The understanding of fracture in solid state lasers is reviewed, with an emphasis on fracture of high average power thin slabs. Methods for characterizing strength in the context of materials selection and device implementation are discussed. Progress in slab strengthening is analyzed; aggressive optical fabrication research (to give low damage surfaces), coupled with the implementation of existing schemes for placing the slab surfaces in compression, are recommended to reduce the problem of slab fracture.
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John E. Marion, "Fracture Of Solid State Lasers", Proc. SPIE 0824, Advances in Nonlinear Polymers and Inorganic Crystals, Liquid Crystals and Laser Media, (4 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.941959; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.941959

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