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Effect of oil vapor contamination on the performance of porous silica sol-gel antireflection-coated optics in vacuum spatial filters of high-power neodymium glass laser

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R. Pareek

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Laser Plasma Division, Indore 452 013, India

M. N. Kumbhare

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Laser Plasma Division, Indore 452 013, India

C. Mukherjee

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Laser Systems Engineering Division, Indore 452 013, India

A. S. Joshi

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Laser Plasma Division, Indore 452 013, India

P. D. Gupta

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Laser Plasma Division, Indore 452 013, India

Opt. Eng. 47(2), 023801 (February 15, 2008). doi:10.1117/1.2844551
History: Received May 25, 2007; Revised October 10, 2007; Accepted October 14, 2007; Published February 15, 2008
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The effect of oil vapor contamination on sol-gel porous silica antireflection (AR) coatings deposited on optics used in vacuum spatial filters of high-power lasers is experimentally studied. The contamination results in the reduction of laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) and the increase in reflectivity of the AR coatings. In comparison, the silica coatings treated with ammonia and hexamethyl-disilazane (HMDS) show almost no increase of reflectivity, and their LIDT value reduces only marginally at the wavelength of laser operation. It is found that the decrease in LIDT of the coatings exposed to oil vapors occurs due to higher absorption of the laser light, as evidenced from the increase in the imaginary part of the refractive index of the coatings.

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R. Pareek ; M. N. Kumbhare ; C. Mukherjee ; A. S. Joshi and P. D. Gupta
"Effect of oil vapor contamination on the performance of porous silica sol-gel antireflection-coated optics in vacuum spatial filters of high-power neodymium glass laser", Opt. Eng. 47(2), 023801 (February 15, 2008). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2844551


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