Abstract

The interaction of high-intensity few-cycle laser pulses with solids opens a new area of fundamental light-material interaction research. The applied research extends from extreme nonlinearity in solids to the next-generation high laser light damage resistance optical design. In this Letter, 11 fs infrared, carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stable, two-cycle laser pulses were applied to investigate the process of laser-material interaction on the ZnSe surface. A systematic study of a few-cycle pulse laser-induced damage threshold on ZnSe was performed for a single-pulse regime (1-on-1). Laser damage morphologies were carefully characterized. Our experiment demonstrated the very beginning of laser-induced structures on the ZnSe surface by using the shortest infrared few-cycle laser pulse currently available with a stable CEP.

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