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Specification Of Infrared Optical Materials For Laser Applications
Author(s): Raymond L. Taylor; Jitendra S. Goela
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Paper Abstract

The problem of selecting an infrared optical material for a laser is complicated by the many types of laser devices and the large number of potential optical materials available. The authors have described a methodology to design an optical window for an infrared laser, and illustrate this method by specific examples and analyses. This paper considers transmissive infrared materials over the wavelength range of 2-14 pm which encompasses the most widely used infrared lasers - HF, DF, CO, CO2 and N20. The physical data for sixteen (16) potential infrared transmissive materials are provided for reference. The methodology considers the important mechanical, thermal and optical issues. Although each laser application problem is unique, the techniques described can be applied to a wide range of devices and laser characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 1986
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0607, Optical Component Specifications for Laser-based Systems and Other Modern Optical Systems, (14 July 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.956359
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Raymond L. Taylor, CVD Incorporated (United States)
Jitendra S. Goela, CVD Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0607:
Optical Component Specifications for Laser-based Systems and Other Modern Optical Systems
Robert E. Fischer; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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