30 December 1981 Passive Retropulse Protection Through Enhanced Optical Breakdown
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Proceedings Volume 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81; (1981) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932042
Event: Los Alamos Conference on Optics, 1981, Los Alamos, United States
The potential for serious component damage in a laser system due to reflected pulses increases rapidly with output energy. Optical materials for interstage isolators are not available for large 10.6 micron laser sytems. We show that an excellent passive protection technique can be realized using optically induced gas breakdown in the high pressure laser medium. The reflected energy flux is reduced below the component damage threshold by using spatial overlap to increase the strength of the breakdown.
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Jerald V. Parker, Jerald V. Parker, } "Passive Retropulse Protection Through Enhanced Optical Breakdown", Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932042; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932042


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