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Laser damage precursors in fused silica
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Paper Abstract

There is a longstanding, and largely unexplained, correlation between the laser damage susceptibility of optical components and both the surface quality of the optics, and the presence of near surface fractures in an optic. In the present work, a combination of acid leaching, acid etching, and confocal time resolved photoluminescence (CTP) microscopy has been used to study laser damage initiation at indentation sites. The combination of localized polishing and variations in indentation loads allows one to isolate and characterize the laser damage susceptibility of densified, plastically flowed and fractured fused silica. The present results suggest that: 1) laser damage initiation and growth are strongly correlated with fracture surfaces, while densified and plastically flowed material is relatively benign, and 2) fracture events result in the formation of an electronically defect rich surface layer which promotes energy transfer from the optical beam to the glass matrix.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 2009
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7504, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2009, 75040X (31 December 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.836986
Show Author Affiliations
P. E. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. I. Suratwala, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. D. Bude, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. A. Laurence, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
N. Shen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
W. A. Steele, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. D. Feit, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. A. Menapace, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
L. L. Wong, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7504:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2009
Gregory J. Exarhos; Vitaly E. Gruzdev; Detlev Ristau; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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