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Calculation of uncertainty in laser-damage thresholds determined by use of the damage-frequency method
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Paper Abstract

The reported uncertainty is a key parameter in comparing laser damage test results for statistically significant differences. Yet, this important statistic is frequently determined in a nonrigorous manner. This paper presents a Monte Carlo based calculation of the expected distribution of results from a single laser damage threshold (LDT) measurement. The uncertainties in the measured damage frequency and test fluence are used to estimate the probability distributions used in the Monte Carlo model. The model is run many times and the resulting distribution is analzed to yield and estimate the uncertainty in the LDT measurement. It is demonstrated that the distribution of results is not symmetric thus invalidating the use of more conventional closed form formulations for threshold uncertainty.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2428, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1994, (14 July 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.213765
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Jonathan W. Arenberg, TRW Space and Electronics Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2428:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1994
Harold E. Bennett; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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