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Defect Characteristics Of Optical Surfaces Using Pulsed Laser Damage Methods
Author(s): J. O. Porteus; J. B. Franck; S. C. Seitel; S. D. Allen
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Paper Abstract

Laser damage to optical surfaces, particularly coated surfaces, is typically initiated by material defects which couple strongly to the laser radiation. Knowledge of damage-related defect characteristics is therefore essential to optical material development efforts and to quality control. Such characteristics include individual defect failure levels, defect densities, and content of optically absorbing impurities. Defect failure distributions containing defect density information can be inferred from properly designed laser damage measurements. The data also permit distinction between different damage mechanisms, including nondefect-related mechanisms involving the substrate. Inclusions containing volatile, optically absorbing impurities can be detected by mass analysis of laser-desorbed vapors. These methods will be described, and examples of results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0525, Measurement and Effects of Surface Defects & Quality of Polish, (3 September 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.946343
Show Author Affiliations
J. O. Porteus, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
J. B. Franck, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
S. C. Seitel, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
S. D. Allen, University of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0525:
Measurement and Effects of Surface Defects & Quality of Polish
Lionel R. Baker; Harold E. Bennett, Editor(s)

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