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Parity violation in chiral structure creation under femtosecond laser irradiation in silica glass?

Authors
  • Poumellec, Bertrand
  • Lancry, Matthieu
  • Desmarchelier, Rudy
  • Hervé, Eveline
  • Bourguignon, Bernard
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2016
Source
HAL-Mines ParisTech
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English
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Abstract

The paper addresses the creation of circular optical properties from a femtosecond laser light beam with a linear polarization in an achiral material (glass) under an orthogonal incidence. In this situation, all aspects of the experiment are achiral and therefore should not give rise to chiral property creation. From that observation, we propose an interpretation that involves the action of a light-induced torque on the matter carrying a light-induced dielectric moment. We found that a direct current (DC) electric field could be produced in the lattice by the femtosecond laser in our conditions and that a non-collinear dielectric moment is created by a nonlinear effect between the DC electric field and the stress field due to the transformation of the material. We reveal that it is possible to break the chiral symmetry of glass using an intense, ultrashort laser light pulse.

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