The results of experiments on the action of a series of pulses of 1.7-ns radiation of a CO<sub>2</sub> laser on copper mirrors have been analyzed. A qualitative explanation of a number of observed experimental regularities is proposed, based on the excitation and energy dissipation of a surface electromagnetic wave by incident radiation in the vacuum–plasma-layer–metal system.
© 2012 OSA
Original Manuscript: April 26, 2011
Published: April 30, 2012
V. S. Makin, "Small-scale microstructures that appear on metallic mirrors acted on by nanosecond pulses of CO2 laser radiation," J. Opt. Technol. 79, 198-201 (2012)