Special Section on Laser Damage III

Role of HfO2/SiO2 thin-film interfaces in near-ultraviolet absorption and pulsed laser damage

[+] Author Affiliations
Semyon Papernov, Alexei A. Kozlov, James B. Oliver, Chris Smith

University of Rochester, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 East River Road, Rochester, New York 14623-1299, United States

Lars Jensen, Stefan Günster, Heinrich Mädebach, Detlev Ristau

Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Department of Laser Components, Hollerithallee 8, 30419 Hannover, Germany

Opt. Eng. 56(1), 011004 (Jul 15, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.56.1.011004
History: Received April 14, 2016; Accepted June 21, 2016
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Abstract.  The role of thin-film interfaces in the near-ultraviolet (near-UV) absorption and pulsed laser-induced damage was studied for ion-beam-sputtered and electron-beam-evaporated coatings comprised from HfO2 and SiO2 thin-film pairs. To separate contributions from the bulk of the film and from interfacial areas, absorption and damage threshold measurements were performed for a one-wave (355-nm wavelength) thick, HfO2 single-layer film and for a film containing seven narrow HfO2 layers separated by SiO2 layers. The seven-layer film was designed to have a total optical thickness of HfO2 layers, equal to one wave at 355 nm and an E-field peak and average intensity similar to a single-layer HfO2 film. Absorption in both types of films was measured using laser calorimetry and photothermal heterodyne imaging. The results showed a small contribution to total absorption from thin-film interfaces as compared to HfO2 film material. The relevance of obtained absorption data to coating near-UV, nanosecond-pulse laser damage was verified by measuring the damage threshold and characterizing damage morphology. The results of this study revealed a higher damage resistance in the seven-layer coating as compared to the single-layer HfO2 film in both sputtered and evaporated coatings. The results are explained through the similarity of interfacial film structure with structure formed during the codeposition of HfO2 and SiO2 materials.

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Semyon Papernov ; Alexei A. Kozlov ; James B. Oliver ; Chris Smith ; Lars Jensen, et al.
"Role of HfO2/SiO2 thin-film interfaces in near-ultraviolet absorption and pulsed laser damage", Opt. Eng. 56(1), 011004 (Jul 15, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.56.1.011004


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