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Colloidal silica coatings for KrF and Nd:glass laser applications.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied optics
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
5
Pages
828–832
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1364/AO.26.000828
PMID: 20454229
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the performance of colloidal silica antireflection coatings which have been developed for use in high-power KrF and Nd:glass lasers. These coatings have reproducibly given transmissions of more than 99.8% per surface and have exhibited laser damage thresholds as high as 20 J/cm(2)for l-ns pulses at 1.06,microm and 8 J/cm(2)for 10-ns pulses at 0.25,microm. These damage thresholds are a factor of between 2 and 3 better than values obtained with evaporated oxide AR coatings. Novel multilayer coatings incorporating colloidalsilica as the low-index layer are also described. One such coating gave more than 50% reflectivity for a two-layer coating at normal incidence.

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