Abstract

A modified photothermal deformation technique is used to measure the absorptance behaviors of optical multilayered dielectric coatings for a high-power laser system. The surface thermal-lensing modification uses an enlarged probe beam to facilitate alignment of the laser beam and data acquisition. The coatings, both reflective and transmissive types, are made by a physical vapor-deposition process. Coating absorptances are observed to depend on the laser’s exposure time and power density. Time-dependent absorptance defect models are proposed. Also, micrometer-sized sites of high absorptance and an area with physical damage can be found during the spatial scans. It is proposed that absorptance values reported for coatings in high-repetition-rate or cw-laser systems include time- and power-dependent behaviors in addition to other relevant irradiation parameters.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

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