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Preceding civilizations succeeded in transmitting their cultural heritage, using fi rst stone and then paper as storage media. Paradoxically, our numerical civilization, which produces a lot more information and knowledge, has not answered this challenge yet. Current magnetic and optical recording media have improved in terms of storage capacity and access(More)
Three-dimensional fluorescent nanostructures are photoinduced by a near-infrared high repetition rate femtosecond laser in a silver-containing femto-photoluminescent glass. By adjusting the laser dose (fluence, number of pulses, and repetition rate), these stabilized intense fluorescent structures, composed of silver clusters, can be achieved with a perfect(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) femtosecond laser direct structuring in transparent materials is widely used for photonic applications. However, the structure size is limited by the optical diffraction. Here we report on a direct laser writing technique that produces subwavelength nanostructures independently of the experimental limiting factors. We demonstrate 3D(More)
We demonstrate that direct femtosecond laser writing in silver-containing zinc and gallium phosphate glass enables generation of three-dimensional (3D) optical second-order nonlinear microstructures having an χ(2) value about 2.5 times that of quartz. The proposed physical model involves photo-reduction, photo-dissociation, and migration of silver species(More)
Thermal stress at 100 °C for more than 3168 h of a fluorescent optical memory composed of laser written silver nano clusters embedded in glass has been performed. Measurements of luminescence spectra have been carried out at different times, showing a decreasing and an increasing evolution of the red and the blue part of the spectrum, respectively. This(More)
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