13 May 1997 Modeling of filamentation damage induced in silica by 351-nm laser pulses
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A major risk factor that must be considered in design of the National Ignition Facility is the possibility for catastrophic self-focusing of the 351-nm beam in the silica optical components that are in the final section of the laser. Proposed designs for the laser are analyzed by the beam-propagation code PROP92. A 351-nm self-focusing experiment, induction of tracking damage, was done to provide data for validation of this code. The measured self- focusing lengths were correctly predicted by the code.
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David Milam, David Milam, John T. Hunt, John T. Hunt, Kenneth R. Manes, Kenneth R. Manes, Wade H. Williams, Wade H. Williams, } "Modeling of filamentation damage induced in silica by 351-nm laser pulses", Proc. SPIE 2966, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996, (13 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274283; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.274283

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