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Future trends in optical coatings for high-power laser applications
Author(s): Mark R. Kozlowski; Ian M. Thomas
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Paper Abstract

Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research has historically been a driver in the development of high performance, high damage threshold optical coatings. This is particularly the case now as the ICF community develops plans for a proposed 1.8 mega-joule solid state (Nd+3-phosphate glass) laser system. The new system, the National Ignition Facility, is possible in part due to advances in optical coatings technology including the laser-conditioning of multilayer dielectrics and broadened applications for room-temperature deposited coatings. Sol-gel AR coatings are the standard for large, high-power laser optics and sol-gel HR coatings are being developed. For mirror and polarizer coatings, e-beam-deposited dielectrics continue to provide the highest damage threshold coatings, but their laser damage thresholds and optical performance are limited by micrometers -scale defects and poor control over layer thickness, respectively. More energetic deposition techniques such as IAD and IBS, now popular in the commercial market, offer both advantages and disadvantages in this high-damage- threshold coatings market.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2262, Optical Thin Films IV: New Developments, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.185807
Show Author Affiliations
Mark R. Kozlowski, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ian M. Thomas, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2262:
Optical Thin Films IV: New Developments
James D. Rancourt, Editor(s)

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