Abstract

We disagree with the analysis completed by Meunier and colleagues in their comment [Opt. Express 19, 6177 (2011)] regarding our previously published article [Opt. Express 18, 22556 (2010)]. The theoretical basis behind their argument against our conclusions is invalid due to their incorrectly applied assumptions. We provide here the theoretical basis supporting the Poynting vector as a valid and improved predictor for ablation in comparison with the square of the electric field magnitude. We also argue that their experimental results neither prove their conclusion nor disagree with our findings.

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  1. E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  5. D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
    [CrossRef]
  6. B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
    [CrossRef]
  7. H. Takada and M. Obara, “Fabrication of hexagonally arrayed nanoholes using femtosecond laser pulse ablation with template of subwavelength polystyrene particle array,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44(11), 7993–7997 (2005).
    [CrossRef]

2011

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2010

2007

D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005

H. Takada and M. Obara, “Fabrication of hexagonally arrayed nanoholes using femtosecond laser pulse ablation with template of subwavelength polystyrene particle array,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44(11), 7993–7997 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ben-Yakar, A.

R. K. Harrison and A. Ben-Yakar, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate,” Opt. Express 18(21), 22556–22571 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Boneberg, J.

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Boulais, E.

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Desjeans-Gauthier, P.

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Eversole, D.

D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Harrison, R. K.

Hong, M. H.

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kotaidis, V.

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lorenc, M.

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Luk’yanchuk, B.

D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Meunier, M.

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Obara, M.

H. Takada and M. Obara, “Fabrication of hexagonally arrayed nanoholes using femtosecond laser pulse ablation with template of subwavelength polystyrene particle array,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44(11), 7993–7997 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Plech, A.

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Robitaille, A.

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Song, W. D.

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Takada, H.

H. Takada and M. Obara, “Fabrication of hexagonally arrayed nanoholes using femtosecond laser pulse ablation with template of subwavelength polystyrene particle array,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44(11), 7993–7997 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wang, Z. B.

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process.

D. Eversole, B. Luk’yanchuk, and A. Ben-Yakar, “Plasmonic laser nanoablation of silicon by the scattering of femtosecond pulses near gold nanospheres,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 89(2), 283–291 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. Luk’yanchuk, Z. B. Wang, W. D. Song, and M. H. Hong, “Particle on surface: 3D effects in dry laser cleaning,” Appl. Phys., A Mater. Sci. Process. 79(4-6), 747–751 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.

H. Takada and M. Obara, “Fabrication of hexagonally arrayed nanoholes using femtosecond laser pulse ablation with template of subwavelength polystyrene particle array,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 44(11), 7993–7997 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Phys.

A. Plech, V. Kotaidis, M. Lorenc, and J. Boneberg, “Femtosecond laser near-field ablation from gold nanoparticles,” Nat. Phys. 2(1), 44–47 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

E. Boulais, A. Robitaille, P. Desjeans-Gauthier, and M. Meunier, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate: comment,” Opt. Express 19(7), 6177–6178 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. K. Harrison and A. Ben-Yakar, “Role of near-field enhancement in plasmonic laser nanoablation using gold nanorods on a silicon substrate,” Opt. Express 18(21), 22556–22571 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics (Wiley, New York, 1975).

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The enhanced values of electromagnetic fields calculated for a 2µm SiO2 sphere (a – d) and a 150 nm gold particle (e – h) in a water environment at a wavelength of 780 nm. The polarization is in the x direction and the light is propagating in the positive z direction. Note that the x and y axes have been scaled by the radius a for each sphere.

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W = 1 2 Re [ V J E d 3 x ]
J = × H     + D t

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