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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1594–1601

Laser intensification by spherical inclusions embedded within multilayer coatings

Christopher J. Stolz, Michael D. Feit, and Thomas V. Pistor  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 7, pp. 1594-1601 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.001594


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Abstract

The initiation of laser damage within optical coatings can be better understood by electric-field modeling of coating defects. The result of this modeling shows that light intensification as large as 24 × can occur owing to these coating defects. Light intensification tends to increase with inclusion diameter. Defects irradiated over a range of incident angles from 0 to 60 deg tend to have a higher light intensification at a 45 deg incidence. Irradiation wavelength has a significant effect on light intensification within the defect and the multilayer. Finally, shallow, or in the case of 45 deg irradiation, deeply embedded inclusions tend to have the highest light intensification.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings

ToC Category:
Stability of Coatings

History
Original Manuscript: March 1, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2005

Citation
Christopher J. Stolz, Michael D. Feit, and Thomas V. Pistor, "Laser intensification by spherical inclusions embedded within multilayer coatings," Appl. Opt. 45, 1594-1601 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-7-1594

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