Abstract

We demonstrate that fused-silica samples exposed to nanosecond laser pulses at 355 nm and 1064 nm develop long-lived electrostatic charges on their surfaces. These charges extend well beyond the area exposed to the laser beam. The results suggest this effect is dependent on laser fluence and wavelength. In addition, ejected particles generated during laser-induced breakdown are electrostatically charged. Experiments indicate that such electrostatic charges can produce forces that can support the transport of dielectric and metallic microspheres between surfaces. This in turn can promote increased contamination of optical components during operation at relevant excitation conditions.

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