We report on a femtosecond-laser induced photoluminescence (PL) in poly(methyl methacrylate) and its potential application to three-dimensional optical storage. Irradiation with a focused 800 nm, 1 kHz, 100 fs pulsed laser induced a strong PL change in UVvisible region. Absorption spectra and Fourier-transform infrared spectra before and after laser irradiation indicate the PL may result from the emissive oxidized products of photo-degradation reaction of PMMA. This makes it possible to read out the stored data by detecting the PL change. The pulse energy threshold of the light-induced PL change of PMMA is found to be at ∼2 μJ/pulse and the optimal recording energy is ∼3 μJ/pulse. A ten-layer pattern inside the bulk sample recorded by tightly focusing a pulsed laser beam was read out by a reflection-type fluorescent confocal microscope, which detected the emission in visible range as the signal. High-contract fluorescent images with a much higher signal-to-noise ratio were obtained without crosstalk in comparison with the ordinary reflection mode.
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This work was financially supported by the International Cooperative Research Project, Ultrashort Pulse Laser Project, Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2010-0013646).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics