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24 June 1993 Absorption and damage thresholds of low-defect-density hafnia deposited with activated oxygen
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Motivation for this work included observations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and elsewhere of a correlation between increasing laser damage thresholds (DT) and both decreasing nodular-defect density and absorption of coatings. We reduced the nodular-defect densities by a factor of over 4x in hafnia (HfO2) coatings deposited by reactive e-beam evaporation from a Hf target source. In order to increase the metal oxidation kinetics at the coated surface, Hf was e-beam deposited reactively with O2 activated by a (mu) -wave discharge. The effect of using activated O2 during the evaporation of a HfO2 target source was also evaluated. A series of HfO2 layers were made with various conditions; we alternated between two (mu) -wave configurations, Hf and HfO2 targets and two reactive O2 pressures. Laser DTs (1064 nm - 10 ns pulses), absorption (at 511 nm), and nodular- defect densities from these coatings are reported. The DT correlated inversely with the coating absorption.
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Robert Chow, Steven Falabella, Gary E. Loomis, Frank Rainer, Christopher J. Stolz, and Mark R. Kozlowski "Absorption and damage thresholds of low-defect-density hafnia deposited with activated oxygen", Proc. SPIE 1848, 24th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium Proceedings -- Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1992, (24 June 1993);

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