Performance of thin borosilicate glass sheets at 351 nm

Pamela K. Whitman, Michael C. Staggs, Christopher W. Carr, Sham N. Dixit, Walter D. Sell, David Milam, Gregory J. Exarhos, Arthur H. Guenther, Keith L. Lewis, M. J. Soileau, Christopher J. Stolz
2002 Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2001  
Previously, we reported preliminary results for commercial thin borosilicate glass sheets evaluated for use as a frequently-replaced optic to separate the radiation and contamination produced by the inertial confinement fusion experiments in the National Ignition Facility target chamber from the expensive precision laser optics which focus and shape the 351-nm laser beam. The goal is identification of low cost substrates that can deliver acceptable beam energy and focal spots to the target. The
more » ... two parameters that dominate the transmitted beam quality are the transmitted wave front error and 351-nm absorption. Commercial materials and fabrication processes have now been identified which meet the beam energy and focus requirements for all of the missions planned for the National Ignition Facility. We present the first data for use of such an optic on the National Ignition Facility laser.
doi:10.1117/12.461722 fatcat:7zp7lnrdrbcfpomopfbodxuvse