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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 34, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1697–1706

High-efficiency metallic diffraction gratings for laser applications

R. D. Boyd, J. A. Britten, D. E. Decker, B. W. Shore, B. C. Stuart, M. D. Perry, and Lifeng Li  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 34, Issue 10, pp. 1697-1706 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.34.001697


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Abstract

The design and fabrication of large-area, high-efficiency metallic gratings for use in high-power laser systems is described. The gratings exhibit a diffraction efficiency in excess of 95% in the m = −1 order (Littrow mount) and have a high threshold for laser damage. Computations and experimental measurements are presented that illustrate the effect of grating shape and polarization on efficiency. A simple theory for optical damage to metallic diffraction gratings is developed and compared with experimental measurements of the laser-damage threshold over the pulse range from 400 fs to >1 ns.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 16, 1994
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 1994
Published: April 1, 1995

Citation
R. D. Boyd, J. A. Britten, D. E. Decker, B. W. Shore, B. C. Stuart, M. D. Perry, and Lifeng Li, "High-efficiency metallic diffraction gratings for laser applications," Appl. Opt. 34, 1697-1706 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-34-10-1697

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