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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7351–7356

Insight to UV-induced formation of laser damage on LiB3O5 optical surfaces during long-term sum-frequency generation

S. Möller, Ä. Andresen, C. Merschjann, B. Zimmermann, M. Prinz, and M. Imlau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7351-7356 (2007)

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Microscopic investigations of UV-induced formation of laser damage on LiB3O5 optical surfaces during long-term sum-frequency generation (SFG) uncovers a significant growth of a SiO2-amorphous layer spatially limited to the illuminated area. The layer gives rise to a catastrophic break-down of the LiB3O5-output surface upon long-term laser operation even at intensities far below the laser-induced damage threshold. The interaction of UV laser light, LiB3O5 surface and foreign atoms in the ambient atmosphere is discussed in the frame of a two-step process for surface-damage formation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 10, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2007
Published: May 31, 2007

S. Möller, Ä. Andresen, C. Merschjann, B. Zimmermann, M. Prinz, and M. Imlau, "Insight to UV-induced formation of laser damage on LiB3O5 optical surfaces during long-term sum-frequency generation," Opt. Express 15, 7351-7356 (2007)

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