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Laser damage threshold measurements via maximum likelihood estimation
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Paper Abstract

This paper continues an investigation into the applicability of maximum likelihood methods to the problem of laser damage threshold measurement. This year’s investigation applies maximum likelihood methods to an archival set of data and compares two models of damage probability. The Type 1 model has a defined threshold, below which the probability of damage is identically zero, the Type 2 model has finite probability of damage at all fluences. The models are applied to an archival set of data and shown to have similar predictions for the damage threshold, the models differ on the probability of damage at higher fluences. This difference is traced to the fluence selection methods, which in the case of this data set were meant to focus more on the area around threshold. The paper concludes with some next steps in the development of maximum likelihood methods as a laser damage threshold technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8885, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2013, 88850O (14 November 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2030259
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan W. Arenberg, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)
Michael D. Thomas, Spica Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8885:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2013
Gregory J. Exarhos; Vitaly E. Gruzdev; Joseph A. Menapace; Detlev Ristau; MJ Soileau, Editor(s)

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