Studies of CO2 laser induced damage to infrared optical materials and coatings

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A new versatile CO2 laser damage facility which uses a TEA laser giving a single mode output of up to 15 Joules per pulse is described. The temporal characteristics of the pulse can be readily varied. A method of producing pulses with durations less than that of the gain switched spike using plasma-based temporal attenuators is described. Data is presented on a range of infrared optical materials as well as commercial and experimental AR coatings and dielectric reflectors. Detailed examination of the damage morphologies coupled with the dependence of the damage threshold on pulse length is used to determine the mechanisms of laser induced damage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Laser Induced Damage in Optical Materials
Subtitle of host publication1984
EditorsH. Bennett, A. Guenther, D. Milam, B. Newnam
PublisherASTM International
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 1984
Externally publishedYes
EventASTM Symposium, Laser Induced Damage in Optical Materials:1984 - Boulder, Colerado, United States
Duration: 15 Aug 198417 Aug 1984

Publication series

NameASTM Standards & Publications
PublisherASTM International


ConferenceASTM Symposium, Laser Induced Damage in Optical Materials:1984
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • CO2
  • Laser Damage
  • Coatings
  • IR Materials
  • Plasma
  • Pulse-Length Variation


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