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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4875–4888

Time-resolved imaging of processes associated with exit-surface damage growth in fused silica following exposure to nanosecond laser pulses

Stavros G. Demos, Rajesh N. Raman, and Raluca A. Negres  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4875-4888 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.004875


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Abstract

We study the dynamics of energy deposition and subsequent material response associated with exit surface damage growth in fused silica using a time resolved microscope system. This system enables acquisition of two transient images per damage event with temporal resolution of 180 ps and spatial resolution on the order of 1 µm. The experimental results address important issues in laser damage growth that include: a) the specific structural features within a damage site where plasma formation initiates; b) the subsequent growth of the plasma regions; c) the formation and expansion of radial and circumferential cracks; d) the kinetics and duration of material ejection; e) the characteristics of the generated shockwave.

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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: November 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2013
Published: February 20, 2013

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Stavros G. Demos, Rajesh N. Raman, and Raluca A. Negres, "Time-resolved imaging of processes associated with exit-surface damage growth in fused silica following exposure to nanosecond laser pulses," Opt. Express 21, 4875-4888 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-4-4875


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