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22 November 2011 Laser-induced damage of coatings on Yb:YAG crystals at cryogenic condition
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As large amounts of heat need to be dissipated during laser operation, some diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL), especially Yb:YAG laser, operate at cryogenic condition. This work investigated the laser induced damage of coatings (high-reflective and anti-reflective coatings) on Yb:YAG crystals at cryogenic temperature and room temperature. The results show that the damage threshold of coatings at cryogenic temperature is lower than the one at room temperature. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), optical profiler, step profiler and Atomic force microscope (AFM) were used to obtain the damage morphology, size and depth. Taking alteration of physical parameters, microstructure of coatings and the environmental pollution into consideration, we analyzed the key factor of lowering the coating damage threshold at cryogenic conditions. The results are important to understand the mechanisms leading to damage at cryogenic condition.
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He Wang, Weili Zhang, Shunli Chen, Meiping Zhu, Hongbo He, and Zhengxiu Fan "Laser-induced damage of coatings on Yb:YAG crystals at cryogenic condition", Proc. SPIE 8190, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2011, 819008 (22 November 2011);

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