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Laser conditioning mechanism revealed by defect and absorption variation in the bulk and at the surface of KDP/DKDP crystals
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Paper Abstract

Previous works proved that laser conditioning process was able to improve laser induced damage thresholds (LIDTs) in the bulk of KDP/DKDP crystals. In this paper, it's also demonstrated that laser conditioning process was an effective method to improve LIDTs at their surface. The variation of scattering defects and absorption in the bulk of DKDP crystals during laser pre-exposure was investigated by combining light scattering technique and on-line transmittance measurement technique. Laser-induced disappearance of scattering defects and decrease of absorption revealed the mitigation process of laser damage initiators in the bulk of KDP/DKDP crystals. At the surface of KDP/DKDP crystals, most of damage initiators were the invisible defects. Laser conditioning process could mitigate the invisible defects, but it's hard to mitigate the indentation with fractures. Therefore, it's admitted that laser conditioning process could help to improve the optical properties of crystal material, but it's hard to improve the properties of optical finishing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10014, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 2016, 100140M (6 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2245003
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Guohang Hu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yuanan Zhao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Dawei Li, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Xiaofeng Liu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Meiping Zhu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Jianda Shao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10014:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 2016
Greg J. Exarhos; Vitaly E. Gruzdev; Joseph A. Menapace; Detlev Ristau; MJ Soileau, Editor(s)

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