Femtosecond laser fabrication of LIPSS-based waveplates on metallic surfaces

Femtosecond laser fabrication of LIPSS-based waveplates on metallic surfaces
Summary
A.San-Blas, M.Martinez-Calderon, J.Buencuerpo, L.M.Sanchez-Brea, J.del Hoyo, M.Gómez-Aranzadi, A.Rodríguez, S.M.Olaizola   A fast and reliable method for the fabrication of polarization modifying devices using femtosecond laser is reported. A setup based on line focusing is used for the generation of LIPSS on stainless steel, processing atdifferent speeds between 0.8 and 2.4 mm/s with constant energy per pulse of 1.4 mJ. SEM and AFM char-acterizations of the LIPSS show a progressive increase in period as the processing speed increases, while height remains approximately constant in the studied range. Optical characterization of the devices shows an induced change in the polarization of the reflected beam that varies with the processing speed, which allows a controlled fabrication of these devices.
Femtosecond laser fabrication of LIPSS-based waveplates on metallic surfaces
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