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Laser conditioning methods of hafnia-silica multilayer mirrors
Author(s): Christopher J. Stolz; Lynn Matthew Sheehan; Stephen M. Maricle; Sheldon Schwartz; Jean Hue
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Paper Abstract

A variety of 1064-nm laser conditioning methods were investigated to find the optimum method for production of large aperture (0.25 m2) multilayer coatings for the National Ignition Facility and Laser MegaJoule. Two conditioning methods were explored, multi-step and single-step on two different laser systems. Off-line conditioning was done on PLATO, a small beam diameter ('-1 mm) raster scanning system. On-line conditioning was done on Beamlet, a single beam prototype of the National Ignition Facility with a large rectangular beam (35 cm x 35 cm). Concurrent with this work, coating process development for low-defect density high damage threshold coatings was realized by switching from hafnia to hafnium starting materials. The results of this study suggest that single-step raster-scan off-line laser conditioning is an effective method to raise the damage threshold of multilayer mirrors deposited from hafnium and silica by reactive electron beam deposition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3578, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1998, (7 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.344419
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher J. Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lynn Matthew Sheehan, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (Ireland)
Stephen M. Maricle, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Sheldon Schwartz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Jean Hue, CEA-LETI (France)

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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