Stimulated Desorption as a Potential Damage Mechanism in Ultraviolet Laser Optical Components

  • Richard Haglund
  • Norman Tolk
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 4)


It is well-known that substrates and thin-film coatings for ultraviolet optical components are damaged by intense laser radiation, and widely believed that radiation-enhanced or even plasma chemistry in the laser environment exacerbates the damage problem. Unlike laser damage at infrared wavelengths, which is largely thermal, the damage morphology in UV optical materials exhibits both thermal and non-thermal characteristics. However, the fundamental physics leading to optical damage remains largely unexplored even in a qualitative way [1], despite the significant negative impact of low damage thresholds on laser systems cost, reliability and engineering.


Neutral Atom Optical Surface Optical Damage Intense Laser Radiation Atomic Emission Spectrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Haglund
    • 1
  • Norman Tolk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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