Ultrafast dynamics of three types of simultaneous shockwaves and filament attenuation in femtosecond laser multi-pulse ablation of PMMA

Guoyan Wang, Lan Jiang, Jingya Sun, Jie Hu, Qingsong Wang, Ming Li, Yongfeng Lu

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Cylindrical shockwaves inside polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) generated simultaneously with two hemispherical shockwaves induced by a femtosecond Gaussian beam laser were investigated using an ultrafast pump-probe imaging technique. The evolutions of these three shockwaves with probe delay and incident pulse number have been systematically analyzed. The plasma intensity and filament length in the center of cylindrical shockwave both decayed with pulse number. Moreover, the self-focused filament moved downstream towards the output surface with an increased pulse number. The experimental results and mechanism illustrated that energy deposition was suppressed by a degraded nonlinear effect due to a pre-ablated structure in multi-pulse irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081405
JournalChinese Optics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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