Ion-exchange strengthened phosphate glass in an active-mirror geometry remained unfractured at pump power levels 3 times the average pump fracture limit of unstrengthened phosphate glass in the same geometry. In addition, pretreatment and posttreatment measurements of surface wavefront and roughness were made on a set of rectangular substrates to quantify any ion-exchange-induced surface modifications. Experimental measurements of treatment-induced wavefront deformation of strengthened blocks were shown to be less than modeled values of distortion attributable to extended treatment times.
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K. A. Cerqua, M. J. Shoup III, D. L. Smith, S. D. Jacobs, and J. H. Kelly, "Strengthened phosphate glass in a high rep rate active-mirror amplifier geometry," Appl. Opt. 27, 2567-2572 (1988)