Spatio-temporal evolution of femtosecond laser pulses in dielectric multi-layers controlling the damage behavior
SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11910, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 2021
Type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz (non-reviewed)
When designing femtosecond laser mirrors, one tries to minimize the peak intensity within the high-index layers to increase the laser-induced damage threshold. Typically, the optimization procedure utilizes the electric field distribution in the layer stack generated by monochromatic irradiation. This approach is sufficient for certain structures like high-reflectors based on quarter-wave films. More complex structures require to take into account the exact evolution of the pulse parameters such as peak intensity and duration within the multi-layer system. We exemplify this by discussing a merit function that can be included in femtosecond optics design.