Thermal response and optical absorptance of metals under femtosecond laser irradiation
Anatoliy Y Vorobyev, Chunlei Guo
DOI: 10.4236/ns.2011.36068   PDF   HTML     5,942 Downloads   12,096 Views   Citations


A detailed study on correlation between residual thermal response of a sample and its optical absorptance change due to laser-induced sur-face structural modifications in multi-shot fem-tosecond laser irradiation is performed. Ex-periments reveal an overall enhancement for residual thermal coupling and absorptance in air. Surprisingly, residual thermal coupling in air shows a non-monotonic dependence on pulse number and reaches a minimum value after a certain number of pulses, while these behaviors are not seen in absorptance. In vacuum, how-ever, both suppression and enhancement are seen in residual energy coupling although ab-sorptance is always enhanced. From these ob-servations, it appears that air plasma plays a dominant role in thermal coupling at a relatively low number of applied pulses, while the forma-tion of craters plays a dominant role at a high number of pulses.

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Vorobyev, A. and Guo, C. (2011) Thermal response and optical absorptance of metals under femtosecond laser irradiation. Natural Science, 3, 488-495. doi: 10.4236/ns.2011.36068.

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