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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 21652–21665

Laser-induced damage of KDP crystals by 1ω nanosecond pulses: influence of crystal orientation

Stéphane Reyné, Guillaume Duchateau, Jean-Yves Natoli, and Laurent Lamaignère  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 21652-21665 (2009)

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We investigate the influence of THG-cut KDP crystal orientation on laser damage at 1064 nm under nanosecond pulses. Since laser damage is now assumed to initiate on precursor defects, this study makes a connection between these nanodefects (throughout a mesoscopic description) and the influence of their orientation on laser damage. Some investigations have already been carried out in various crystals and particularly for KDP, indicating propagation direction and polarization dependences. We performed experiments for two orthogonal positions of the crystal and results clearly indicate that KDP crystal laser damage depends on its orientation. We carried out further investigations on the effect of the polarization orientation, by rotating the crystal around the propagation axis. We then obtained the evolution of the damage probability as a function of the rotation angle. To account for these experimental results, we propose a laser damage model based on ellipsoid-shaped defects. This modeling is a refined implementation of the DMT model (Drude Mie Thermal) [Dyan et al., J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 1087-1095 (2008)], by introducing absorption efficiency calculations for an ellipsoidal geometry. Modeling simulations are in good agreement with experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(160.0160) Materials : Materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2009
Published: November 11, 2009

Stéphane Reyné, Guillaume Duchateau, Jean-Yves Natoli, and Laurent Lamaignère, "Laser-induced damage of KDP crystals by 1ω nanosecond pulses: influence of crystal orientation," Opt. Express 17, 21652-21665 (2009)

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