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Cooling options for high-average-power laser mirrors
Author(s): D. Vojna; O. Slezak; A. Lucianetti; T. Mocek
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Paper Abstract

Thermally-induced deformations of steering mirrors reflecting 100 J/10 Hz laser pulses in vacuum have been analyzed. This deformation is caused by the thermal stress arisen due to parasitic absorption of 1 kW square-shaped flat-top laser beam in the dielectric multi-layer structure. Deformation depends on amount of absorbed power and geometry of the mirror as well as on the heat removal scheme. In our calculations, the following percentages of absorption of the incident power have been used: 1%, 0.5% and 0.1%. The absorbed power has been considered to be much higher than that expected in reality to assess the worst case scenario. Rectangular and circular mirrors made of zerodur (low thermal expansion glass) were considered for these simulations. The effect of coating layers on induced deformations has been neglected. Induced deformation of the mirror surface can significantly degrade the quality of the laser beam in the beam delivery system. Therefore, the proper design of the cooling scheme for the mirror in order to minimize the deformations is needed. Three possible cooling schemes of the mirror have been investigated. The first one takes advantage of a radiation cooling of the mirror and a copper heatsink fixed to the rear face of the mirror, the second scheme is based on additional heat conduction provided by flexible copper wires connected to the mirror holder, and the last scheme combines two above mentioned methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 January 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9442, Optics and Measurement Conference 2014, 94421G (7 January 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086590
Show Author Affiliations
D. Vojna, Institute of Physics of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
O. Slezak, Institute of Physics of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
A. Lucianetti, Institute of Physics of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
T. Mocek, Institute of Physics of the AS CR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9442:
Optics and Measurement Conference 2014
Jana Kovačičinová; Tomáš Vít, Editor(s)

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