High power laser damage - threshold elevation: Why some optics damage below their published threshold values

High power laser damage - threshold elevation: Why some optics damage below their published threshold values

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Values for Laser Induced Damage Thresholds (LIDTs) can vary.They vary batch to batch and coating house to coating house. But more worryingly, damage thresholds can vary from test house to test house.  Inflated values present real expense issues to the end user when their optics damage under seemingly safe conditions. 

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