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Sol-gel broadband antireflective and scratch-resistant coating for megajoule-class laser amplifier blastshields
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Paper Abstract

A novel optical coating developed to reduction of specular reflection has been developed using the sol-gel route. The sol-gel antireflective (AR) coating is made from tantalum and silicon oxide-based solutions. First layer is deposited from a solution based on polymeric tantalum oxide. Second layer is containing silica polymeric matrix in order to get a double-layer optical stack. Sol-gel synthesis have been carried out starting from cheap precursors in order to produce metallic alkoxide-based solution, each one suitable for liquid-deposition technique use such as dip-coating. After layer deposition, a curing step is required. Both thermal and UV-curing could induce layer densification and generate final coating properties. Thermal baking step does not exceed 150 degrees C temperature. This two-layer antireflective coating has been optimized to offer scratch- resistance allowing easy-cleaning and also broadband anti- reflection property onto various substrate. Experiments of AR-coating deposition onto large-area high-power laser glass plates is described. Based on calculations, the amplification yield using such a sol-gel coating onto LMJ- blastshields is evaluated to be ca. 7 percent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3492, Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion, (23 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354237
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Philippe F. Belleville, Ctr. d'Etudes de Limeil-Valenton/CEA (France)
Philippe Prene, Ctr. d'Etudes de Limeil-Valenton/CEA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3492:
Third International Conference on Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion
W. Howard Lowdermilk, Editor(s)

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