We investigated the interaction between femotsecond laser and polyimide with a high repetition femtosecond fiber laser and a precisely motorized 3D stage. We have found that high repetition femtosecond laser pulse train can effectively fabricate double-layer electrical conductive tracks inside a polyimide (PI) sheets by a single-time irradiation. This interaction comprised multi-photon absorption, dissociation of polymer molecules and the thermal accumulation. The experiment unveiled that dual-layer carbonization was a consequence of an inside micro-lens formed instantly as laser was just focused into the inside of polyimide. This micro-lens further focused the subsequent laser pulse to carbonize the polymer through multi-photon excitation, bond breaking and graphite layer reformation and eventually form the second electronic conductive layer. The second conductive layer was generated below the focal point. With the laser irradiating is kept at the same height, the top layer at the focused plane continued to absorb laser energy then carbonized into the conductive layer. We called the process as a kind of self-focusing phenomenon. We study the focus effect of inside microlenses under different laser powers and irradiation times. The gap of double electronic tracks embedded in the polyimide matrix can be adjusted with the laser processing parameters. When the gap is more than 30 micrometer, two conductive layers are electrically insulating. While the gap is smaller than 10 micrometer, two conductive layers are electrically connected. Various applications, such as, supercapacitors, capacitive sensors and the field effect transistors were investigated in the flexible PI sheets using this 3D double-layer electrical conductive architecture.
With the developing of wearable electronics and information society, integrated energy storage devices are urgently demanded to be integrated on flexible substrates. We successfully demonstrated using direct laser-reduction of the hydrated GO and chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) nanocomposite to fabricate in-plane micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) with fast ion diffusion on paper. The electrode conductivity of these flexible nanocomposites reaches up to 1.1 x 10<sup>6</sup> S m<sup>-1</sup>, which enhances superior rate capability of micro-supercapacitors, and large specific capacitances of 0.77 mF cm<sup>-2</sup> (17.2 F cm<sup>-3</sup> for volumetric capacitance) at 1 V s<sup>-1</sup>, and 0.46 mF cm<sup>-2</sup> (10.2 F cm<sup>-3</sup>) at 100 V s<sup>-1</sup>. We also have demonstrated that pulsed laser irradiation rapidly converts the polyimide (PI) sheets into an electrically conductive porous carbon structure in ambient conditions. The specific capacitance of single layer surface supercapacitors can reach 20.4 mF/cm<sup>2</sup> at 0.1 mA/cm<sup>2</sup> discharge current density. Furthermore, we successfully fabricate the multi-layer supercapacitor with the PI substrate using 3D femtosecond laser direct writing, and the specific capacitances of three layers supercapacitors is 37.5 mF/cm<sup>2</sup>.
A femtosecond (fs) laser beam machining method has been proposed to improve the quality of micromachining. At first, the coated silica sheet is prepared by pulsed laser deposition, then the coated silica is processed by the fs laser. After that, the aluminum film on a fused silica sheet is cleared out by hydrochloric acid (HCl) in a solution of 10%, and then the microhole array is formed on the silica which has better morphologies. Additionally, some mathematical models are constructed to analyze the diffusion of vapors and reflection of shock waves during the machining process. The theoretical results show that the aluminum film can effectively decrease the pressure gradient of the vapors and the reflection of shock wave pressure on the fused silica during the machining process. The simulation is consistent with experimental results. Finally, coating with a film or not has a great influence on the quality of micromachining, but the types of coating films have little influence. In a word, it is an excellent choice to improve the quality of fs laser processing by coating with a film on a fused silica sheet.
Random laser actions in a disordered media based on ethylene glycol doped with Rh6G dye and Au nanorods have been
demonstrated. It was observed that the size of Au nanorods strongly affects the pump threshold. The experiment results
suggesting that the random lasing properties are dominated by the surface plasmons.
Femtosecond laser micropatterning of silicon with nanometric surface modulation is demonstrated by irradiating through a diffracting pinhole. The irradiation results obtained at fluences above the melting threshold are characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy and reveal a good agreement with Fresnel diffraction theory. LIPSS have been generated in the micropatterning surface. We found Ripples spacing were found of 550-680 nm. Based on the Sipe and Drude model, the theoretical period of LIPSS is closer to experimental measurements. Due to the diffraction, the LIPPS having a different period appear in a diffraction micropatterning.