Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract The energy of the acoustic pulse generated by laser-surface interactions and measured by probe beam deflection was used to investigate laser surface damage thresholds of fluoride crystals with optical quality. It was found that damage thresholds decrease with increasing density of surface states. The defect density also controls the energy absorption mechanism: for surfaces with few defects, like polished MgF2 and CaF2, avalanche breakdown occurs at above 1 GW/cm2, whereas for materials with lower damage thresholds, such as LiF, BaF2, and roughened or incubated surfaces of CaF2, multiphoton absorption across the band gap is observed.
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