Light-induced metallization in laser-deposited gallium films

Kevin F. MacDonald*, Vassili A. Fedotov, Robert W. Eason, Nikolay I. Zheludev, Andrei V. Rode, Barry Luther-Davies, Vladimir I. Emel'yanov

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    Light-induced metallization was studied in laser-deposited gallium films. It was found that mirrors prepared upon silica glass by ultrafast pulsed laser deposition of elemental gallium shows a highly reproducible and fully reversible light-induced reflectivity increase. The effect was explained as being due to nonthermal light-induced metallization of gallium at the interface.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-334
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001


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