Dedicated to users and developers of high-powered systems, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials focuses on the research field of laser-induced damage and explores the significant and steady growth of applications for high-power lasers in the academic, industrial, and military arenas. Written by renowned experts in the field, this book concentr
Section I Fundamentals. Laser-Induced Damage Phenomena in Optics: A Historical Overview. Laser-Induced Damage by Thermal Effects. Defect-Induced Damage. Self-Focusing and Nonlinear Effects. Femtosecond Laser-Induced Damage in Dielectric Materials. Section II Measurements. Measurement and Detection of Laser-Induced Damage. Statistics of Laser Damage Threshold Measurements. Measurement of Light Scattering, Transmittance, and Reflectance. Section III Materials, Surfaces, Thin Films, and Contamination. Quartz and Glasses. Crystalline Materials for UV Applications. Materials for Lasers: Frequency Conversion, Q-Switching, and Active Materials. Surface Manufacturing and Treatment. Introduction to Optical Coatings and Thin Film Production. High-Power Coatings for NIR Lasers. Coatings for fs Lasers. Spaceborne Applications. Section IV Applications. Lithography in the Deep Ultraviolet and Extreme Ultraviolet. Free-Electron Lasers. The High-Energy Petawatt Laser PHELIX and its High-Power Optics. Index.