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Densification of fused silica due to shock waves and its implications for 351 nm laser induced damage



Densification of fused silica due to shock waves and its implications for 351 nm laser induced damage



Optics Express 8(11): 611-616



High-power 351 nm (3 ) laser pulses can produce damaged areas in high quality fused silica optics. Recent experiments have shown the presence of a densified layer at the bottom of damage initiation craters. We have studied the propagation of shock waves through fused silica using large-scale atomistic simulations since such shocks are expected to accompany laser energy deposition. These simulations show that the shocks induce structural transformations in the material that persist long after the shock has dissipated. Values of densification and thickness of densified layer agree with experimental observations. Moreover, our simulations give an atomistic description of the structural changes in the material due to shock waves and their relation to Raman spectra measurements.

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Accession: 052486157

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PMID: 19421249

DOI: 10.1364/OE.8.000611


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