Optical Damage Limitations for Copper Mirrors Used in CO2-ICF Laser Systems

    Published: Oct 1981

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    Because copper optics for CO2-ICF system applications will be highly stressed, the single-shot damage thresholds which have been reported [1,2], provide only part of the information needed for accurate performance predictions. We report here a performance comparison for copper mirrors finished by different techniques, including single-point diamond turning (SPDT), showing for the first time the relative decrease in 10-μm damage thresholds corresponding to multiple shots, and the loss of reflected beam brightness arising at high fluence levels. We also report the intensity and energy loss due to plasma formation when Cu mirrors are used in air.


    Copper mirrors, CO, 2, laser, multishot damage, nanosecond pulse, peak energy density, pulse distortion, single-shot damage threshold, vacuum chamber.

    Author Information:

    Thomas, SJ
    Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

    Phipps, CR
    Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

    Harrison, RF
    Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

    Committee/Subcommittee: F01.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP37014S

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