Angular dispersion compensation for acoustooptic devices used for ultrashort-pulsed laser micromachining

Ultrashort pulsed laser material processing is a new micromachining method that is gaining interest. Its capability of submicrometer machining has been proved. To obtain high speed and highly flexible beam steering, a two-axis acousto-optic deflector is employed. However, dispersion associated with acoustic-optic interaction will cause serious spatial deformation on the writing spot. The compensation for dispersion is proposed and studied. Experiments show promising results. An additional advantage of the proposed compensation method is that it can also precisely control the pulse number, and, hence improve the quality of ablation.

2001 Optical Society of America