SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Time to Failure in Single Pulse Laser Induced Damage in Thin Film Optical Coatings


Measurement of the time between the start of the laser pulse and the disruption of the irradiated surface provides information not available in traditional damage measurements. The importance of the rate of energy input versus the total energy deposited may be studied by varying the pulse energy and measuring the time at which damage is initiated. If the diagnostics are of adequate sensitivity, a damage threshold fluence can be assigned to each damage event and the fluence distribution of the defect population can be measured.

I will discuss the test configuration and diagnostics for both transmitting and reflecting coatings. Preliminary data at 248 nm with a 23 ns pulse length will be presented.

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Boyer, J
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Developed by Committee: F01
Pages: 344–344
DOI: 10.1520/STP18573S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5032-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-4477-4