Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

First overview of laser-induced damage

The newly published book „Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials“ gives a comprehensive overview of laser-induced damage effects in optical components. The book, edited by Prof. Dr. Detlev Ristau, Head of the Laser Components Department at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), is a collection of contributions by leading scientists in the field optical components and laser technology.

The main theme of the book is laser-induced damage, which can occur in the bulk, on the surface or in the coating of optical components, when higher laser powers are used. The book covers essential themes on high power laser coatings and materials against the background of fundamental damage mechanisms. It also covers important influencing variables during production of optical components and their applications.

Comprehensive Overview
In four sections, the book gives a fundamental introduction to theoretical and experimental methods, and summarizes strategies as well as current and further developments in the field of laser-induced damage. This reference work gives a previously unavailable overview of modelling trends, and it discusses measurement and evaluation techniques for threshold levels of laser-induced damage, concerning international standards.