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Accelerated lifetime testing of fused silica for deep ultraviolet laser applications revised
Author(s): Christian Mühlig; Simon Bublitz
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Paper Abstract

We report on the continuation of a comparative study of different fused silica materials for ArF laser applications. After selecting potentially suited fused silica materials from their laser-induced absorption and compaction obtained by a short-time testing procedure, accelerated lifetime tests have been undertaken by sample irradiating at liquid nitrogen temperature and subsequent direct absorption measurements were made using the laser-induced deflection technique. The obtained degradation acceleration strongly differs between fused silica materials, showing high and low oxygen hole (OH) contents, respectively. As a result, a difference in the absorption degradation mechanism between high and low OH-containing fused silica is proposed. Consequently, two different scenarios for an acceleration of the absorption degradation are derived.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(12) 122508 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.12.122508
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Christian Mühlig, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)
Simon Bublitz, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V. (Germany)

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