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Beyond perfection: the need for understanding contamination effects on real-world optics
Author(s): Steven Guch; Floyd E. Hovis
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Paper Abstract

Revolutionary improvements in optical substrates and coatings over the past 25 years allow the design of efficient lasers with 2 to 3X margins to optical damage in real world applications. Despite this, optics failures are frequently encountered during alignment and use, particularly in systems operating in short-pulse modes under sealed-off conditions. The presence of low-level contaminants, due to assembly processes and/or offgassing, is generally the source of this damage. No existing criteria provide scientifically established guidance in selecting or using optical materials to preclude or eliminate these problems. A critical need exists to develop and compile quantitative data analogous to NASA guides for spacecraft materials, allowing designers to control optics damage in future laser systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2114, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1993, (28 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.180900
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Steven Guch, Litton Systems, Inc. (United States)
Floyd E. Hovis, Litton Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2114:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1993
Harold E. Bennett; Lloyd L. Chase; Arthur H. Guenther; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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