1 August 1983 Plastics For High-Power Laser Applications: A Review
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Optical Engineering, 22(4), 224393 (1983). doi:10.1117/12.7973133
We review studies of single- and multiple-shot laser damage to plastics and theories of the damage mechanism. Single-shot damage is caused by absorbing defects, many of which can be eliminated by monomer purification. Multiple-shot damage is controlled by viscoelastic properties; plasticization improves damage resistance. Also, we review high-power laser studies of dye-impregnated plastics. Photobleaching is the most serious problem. We review progress in understanding the physics of that process. Dye-induced lowering of laser damage resistance and thermal bleaching are other important problems discussed. Plasticization to improve multiple-shot damage resistance may encourage thermal bleaching. Finally, we present a list of as yet untested and potentially damage-resistant commercially available plastics.
Robert M. O'Connell, Theodore T. Saito, "Plastics For High-Power Laser Applications: A Review," Optical Engineering 22(4), 224393 (1 August 1983). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7973133

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