Methods and apparatus for laser damage and functional performance characterization of ultrafast laser optics
On demand starting 12 October 2021
The design principles of a 20-fs, near-infrared laser-induced–damage testing system are presented. In addition to typical damage-initiation threshold tests such as S-on-1 and raster scan, this system is capable of studying other performance-relevant metrics, such as damage growth and functional thresholds. Experimental results for a hybrid mirror sample are presented as a demonstration.
Kyle R. P. Kafka
Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kyle Kafka is a scientist at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Ohio State University, studying femtosecond-pulsed laser damage. His research investigates the behavior of materials under exposure to high laser flux (fluence, intensity, power, etc.) with emphasis on optical materials and devices.