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Laser damage in multispectral optical coatings for the ABL
Author(s): Alan F. Stewart; Lynn Bonsall; Jerry Ray Bettis; James Copland; Keith P. Healey; Gerald B. Charlton; William Hughes; Juan Carlos Echeverry
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Paper Abstract

Coatings designed for use in the Airborne Laser (ABL) have stringent requirements for reflectance over several spectral bands in addition to extremely low absorption and high damage threshold at the 1315nm output of the chemical oxygen iodine laser. The complexity of these coatings leads to difficulty in design and fabrication particularly on curved optical surfaces with large apertures. A series of witness samples were fabricated to evaluate the state-of-the-art for this type of coating and provide appropriate design criteria for the ABL optical train. Damage testing at 1315nm under CW conditions was performed at the RADICL laser facility at Kirtland AFB. Limited optical characterization before and after the test was performed at the OCEL facility to evaluate the quality of the samples and to identify damage. The results of these test and characterization will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3578, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998, (7 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344403
Show Author Affiliations
Alan F. Stewart, Boeing North American Inc. (United States)
Lynn Bonsall, Boeing North American Inc. (United States)
Jerry Ray Bettis, Boeing North American Inc. (United States)
James Copland, Logicon R&D Associates (United States)
Keith P. Healey, Logicon R&D Associates (United States)
Gerald B. Charlton, Consultant (United States)
William Hughes, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (United States)
Juan Carlos Echeverry, SMC/TMAC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3578:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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