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Testing of optical components to assure performance in a high-average-power environment
Author(s): Robert Chow; John R. Taylor; William K. Eickelberg; Keith A. Primdahl
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Paper Abstract

Evaluation and testing of the optical components used in the atomic vapor laser isotope separation plant is critical for qualification of suppliers, developments of new optical multilayer designs and manufacturing processes, and assurance of performance in the production cycle. The range of specifications requires development of specialized test equipment and methods which are not routine or readily available in industry. Specifications are given on material characteristics such as index homogeneity, subsurface damage left after polishing, microscopic surface defects and contamination, coating absorption, and high average power laser damage. The approach to testing these performance characteristics and assuring the quality throughout the production cycle is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3134, Optical Manufacturing and Testing II, (1 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279124
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Chow, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John R. Taylor, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
William K. Eickelberg, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Keith A. Primdahl, United States Enrichment Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3134:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing II
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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