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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 19966–19976

Growth behavior of laser-induced damage on fused silica optics under UV, ns laser irradiation

Raluca A. Negres, Mary A. Norton, David A. Cross, and Christopher W. Carr  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 19966-19976 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.019966


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Abstract

The growth behavior of laser-induced damage sites is affected by a large number of laser parameters as well as site morphology. Here we investigate the effects of pulse duration on the growth rate of damage sites located on the exit surface of fused silica optics. Results demonstrate a significant dependence of the growth parameters on laser pulse duration at 351 nm from 1 ns to 15 ns, including the observation of a dominant exponential versus linear, multiple-shot growth behavior for long and short pulses, respectively. These salient behaviors are tied to the damage morphology and suggest a shift in the fundamental growth mechanisms for pulses in the 1-5 ns range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2010
Published: September 3, 2010

Citation
Raluca A. Negres, Mary A. Norton, David A. Cross, and Christopher W. Carr, "Growth behavior of laser-induced damage on fused silica optics under UV, ns laser irradiation," Opt. Express 18, 19966-19976 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-19-19966


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