An indirect optical method for determining size and complex refractive index of laser-damage precursors in optical materials is presented. The method is described in detail, with special attention to all assumptions. Results are given for a series of thin-film SiO<sub>2</sub> layers.
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Laurent Gallais, Philippe Voarino, and Claude Amra, "Optical measurement of size and complex index of laser-damage precursors: the inverse problem," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 1073-1080 (2004)