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Characterization of Optical Materials by Gregory J. Exarhos

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8

Laser-Induced Damage to Optical Materials

MICHAEL F. BECKER

Contents

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Laser Damage Definition and Statistics

8.3 In Situ Diagnostics

8.4 Postmortem Diagnostics

8.5 Future Directions

8.1 Introduction

The objective of this chapter is to identify and explore some important applications of materials characterization to the study of laser-induced damage to optical materials. In keeping with the theme of this volume, we restrict consideration to laser damage of surfaces and do not consider the characterization of bulk damage. Furthermore, the examples cited are all of pulsed laser-induced damage studies. In some cases, the described techniques may also apply to continuous-wave (CW) laser damage studies, but such damage is not ...

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