A model is presented for predicting the temperature rise in an opaque material during the absorption of a moderately short pulse of energy. Experimental verification of the model employing a pulsed ruby laser and a cadmium telluride plate is described. Two distinct damage thresholds were noted: (1) at modest energy levels plastic deformation occurred, and (2) the higher energies resulted in surface melting.
J. E. Slattery, J. S. Thompson, and J. B. Schroeder, "Thermal pulse damage thresholds in cadmium telluride," Appl. Opt. 14, 2234-2237 (1975)