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Performance of thin borosilicate glass sheets at 351 nm
Author(s): Pamela K. Whitman; Michael C Staggs; Christopher W. Carr; Sham N. Dixit; Walter D. Sell; David Milam
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Paper Abstract

Commercial thin borosilicate glass sheets have been evaluated for use as a single-shot optic debris shield to separate the radiation and contamination produced by the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiment from the expensive precision laser optics which focus and shape the 351-nm laser beam which irradiates the target. The goal of this work is identification of low cost materials that can deliver acceptable beam energy and focal spots to the target. The two parameters that dominate the transmitted beam quality are the transmitted wave front error and bulk absorption. This paper focuses on the latter. To date, the materials with the lowest linear 351-nm absorption have also generally demonstrated the lowest nonlinear absorption. Commercial materials have been identified which approach the beam energy and focus requirements for many ICF missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4679, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2001, (9 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461722
Show Author Affiliations
Pamela K. Whitman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael C Staggs, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher W. Carr, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sham N. Dixit, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Walter D. Sell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
David Milam, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4679:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2001
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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