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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 13030–13039

Probability of growth of small damage sites on the exit surface of fused silica optics

Raluca A. Negres, Ghaleb M. Abdulla, David A. Cross, Zhi M. Liao, and Christopher W. Carr  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13030-13039 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.013030


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Abstract

Growth of laser damage on fused silica optical components depends on several key parameters including laser fluence, wavelength, pulse duration, and site size. Here we investigate the growth behavior of small damage sites on the exit surface of SiO2 optics under exposure to tightly controlled laser pulses. Results demonstrate that the onset of damage growth is not governed by a threshold, but is probabilistic in nature and depends both on the current size of a damage site and the laser fluence to which it is exposed. We also develop models for use in growth prediction. In addition, we show that laser exposure history also influences the behavior of individual sites.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.6030) Materials : Silica

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: April 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2012
Published: May 24, 2012

Citation
Raluca A. Negres, Ghaleb M. Abdulla, David A. Cross, Zhi M. Liao, and Christopher W. Carr, "Probability of growth of small damage sites on the exit surface of fused silica optics," Opt. Express 20, 13030-13039 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-12-13030


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