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Femtosecond Laser Micromachining

Photonic and Microfluidic Devices in Transparent Materials

  • Roberto Osellame
  • Giulio Cerullo
  • Roberta Ramponi

Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 123)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductory Concepts, Characterization and Optimization Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shane M. Eaton, Giulio Cerullo, Roberto Osellame
      Pages 3-18
    3. Jan Siegel, Javier Solis
      Pages 19-41
    4. Robert R. Thomson, Nicholas D. Psaila, Henry T. Bookey, Derryck T. Reid, Ajoy K. Kar
      Pages 93-125
    5. Peter G. Kazansky, Martynas Beresna
      Pages 127-151
  3. Waveguides and Optical Devices in Glass

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Shane M. Eaton, Peter R. Herman
      Pages 155-195
    3. Nemanja Jovanovic, Alex Fuerbach, Graham D. Marshall, Martin Ams, Michael J. Withford
      Pages 197-225
    4. Haibin Zhang, Peter R. Herman
      Pages 227-264
    5. Giuseppe Della Valle, Roberto Osellame
      Pages 265-292
  4. Waveguides and Optical Devices in Other Transparent Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Matthias Heinrich, Katja Rademaker, Stefan Nolte
      Pages 295-313
    3. Patricia J. Scully, Alexandra Baum, Dun Liu, Walter Perrie
      Pages 315-347
  5. Microsystems and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Alexander Szameit, Felix Dreisow, Stefan Nolte
      Pages 351-388
    3. Rebeca Martínez Vázquez, Giulio Cerullo, Roberta Ramponi, Roberto Osellame
      Pages 389-419
    4. Koji Sugioka
      Pages 421-441

About this book


Femtosecond laser micromachining of transparent material is a powerful and versatile technology. In fact, it can be applied to several materials. It is a maskless technology that allows rapid device prototyping, has intrinsic three-dimensional capabilities and can produce both photonic and microfluidic devices. For these reasons it is ideally suited for the fabrication of complex microsystems with unprecedented functionalities. The book is mainly focused on micromachining of transparent materials which, due to the nonlinear absorption mechanism of ultrashort pulses, allows unique three-dimensional capabilities and can be exploited for the fabrication of complex microsystems with unprecedented functionalities.This book presents an overview of the state of the art of this rapidly emerging topic with contributions from leading experts in the field, ranging from principles of nonlinear material modification to fabrication techniques and applications to photonics and optofluidics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Osellame
    • 1
  • Giulio Cerullo
    • 2
  • Roberta Ramponi
    • 3
  1. 1., IFN-CNRPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2., Department of PhysicsPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  3. 3., Department of PhysicsPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

About the editors

Roberto Osellame is a Research Associate at the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology (IFN), Milan, Italy, of the National Research Council (CNR). From 2001 he is also a Contract Professor of Experimental Physics at the Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include integrated all-optical devices on nonlinear crystals, femtosecond laser micromachining of transparent material, fabrication and characterization of photonic and optofluidic devices and biophotonic applications. He is author of more than 60 scientific papers in premier peer-reviewed journals and received several invitations to major international conferences. He is inventor of two licensed patents in the field of photonics. He is in the technical program committees of the conferences CLEO Europe and Photonics West. He is currently the project coordinator of the 7th Framework Program EU project ‘microFLUID’ (2008-2011).

Giulio Cerullo is Associate Professor of Physics at Politecnico di Milano. His current scientific interests concern generation of few-optical-cycle pulses, ultrafast spectroscopy with time resolution down to a few femtoseconds, and micro/nanostructuring by ultrashort pulses. He is the author of about 200 papers in international journals and has given over 40 invited presentations at international conferences. He is in the technical program committees of the conferences CLEO Europe, CLEO U.S.A., Photonics Europe and Ultrafast Phenomena. He is Topical Editor of the journal Optics Letters for the topic Ultrafast Optical Phenomena. He coordinates the European project HIBISCUS (Hybrid Integrated Bio-Sensors Created by Ultrafast Laser Sources).

Roberta Ramponi is Full Professor of Physics at the Politecnico di Milano, and chair of the bachelor and master-of-science degrees in Physics Engineering. She has a long-standing cooperation with the CNR Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology as associate researcher. Her research activity includes integrated and nonlinear optics, the development of novel fabrication and characterization techniques for optical waveguides, and photonic devices for applications to telecommunications and to biomedical and environmental sensing. She is co-author of over 130 international publications. She was the President of the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2006-2008, now being the Past-President.

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