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Mirror Figure-Of-Merit And Material Index-Of-Goodness For High Power Laser Beam Reflectors
Author(s): Claude A. Klein
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide guidelines for assessing the performance of actively cooled high-power/high-energy laser beam (HEL) reflectors. The first segment concerns a highly simplified situation involving steady-state irradiance-mapping distortions only; a comprehensive "mirror figure of merit" may thus be defined for characterizing the performance of HEL reflectors, in the absence of pressure-induced ripples. In the second part, a generalized mirror/heat-exchanger model is used for evaluating the potential impact of coolant-induced distortions, for identifying key properties of mirror materials, and for creating a "material index of goodness" applicable to HEL reflectors; the most promising candidates are silicon carbide and tungsten.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932025
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Claude A. Klein, Raytheon Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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