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Time- and frequency-resolved investigation of thin film laser damage
Author(s): Eberhard Welsch; Klaus R. Mann; Michael Reichling; K. Ettrich
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Paper Abstract

Experimental results on the damage of dielectric coatings are considered in the light of an extended mathematical treatment of the thermoelastic material response after nanosecond up to femtosecond UV laser irradiations. The deviation from the r0.5-law even for the thermal loss mechanisms can be understood, taking into consideration both damage measurements in a vacuum environment and the related laser intensity profile. On the other hand, the calculation and high-resolution measurement of the thermoelastic sample surface response for thermally thin as well as thick optical coatings in the frequency domain demonstrates the potentiality of the photothermal displacement technique with respect to the nondestructive, laterally and depth-resolved characterization of the laser damage resistivity within the films.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1994
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2114, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1993, (28 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.180916
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Eberhard Welsch, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Klaus R. Mann, Laser Lab. Goettingen e.V. (Germany)
Michael Reichling, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)
K. Ettrich, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)


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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