Laser-Induced Damage to Titanium-Doped Sapphire Using 532 nm Wavelength Pulses of 10 ns Duration

    Published: Jan 1988

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    Preliminary laser exposure tests of uncoated, polished titanium-doped sapphire from Union Carbide Corporation are reported. The measured surface damage thresholds varied from ∼3 to ∼14 J/cm2, depending on surface finish and sample orientation. The dependence on orientation is not correlated with crystallographic direction. A strong dependence on doping level was not observed. Well polished samples failed by pitting of the surface. On one sample, internal damage was also observed at fluences as low as 7 J/cm2.


    crystallographic orientation, doping level, laser damage, surface finish, Ti:sapphire, titanium-doped sapphire

    Author Information:

    Seitel, SC
    Montana Laser Optics, Inc., Bozeman, Montana

    DeShazer, LG
    Montana Laser Optics, Inc., Bozeman, Montana

    Committee/Subcommittee: F01.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18537S

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