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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2009
  • pp: 2860–2864

Method for characterization of repetitive frequency laser resistance of optical coatings

Dong Zhang, Hongbo He, Yuanan Zhao, Dawei Li, and Zhengxiu Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 15, pp. 2860-2864 (2009)

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The characterization of repetitive frequency (S-on-1) laser resistance of optical coatings was investigated experimentally based on damage pattern divided into slight damage and severe damage. It was discovered that, when only the slight damage pattern was counted, a peak would be seen in the damage probability curve, and the laser fluence at this peak was stable as pulse sequence S changed. The stable laser fluence at this peak, therefore, could be employed to characterize the repetitive frequency laser resistance of optical coatings. This method is different from the method proposed by the International Organization for Standardization [ISO 11254-2 (2001)] and has the advantage of simplicity in practical applications. According to our analysis, it is a method that can obtain the functional damage threshold of optics.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(310.6870) Thin films : Thin films, other properties

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: January 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2009
Published: May 12, 2009

Dong Zhang, Hongbo He, Yuanan Zhao, Dawei Li, and Zhengxiu Fan, "Method for characterization of repetitive frequency laser resistance of optical coatings," Appl. Opt. 48, 2860-2864 (2009)

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