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Measurement and prediction of rear surface damage in fused silica windows caused by UV nanosecond pulses
Author(s): Herve Bercegol; Thierry Donval; Benjamin Forestier; Laurent Lamaignere; Marc Loiseau; Gerard Raze
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Paper Abstract

The occurrence of filaments in fused silica irradiated by UV laser light is well described by the product of light Intensity by Length of propagation in the material. For a spatially gaussian peak, in the well-known treatment by Marburger et al, this product is predicted to depend upon input power and non linear index. At a wavelength of 355 or 351 nm, the compilation of our past and present measurements give a smaller critical intensity by length product, i.e. a higher non linear index, than previously measured. These values of non linear parameters allow for the prediction of rear surface damage on thick windows. The predictions compare well with damage probability measurements. Even when the intensity is not high enough to generate filaments, self-focusing is still the cause of damage, due to the increase of output intensity and fluence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5647, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2004, (21 February 2005);
Show Author Affiliations
Herve Bercegol, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Thierry Donval, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Benjamin Forestier, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Laurent Lamaignere, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Marc Loiseau, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Gerard Raze, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5647:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2004
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Norbert Kaiser; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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