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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2011
  • pp: 441–446

Comparison of laser-induced surface damage density measurements with small and large beams: toward representativeness

Laurent Lamaignère, Gabriel Dupuy, Thierry Donval, Pierre Grua, and Hervé Bercegol  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 441-446 (2011)

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Pulsed laser damage density measurements obtained with diverse facilities are difficult to compare, due to the interplay of numerous parameters, such as beam area and pulse geometry, which, in operational large beam conditions, are very different from laboratory measurements. This discrepancy could have a significant impact; if so, one could not even pretend that laser damage density control is a real measurement process. In this paper, this concern is addressed. Tests with large beams of centimeter size on a high-power laser facility have beam performed according to a parametric study and are compared to small beam laboratory tests. It is shown that laser damage densities obtained with large and small beams are equal, within calculated error bars.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2010
Published: January 26, 2011

Laurent Lamaignère, Gabriel Dupuy, Thierry Donval, Pierre Grua, and Hervé Bercegol, "Comparison of laser-induced surface damage density measurements with small and large beams: toward representativeness," Appl. Opt. 50, 441-446 (2011)

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