1st Edition

Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials

Edited By

Detlev Ristau

ISBN 9781138199569
Published November 16, 2016 by CRC Press
551 Pages 368 B/W Illustrations

USD $94.95

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Book Description

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 concentrates on the major topics of laser-induced damage in optical materials and most specifically addresses research in laser damage that occurs in the bulk and on the surface or the coating of optical components. It considers key issues in the field of high-power laser coatings, factoring in the effects of contamination and providing insight into typical application areas.

Become Familiar with the Key Areas of Modern Photonics

The text first provides a basic understanding of theoretical and experimental methods and then summarizes the current progress, strategies, and improvements occurring within the field of laser-induced damage. Divided into four sections, this book outlines apparent trends in modeling, and discusses measurement and evaluation techniques for laser damage thresholds in the context of international standardization and scaling laws for damage thresholds.

This seminal work:

  • Covers the major aspects of laser damage
  • Considers all important aspects in industry and research
  • Reviews laser damage effects in material and surfaces
  • Contains chapters contributed by leading scientists in the field

Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials details a variety of fundamental investigations in laser-induced damage mechanisms and functions as a valuable reference for researchers and producers of laser components, laser and photonics engineers and scientists, as well as users of laser technology and thin film optics.

Table of Contents

Section I Fundamentals

Laser-Induced Damage Phenomena in Optics: A Historical Overview; MJ Soileau

Laser-Induced Damage by Thermal Effects; Roger M Wood

Defect-Induced Damage; Semyon Papernov

Self-Focusing and Nonlinear Effects; Vitaly Gruzdev

Femtosecond Laser-Induced Damage in Dielectric Materials; Luke A Emmert and Wolfgang Rudolph

Section II Measurements

Measurement and Detection of Laser-Induced Damage; Jianda Shao

Statistics of Laser Damage Threshold Measurements; Jonathan W Arenberg

Measurement of Light Scattering, Transmittance, and Reflectance; Sven Schröder and Angela Duparré

Section III Materials, Surfaces, Thin Films, and Contamination

Quartz and Glasses; Laurent Lamaignère

Crystalline Materials for UV Applications; Christian Mühlig and Wolfgang Triebel

Materials for Lasers: Frequency Conversion, Q-Switching, and Active Materials; Anne Hildenbrand-Dhollande and Frank R Wagner

Surface Manufacturing and Treatment; Jérôme Néauport and Philippe Cormont

Introduction to Optical Coatings and Thin Film Production; H Angus Macleod

High-Power Coatings for NI R Lasers; Christopher J Stolz

Coatings for fs Lasers; Marco Jupé and Detlev Ristau

Spaceborne Applications; Wolfgang Riede and Denny Wernham

Sect ion IV Applications

Lithography in the Deep Ultraviolet and Extreme Ultraviolet; Klaus R Mann

Free-Electron Lasers; Michelle Shinn

The High-Energy Petawatt Laser PHELIX and its High-Power Optics; Stefan Borneis and Collaborators


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Detlev Ristau completed his study of physics at the University of Hannover in 1982 and was awarded a scholarship at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He returned to Germany in 1983 and received his PhD at the University of Hannover in 1988. He is presently the director of the Department of Laser Components at the Laser Zentrum Hannover. After receiving a state doctorate in 2008, he was appointed professor for applied physics at the Leibniz University in Hannover in 2010. Professor Ristau is the author or coauthor of more than 300 technical papers and has published several book chapters.


"I recommend this book for readers from diverse backgrounds (optics, materials science, physics, and engineering)."
Optics & Photonics News, May 2015

"An excellent overview."
—Michael Thomas, Spica Technologies, Inc., USA