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Damage threshold measurements using femtosecond excimer laser
Author(s): Klaus R. Mann; G. Pfeifer; Guenter Reisse
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Paper Abstract

In the UV spectral range commonly excimer lasers with a pulse length of 20 - 30 ns are used for damage testing of optical components. In this paper we present for the first time damage threshold data measured with a KrF excimer laser (248 nm) of 560 fs pulse duration. The tested materials were several UV transmitting crystals, fused silica, and dielectric coatings. The comparison of the threshold data with the respective nanosecond laser results at the same wavelength reveals that in all cases lower damage thresholds are obtained. However, the decrease in threshold was not as strong as could be expected from the more than 4 orders of magnitude higher pulse power density at the same fluence level. Transmission measurements indicate a strong decrease of the transmitted radiation with increasing pulse power below the onset level of damage, which can be interpreted by enhanced multiphoton absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1848, 24th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium Proceedings -- Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1992, (24 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147443
Show Author Affiliations
Klaus R. Mann, Laser-Lab. Goettingen e.V. (Germany)
G. Pfeifer, Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft Mittweida (Germany)
Guenter Reisse, Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft Mittweida (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1848:
24th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium Proceedings -- Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1992
Harold E. Bennett; Lloyd L. Chase; Arthur H. Guenther; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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