Reversible Laser-Induced Transformations in Chalcogenide- and Silicate-Based Optical Materials

  • Alexander V. Kolobov
  • Junji Tominaga
  • Vadim P. Veiko
Chapter

Abstract

When exposed to laser light, materials such as chalcogenide and oxide glasses undergo various structural transformations. Often, the effect of light is to heat the material, which may lead to processes such as crystallization. However, there are numerous examples when the electronic excitation plays a very important role as well. In this chapter, we describe various light-induced phenomena in chalcogenide and silicate-based optical materials, putting major accent—where possible—on non-thermal processes. The chapter starts with chalcogenides, where such effects are more strongly pronounced. This is followed by laser-induced processes in silicates. Current applications of photo-induced phenomena in chalcogenides and silicates conclude the chapter. Readers are also invited to see the related chapter by Kononenko and Konov in this volume.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander V. Kolobov
    • 1
  • Junji Tominaga
    • 1
  • Vadim P. Veiko
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanoelectronics Research InstituteNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologyTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Chair of Laser Technologies and Applied Ecology St.Petersburg National Research University of Information TechnologiesSt. PetersburgRussia

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