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High-strength optical glasses for high-fluence laser applications
Author(s): Suresh T. Gulati
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Paper Abstract

Fused silica spatial filter lenses for high-fluence lasers like Nova and Beamlet can experience optical damage on the vacuum side if the tensile stress due to pressure differential exceeds the threshold level. The damage is initiated by slow crack growth and culminates into catastrophic crack growth when the stress intensity approaches the critical value. If the elastic energy released by lens flexure, which is proportional to square of the stress, is high the lens can implode into several fragments causing further damage to associated equipment. This paper presents an alternate approach for designing and manufacturing high strength optical glasses which will not experience tensile stresses in excess of threshold level. Consequently, lenses made from these glasses will not be subjected to slow crack growth and their laser-damage threshold will be significantly higher. Furthermore, the lens thickness can be reduced by 50 to 70 percent thereby improving its optical performance over a wide range of wavelengths. The trade-offs between strength, lens thickness and stored elastic energy are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2966, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996, (13 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274248
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Suresh T. Gulati, Corning Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2966:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996
Harold E. Bennett; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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