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The reduction of laser damage resistance of optical coatings to subpicosecond pulse trains under vacuum

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Abstract

Optical multilayer materials HfO2 and SiO2 exhibit subpicosecond laser damage thresholds of just 10% of their intrinsic value when tested in vacuum. A few Torr of water vapor is shown to remedy this effect.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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