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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 12, 2006
  • pp: 5313–5328

Laser-induced defect reactions governing damage initiation in DKDP crystals

Paul DeMange, Raluca A. Negres, Christopher W. Carr, Harry B. Radousky, and Stavros G. Demos  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 5313-5328 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.005313


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Abstract

We investigate the interaction of high-power nanosecond-laser pulses at different frequencies with damage initiating defect structures in bulk KDxH2-xPO4 (DKDP) crystals in order to enhance the understanding of a) the nature and behavior of the defects involved and b) the laser-induced defect reactions leading to improvement to the material performance. The experimental results indicate that there is more than one type of defect structure giving rise to damage initiation over two different spectral ranges. Moreover, within one set of defects we observe two different damage behaviors depending on the pre-irradiation parameters, pointing to more than one defect reaction pathway.

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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2006
Published: June 12, 2006

Citation
Paul DeMange, Raluca A. Negres, Christopher W. Carr, Harry B. Radousky, and Stavros G. Demos, "Laser-induced defect reactions governing damage initiation in DKDP crystals," Opt. Express 14, 5313-5328 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-12-5313


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