Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 119, Issue 3, pp 456–459 | Cite as

Formation of luminescence centers and nonlinear optical effects in silver-containing glasses under femtosecond laser pulses

  • D. A. Klyukin
  • A. I. Sidorov
  • A. I. Ignatiev
  • N. V. Nikonorov
  • M. Silvennoinen
  • Yu. P. Svirko
Condensed-Matter Spectroscopy

Abstract

It is experimentally shown that irradiation of silver-containing silicate glass by IR femtosecond laser pulses leads to generation of free electrons in glass as a result of multiphoton ionization. Free electrons, being captured by charged molecular silver clusters, transform them into the neutral state, as a result of which the luminescence intensity along the laser-pulse track significantly increases. When a laser pulse propagates in glass, cubic nonlinearity dominates in the initial portion of the path, which leads to pulse self-focusing and filamentation. In the final portion of the path, the dominant process is self-defocusing, which is caused by the local decrease in the refractive index as a result of multiphoton generation of free electrons.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Klyukin
    • 1
  • A. I. Sidorov
    • 1
  • A. I. Ignatiev
    • 1
  • N. V. Nikonorov
    • 1
  • M. Silvennoinen
    • 2
  • Yu. P. Svirko
    • 2
  1. 1.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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