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30 December 2008 Transparent-media characterization dedicated to laser damage studies: a key task, multi-faceted, and always renewed
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The session Materials and Measurements deals with laser-induced damage to the bulk of transparent optical media, in relation with the material fabrication and its structure. Damage measurements are reported together with the characterization of all the material properties connected to the damage process (optical losses, luminescence, linear and non linear optical properties, thermal properties, elastooptic coefficients... and defects). Moreover are included the new diagnostic tools developed for measuring these quantities, which presents a continuing challenge as materials are improved in quality and diversity. The whole results serve as a foundation in modeling works for the understanding of fundamental mechanisms. The studied materials and their characterization are required by numerous applications. This wide and multi-faceted field generated more than thirty per cent of the whole conference papers over the last ten years. Among the important topics of this period are DUV materials and measurements, characterization of non linear materials and effects, the non destructive detection of nanoprecursors, damage at short pulses and the novel materials and geometries: micro and nano materials and structures. An overview of the session is given, mainly focused on the last ten years, some important achievements and trends for the future are presented.
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Mireille Commandré "Transparent-media characterization dedicated to laser damage studies: a key task, multi-faceted, and always renewed", Proc. SPIE 7132, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2008, 71320O (30 December 2008);

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