Two-photon polymerization with diode lasers emitting ultrashort pulses with high repetition rate

G. Zyla1, N. Surkamp2, E.L. Gurevich1,3, C. Esen1, A. Klehr4, A. Knigge4, M.R. Hofmann2, and A. Ostendorf1

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Opt. Lett., vol. 45, no. 17, pp. 4827-4830 (2020).

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In this Letter, we investigate the resolution of two-photon polymerization (2PP) with an amplified mode-locked external cavity diode laser with adjustable pulse length and a high repetition rate. The experimental results are analyzed with a newly developed 2PP model. Even with low pulse peak intensity, the produced structural dimensions are comparable to those generated by traditional 2PP laser sources. Thus, we show that a compact monolithic picosecond laser diode without amplification and with a repetition rate in the GHz regime can also be applied for 2PP. These results show the high application potential of compact mode-locked diode lasers for low-cost and compact 2PP systems.

1 Applied Laser Technologies Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
2 Photonics and Terahertz Technology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
3 Laser Center (LFM), University of Applied Sciences Münster, Steinfurt, Germany
4 Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Berlin, Germany