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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2002
  • pp: 1465–1474

Statistical study of single and multiple pulse laser-induced damage in glasses

L. Gallais, J.Y. Natoli, and C. Amra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 25, pp. 1465-1474 (2002)

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Single and multiple pulse laser damage studies are performed in Suprasil silica and BK-7 borosilicate glasses. Experiments are made in the bulk of materials at 1.064μm with nanosecond pulses, using an accurate and reliable measurement system. By means of a statistical study on laser damage probabilities, we demonstrate that the same nano-precursors could be involved in the multiple shot and single shot damage process. A damage mechanism with two stages is then proposed to explain the results. Firstly, a pre-damage process, corresponding to material changes at a microscopic level, leads the precursor to a state that can induce a one-pulse damage. And secondly a final damage occurs, with a mechanism identical to the single shot case. For each material, a lawis found to predict the precursor life-time. We can then deduce the long term life of optical elements in high-power laser systems submitted to multipulse irradiation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.6030) Materials : Silica

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: October 9, 2002
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2002
Published: December 16, 2002

L. Gallais, J. Natoli, and C. Amra, "Statistical study of single and multiple pulse laser-induced damage in glasses," Opt. Express 10, 1465-1474 (2002)

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