PhotoniX, Volume. 4, Issue 1, 24(2023)

Ultrafast laser-induced self-organized nanostructuring in transparent dielectrics: fundamentals and applications

Bo Zhang1、*, Zhuo Wang1, Dezhi Tan2, and Jiangrong Qiu1、**
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  • 1State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China
  • 2Zhejiang Lab, Hangzhou, China
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    Inscribing functional micro-nano-structures in transparent dielectrics enables constructing all-inorganic photonic devices with excellent integration, robustness, and durability, but remains a great challenge for conventional fabrication techniques. Recently, ultrafast laser-induced self-organization engineering has emerged as a promising rapid prototyping platform that opens up facile and universal approaches for constructing various advanced nanophotonic elements and attracted tremendous attention all over the world. This paper summarizes the history and important milestones in the development of ultrafast laser-induced self-organized nanostructuring (ULSN) in transparent dielectrics and reviews recent research progresses by introducing newly reported physical phenomena, theoretical mechanisms/models, regulation techniques, and engineering applications, where representative works related to next-generation light manipulation, data storage, optical detecting are discussed in detail. This paper also presents an outlook on the challenges and future trends of ULSN, and important issues merit further exploration.


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    Bo Zhang, Zhuo Wang, Dezhi Tan, Jiangrong Qiu. Ultrafast laser-induced self-organized nanostructuring in transparent dielectrics: fundamentals and applications[J]. PhotoniX, 2023, 4(1): 24

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    Category: Research Articles

    Received: Nov. 23, 2022

    Accepted: Jul. 12, 2023

    Published Online: Aug. 3, 2023

    The Author Email: Zhang Bo (, Qiu Jiangrong (