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Improved method for laser damage testing coated optics
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Paper Abstract

The laser damage test for qualifying a coating run of anti-reflection coated optics consists of scanning a pulsed 1064 nm laser to illuminate approximately 2400 sites over a 1 cm x 1 cm area on a test sample. Scans are repeated at 3 J/cm2 increments until the fluence specification for the optic is reached. In the past, initiation of 1 or more damage sites was classified as a failed coating run, requiring the production optics in the corresponding coating lot be reworked and recoated. Recent laser damage growth tests of 300 repetitive pulses performed on numerous damage sites revealed that all were stable up to 20 J/cm2. Therefore the acceptance criteria has been modified to allow a moderate number of damage sites, as long as they are smaller than the allowed dig size and are stable (do not grow). Consequently many coating runs that previously would have been rejected are now accepted, resulting in higher yield, lower cost, and improved delivery schedule. The new test also provides assurance that initiated damage sites are stable during long term operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5991, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2005, 59912A (7 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.637825
Show Author Affiliations
Michael R. Borden, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
James A. Folta, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher J. Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John R. Taylor, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Justin E. Wolfe, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Andrew J. Griffin, Spica Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Michael D. Thomas, Spica Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5991:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2005
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Keith L. Lewis; Detlev Ristau; M.J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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