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Temperature activated absorption during laser-induced damage: the evolution of laser-supported solid-state absorption fronts
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Paper Abstract

Previously we have shown that the size of laser induced damage sites in both KDP and SiO2 is largely governed by the duration of the laser pulse which creates them. Here we present a model based on experiment and simulation that accounts for this behavior. Specifically, we show that solid-state laser-supported absorption fronts are generated during a damage event and that these fronts propagate at constant velocities for laser intensities up to 4 GW/cm2. It is the constant absorption front velocity that leads to the dependence of laser damage site size on pulse duration. We show that these absorption fronts are driven principally by the temperatureactivated deep sub band-gap optical absorptivity, free electron transport, and thermal diffusion in defect-free silica for temperatures up to 15,000K and pressures < 15GPa. In addition to the practical application of selecting an optimal laser for pre-initiation of large aperture optics, this work serves as a platform for understanding general lasermatter interactions in dielectrics under a variety of conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 December 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7842, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2010, 78420N (2 December 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.867723
Show Author Affiliations
C. W. Carr, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. D. Bude, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
N. Shen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. DeMange, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7842:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2010
Gregory J. Exarhos; Vitaly E. Gruzdev; Joseph A. Menapace; Detlev Ristau; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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