Abstract

To the best of our knowledge, a combined sensitive technique employing both laser calorimetry and a surface thermal lens scheme for measuring absorption values of optical coatings is presented for the first time. Laser calorimetric and pulsed surface thermal lens signals are simultaneously obtained with a highly reflecting UV coating sample irradiated at 193‚ÄČ nm. The advantages and potential applications of the combined technique and the experimental factors limiting the measurement sensitivity are discussed.

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