Laser Induced Damage Threshold - Understanding and Specifying LIDT of Laser Components
Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) is a critical parameter when selecting or specifying laser optics. Underspecifying LIDT can lead to catastrophic component failure in the lab or field, risking the performance of critical equipment. However, over specifying LIDT can create unnecessary expense for your device or application, risking budget constraints and device profitability. This technical note will help you understand LIDT, the parameters that affect it, and how to properly specify it to ensure a competitive advantage.