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Studies on thin films as short pulse laser debris shields
Author(s): Jens Schwarz; Patrick Rambo; Matthias Geissel; Daniel Headley; Marc Ramsey; Briggs Atherton
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Paper Abstract

Optical properties of various thin films such as Nitrocellulose, Mylar, and Polyimide were investigated with respect to their application as laser debris shields. Studies on optical and spectral transmission quality, absorption, stress induced birefringence, and damage threshold have been performed. Scalability to large apertures was also considered. Studies were performed of how focusing geometry, target alignment, and mechanical components can help mitigate target debris traveling back to the focusing optic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6720, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2007, 67200Q (20 December 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.752605
Show Author Affiliations
Jens Schwarz, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Patrick Rambo, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Matthias Geissel, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Daniel Headley, American Staff Augmentation Providers (United States)
Marc Ramsey, American Staff Augmentation Providers (United States)
Briggs Atherton, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6720:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2007
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Keith L. Lewis; Detlev Ristau; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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