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Observation of laser-induced damage on fused silica initiated by scratches
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Paper Abstract

A major issue in high power lasers for fusion is laser-induced damage on optics and its evolution in time after a large number of shots. Since damage is often characterized by an initial surface crack, its surface usually increases, following an exponential law. Surface scratches have been made on silica samples in order to get calibrated fractures. Then, to test different experimental conditions, we made a variety of scratches in terms of length and depth. The samples are then irradiated by a Nd:YAG laser first at 1064 nm (1w) then at 355 nm (3w). They are successively tested with the scratches facing the laser beam or placed with the scratches on the back surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5647, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2004, (21 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.585290
Show Author Affiliations
Herve Bercegol, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Roger Courchinoux, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Michel A. Josse, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Jean Luc Rullier, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5647:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2004
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Norbert Kaiser; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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