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Laser damage thresholds in fused silica structured light gratings
Author(s): Alan M. Frank; Calvin H. Gillespie
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Paper Abstract

Computer-generated, ion-milled, holographic structures and gratings are being used for multiple splitting of high-power pulsed laser beams. The structures were manufactured by Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville Alabama and both a linear grating and a 2D structure were tested. Damage thresholds were measured in single-shot exposure using a 300 mj, 1 micrometers wavelength laser with a nominal 15 ns gaussian pulse. Energy densities on the gratings were adjusted with a focusing lens and the energy distribution was mapped with an imaging profiler. The gratings were examined dynamically for sparking and breakdown. They were examined after exposure using phase contrast microscopy. Initial results indicate the grating surface is always damaged before the smooth surface independent of the beam direction. The initial indication is that the average energy density threshold for single-shot damage is in the excess of 12 j/cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2714, 27th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium: Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1995, (27 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.240388
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Alan M. Frank, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Calvin H. Gillespie, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2714:
27th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium: Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1995
Harold E. Bennett; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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