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Calculated and thermally measured laser damage in metallic thin films as a function of pulse duration
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Paper Abstract

Laser damage in metallic thin films is investigated in materials such as Gold and Nickel with different pulse durations from 1s to 10ns. In these materials, damage phenomena can be clearly investigated through thermal effects. Then, the heat equation is solved for monolayers which offers the prediction of transient temperature in each case. These results of calculations are compared to LIDT measurements at 1.O6μm and associated to morphology studies made by Atomic Force Microscope. Different mechanisms are highlighted, depending on the layer thickness. The experimental and theoretical results are found to agree well in the range of milliseconds to nanoseconds. This study offers a significant understanding for the design of metal-dielectric multilayers, such as broadband light absorbers, filters or mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4932, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2002 and 7th International Workshop on Laser Beam and Optics Characterization, (30 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.472394
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Laurent Gallais, Institut Fresnel/ENSPM (France)
Claude Amra, Institut Fresnel/ENSPM (France)
Jean-Yves Natoli, Institut Fresnel/ENSPM (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4932:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2002 and 7th International Workshop on Laser Beam and Optics Characterization
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Norbert Kaiser; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz; Adolf Giesen; Horst Weber, Editor(s)

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