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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12204–12217

Subsurface defects of fused silica optics and laser induced damage at 351 nm

Liu Hongjie, Huang Jin, Wang Fengrui, Zhou Xinda, Ye Xin, Zhou Xiaoyan, Sun Laixi, Jiang Xiaodong, Sui Zhan, and Zheng Wanguo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12204-12217 (2013)

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Many kinds of subsurface defects are always present together in the subsurface of fused silica optics. It is imperfect that only one kind of defects is isolated to investigate its impact on laser damage. Therefore it is necessary to investigate the impact of subsurface defects on laser induced damage of fused silica optics with a comprehensive vision. In this work, we choose the fused silica samples manufactured by different vendors to characterize subsurface defects and measure laser induced damage. Contamination defects, subsurface damage (SSD), optical-thermal absorption and hardness of fused silica surface are characterized with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), fluorescence microscopy, photo-thermal common-path interferometer and fully automatic micro-hardness tester respectively. Laser induced damage threshold and damage density are measured by 351 nm nanosecond pulse laser. The correlations existing between defects and laser induced damage are analyzed. The results show that Cerium element and SSD both have a good correlation with laser-induced damage thresholds and damage density. Research results evaluate process technology of fused silica optics in China at present. Furthermore, the results can provide technique support for improving laser induced damage performance of fused silica.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 5, 2013
Published: May 10, 2013

Liu Hongjie, Huang Jin, Wang Fengrui, Zhou Xinda, Ye Xin, Zhou Xiaoyan, Sun Laixi, Jiang Xiaodong, Sui Zhan, and Zheng Wanguo, "Subsurface defects of fused silica optics and laser induced damage at 351 nm," Opt. Express 21, 12204-12217 (2013)

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