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Surface Potential As A Laser Damage Diagnostic
Author(s): M. F. Becker; J. A. Kardach; A. F. Stewart; A. H. Guenther
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Paper Abstract

We investigated the relationship between surface potential changes and N-on-1 laser surface damage on a wide range of materials. The surface potential or work function difference was measured as a function of position by a small non-contacting Kelvin type probe. The design and operation of the probe is described. With this probe, the change in surface potential due to laser irradiation was mapped with a '1,1 mm resolution. Although no consistent predamage changes in potential were observed, all larger damage features had surface potential changes associated with them. All the insulating materials studied, fluoride and oxide thin films and bare fused silica and magnesium fluoride substrates, showed the accumulation of negative charge in areas more than ten times larger in diameter than the laser beam spot or damage area. This initial charge was observed to decay on the time scale of hours to a lower fixed value of potential.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 1985
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0540, Southwest Conf on Optics '85, (20 November 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.976148
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M. F. Becker, The University of Texas (United States)
J. A. Kardach, Air Force Weapons Laboratory (United States)
A. F. Stewart, Air Force Weapons Laboratory (United States)
A. H. Guenther, Air Force Weapons Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0540:
Southwest Conf on Optics '85
Susanne C. Stotlar, Editor(s)

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