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Understanding damage

Gemma Church explains how a new thermal model from Manx Precision Optics takes a new look at laser damage thresholds for the nanosecond pulse regime

Thermal Laser Induced Damage in Optical Coatings Due To An Incident Pulse Train, an overview

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Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) of an optical component de nes the maximum intensity the component can resist before the onset of laser damage and as a result is a critical parameter for any modern laser system, with the LIDT de ning the maximum possible intensity. However laser damage is a multi-faceted and complex problem with multiple theoretical mechanisms depending on pulse duration, optical coating quality and the manufacturing process of the component.

Space Coat

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High LIDT optical components for ultrafast applications - what are the specific points

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Ultrafast lasers have seen much development and are now used in a wide range of applications ranging from extremely high power experiments to medical and engineering applications. With the increase in the use of these lasers the demand for suitable optical components and the required specifications has increased.

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