Microheater controlled part-per-million-level absorption measurements using Photothermal Common Path Interferometry

Philip R Armstrong, Andrew K. Brown, Kyle D. Olson, Joseph J Talghader

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Abstract

Free carrier absorption is a major component of the laser-induced breakdown of optical materials. Free carriers mediate intense absorption of incident laser light, and the resulting heat transfers to the lattice, generating more carriers, creating a catastrophic runaway process. Unfortunately, measurements at very low levels of free carriers relevant to laser breakdown are very difficult, particularly when measurements must be taken at highly elevated temperatures. This paper describes a photothermal common path interferometer (PCI) system that is enhanced by use of micromachined heaters to control local substrate temperatures. The temperature dependence of the free carrier absorption of aluminum oxide and silicon are measured. The aluminum oxide is shown to have essentially no variation in absorption with temperature up to 700K, but silicon shows an exponential increase as would be expected by the relative sizes of their bandgaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOMN 2015 Jerusalem - 2015 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781467368346
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015
EventInternational Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, OMN 2015 - Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 5 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics
Volume02-05-August-2015
ISSN (Print)2160-5033
ISSN (Electronic)2160-5041

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, OMN 2015
CountryIsrael
CityJerusalem
Period8/2/158/5/15

Keywords

  • Interferometry
  • free carrier absorption
  • microheater

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    Armstrong, P. R., Brown, A. K., Olson, K. D., & Talghader, J. J. (2015). Microheater controlled part-per-million-level absorption measurements using Photothermal Common Path Interferometry. In OMN 2015 Jerusalem - 2015 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, Proceedings [7288882] (International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics; Vol. 02-05-August-2015). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/OMN.2015.7288882