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Subpicosecond optical damaging of silica: time-resolved measurements of the light-induced damage threshold
Author(s): Saulius Juodkazis; Andrius Marcinkevicius; Mitsuru Watanabe; Vygantas Mizeikis; Shigeki Matsuo; Hiroaki Misawa
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Paper Abstract

We investigate damage of purified silica (transmission band down to 160 nm) by sub-ps light pulses having a wavelength of 795 nm. Illumination by 350 fs duration pulses focused by a high numerical aperture NA equals 1.35 microscope objective results in one of the lowest reported values for the single-shot bulk light-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of 5 J/cm2, well below the critical self-focusing power in silica. We have also investigated peculiarities of damage by two coincident laser pulses (duration 440 fs) having power of about 0.5 x LIDT, and linearly cross-polarized to avoid interference effects. The reduction of LIDT in silica is demonstrated for an elevated lattice temperature T equals 400 K, at which the thermal linear/volume expansion coefficient has its maximum. Comparison between the LIDT values obtained from the numeric simulation and experiments demonstrates that the critical density of optically generated free carriers corresponding to LIDT ncr approximately equal to 1021cm-3 is reached during the first half time of the laser pulse illumination (0.2ps).

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4347, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2000, (12 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.425013
Show Author Affiliations
Saulius Juodkazis, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)
Andrius Marcinkevicius, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)
Mitsuru Watanabe, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)
Vygantas Mizeikis, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)
Shigeki Matsuo, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)
Hiroaki Misawa, Univ. of Tokushima (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4347:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2000
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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