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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2009
  • pp: 3509–3514

Bulk optical damage thresholds for doped and undoped, crystalline and ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet

Binh T. Do and Arlee V. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 18, pp. 3509-3514 (2009)

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We measured the bulk optical damage thresholds of pure and Nd-doped ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), and of pure, Nd-doped, Cr-doped, and Yb-doped crystalline YAG. We used 9.9 ns , 1064 nm , single-longitudinal mode, TEM 00 pulses, to determine that the breakdown thresholds are deterministic, with multiple-pulse thresholds ranging from 1.1 to 2.2 kJ / cm 2 .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 29, 2009
Published: June 15, 2009

Binh T. Do and Arlee V. Smith, "Bulk optical damage thresholds for doped and undoped, crystalline and ceramic yttrium aluminum garnet," Appl. Opt. 48, 3509-3514 (2009)

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