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    The Role of Absorbing Defects in the Laser Damage of Transparent Materials

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    In early studies of laser induced damage, it was found that absorbing defects, like platinum metallic inclusions in glasses [1] considerably reduce the damage threshold. This fact has motivated numerous experimental and theoretical Investigations of the role of absorbing defects in laser damage of transparent optical materials of different kinds (crystals, glasses, polymer materials). In a short paper it 1s impossible, of course, to present a review of all the experimental results and theoretical ideas concerning the influence of absorbing defects on laser damage processes. Therefore, in this paper, we restrict ourselves to only a brief review of research carried out in our laboratory at the Lebedev Physics Institute. For more complete and detailed information on this research, the reader should refer to the collection of [2] papers in which a summary of research carried out by other groups is presented as well. Extensive Information on the problem under discussion can also be found in the proceedings of the Laser Damage Symposium [3–4].


    Laser damage, absorbing defects, inclusions

    Author Information:

    Danileiko, YK
    Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow,

    Manenkov, AA
    Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow,

    Nechitailo, VS
    Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F01.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP37028S