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The Seventeenth Annual Symposium on Optical Materials for High Power Lasers (Boulder Damage Symposium) was held at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, October 28–30, 1985. The Symposium was held under the auspices of ASTM Committee F-1, Subcommittee on Laser Standards, with the joint sponsorship of NBS, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Over 215 scientists attended the Symposium, including representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, India, Japan, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Soviet Union. The Symposium was divided into sessions concerning Materials and Measurements. Mirrors and Surfaces, Thin Films, and Fundamental Mechanisms. As in previous years, the emphasis of the papers presented at the Symposium was directed toward new frontiers and new developments. Particular emphasis was given to materials for highpower apparatus. The wavelength range of prime interest was from 10.6 μm to the uv region. Highlights included surfacecharacterization, thin film-substrate boundaries, and advances in fundamental laser-matter threshold interactions and mechanisms. Harold E. Bennett of the Naval Weapons Center, Arthur H. Guenther of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, David Milam of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Brian E. Newnam of the Los Alamos National Laboratory were co-chairmen of the Symposium. The Eighteenth Annual Symposium is scheduled for November 3–5, 1986, at the National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado.
laser damage, laser interaction, optical components, optical fabrication, optical materials and properties, thin film coatings