, Volume 79, Issue 7, pp 1695-1709
Date: 23 Jun 2004

Dynamics of femtosecond laser interactions with dielectrics

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Abstract

Femtosecond laser pulses appear as an emerging and promising tool for processing wide bandgap dielectric materials for a variety of applications. This article aims to provide an overview of recent progress in understanding the fundamental physics of femtosecond laser interactions with dielectrics that may have the potential for innovative materials applications. The focus of the overview is the dynamics of femtosecond laser-excited carriers and the propagation of femtosecond laser pulses inside dielectric materials.

PACS

61.80.Ba; 52.38.Mf; 42.65.Jx; 78.47.+p; 71.35.-y