Y. Bellouard and M.-O. Hongler, "Femtosecond-laser generation of self-organized bubble patterns in fused silica," Opt. Express 19, 6807–6821 (2011).
 
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By continuously scanning a femtosecond laser beam across a fused silica specimen, we demonstrate the formation of self-organized bubbles buried in the material. Rather than using high intensity pulses and high numerical aperture to induce explosions in the material, here bubbles form as a consequence of cumulative energy deposits. We observe a transition between chaotic and self-organized patterns at high scanning rate (above 10 mm/s). Through modeling the energy exchange, we outline the similarities of this phenomenon with other non-linear dynamical systems. Furthermore, we demonstrate with this method the high-speed writing of two- and three- dimensional bubble “crystals” in bulk silica. (Download / PDF)