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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: A392–A398

Laser-induced damage in composites of scandium, hafnium, aluminum oxides with silicon oxide in the infrared

Xinghai Fu, Mireille Commandré, Laurent Gallais, Mathias Mende, Henrik Ehlers, and Detlev Ristau  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 4, pp. A392-A398 (2014)

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The laser-induced damage of mixtures of Sc2O3, HfO2, Al2O3 with SiO2 has been characterized in the infrared for both nanosecond and subpicosecond pulses. Laser-induced damage thresholds (LIDTs) are reported and discussed versus band gap for different compositions. The distributions versus fluence of nanosecond damage precursor densities are extracted fitting damage probability curves. Two models are used: first, a statistical approach, i.e., direct calculation of damage precursor density from damage probability, and second a thermal model based on absorption of initiator. The results show a good agreement. The nature, shape, and size of these precursors are discussed. The critical temperature in the thermal model is dependent on the band gap energy.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films
(320.4240) Ultrafast optics : Nanosecond phenomena

Original Manuscript: October 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2013
Published: January 24, 2014

Xinghai Fu, Mireille Commandré, Laurent Gallais, Mathias Mende, Henrik Ehlers, and Detlev Ristau, "Laser-induced damage in composites of scandium, hafnium, aluminum oxides with silicon oxide in the infrared," Appl. Opt. 53, A392-A398 (2014)

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