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Extrapolation of damage test data to predict performance of large-area NIF optics at 355 nm
Author(s): Michael D. Feit; Alexander M. Rubenchik; Mark R. Kozlowski; Francois Y. Genin; Sheldon Schwartz; Lynn Matthew Sheehan
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Paper Abstract

For the aggressive fluence requirements of the NIF laser, some level of laser-induced damage to the large 351 nm final optics is inevitable. Planning and utilization of NIF therefore requires reliable prediction of the functional degradation of the final optics. Laser damage test are typically carried out with Gaussian beams on relatively small test ares. The test yield a damage probability vs. energy fluence relation. These damage probabilities are shown to depend on both the beam fluence distribution and the size of area tested. Thus, some analysis is necessary in order to use these test results to determine expected damage levels for large aperture optics. We present a statistical approach which interprets the damage probability in terms of an underlying intrinsic surface density of damaging defects. This allows extrapolation of test results to different sized areas and different beam shapes. The defect density is found to vary as a power of the fluence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3578, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998, (7 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344413
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Michael D. Feit, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Alexander M. Rubenchik, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Mark R. Kozlowski, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Francois Y. Genin, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sheldon Schwartz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lynn Matthew Sheehan, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3578:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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