6 December 2016 Improved LIDT values for dielectric dispersive compensating mirrors applying ternary composites
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The present contribution is addressed to an improved method to fabricate dielectric dispersive compensating mirrors (CMs) with an increased laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) by the use of ternary composite layers. Taking advantage of a novel in-situ phase monitor system, it is possible to control the sensitive deposition process more precisely. The study is initiated by a design synthesis, to achieve optimum reflection and GDD values for a conventional high low stack (HL)n. Afterwards the field intensity is analyzed, and layers affected by highest electric field intensities are exchanged by ternary composites of TaxSiyOz. Both designs have similar target specifications whereby one design is using ternary composites and the other one is distinguished by a (HL)n. The first layers of the stack are switched applying in-situ optical broad band monitoring in conjunction with a forward re-optimization algorithm, which also manipulates the layers remaining for deposition at each switching event. To accomplish the demanded GDD-spectra, the last layers are controlled by a novel in-situ white light interferometer operating in the infrared spectral range. Finally the CMs are measured in a 10.000 on 1 procedure according to ISO 21254 applying pulses with a duration of 130 fs at a central wavelength of 775 nm to determine the laser induced damage threshold.
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T. Willemsen, T. Willemsen, S. Schlichting, S. Schlichting, M. Gyamfi, M. Gyamfi, M. Jupé, M. Jupé, H. Ehlers, H. Ehlers, U. Morgner, U. Morgner, D. Ristau, D. Ristau, } "Improved LIDT values for dielectric dispersive compensating mirrors applying ternary composites", Proc. SPIE 10014, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 2016, 100141Z (6 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2244835; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2244835

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