Accession Number:

ADA589665

Title:

Optomechanical Coatings for High-Power Mirrors and Adaptive Optics

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jul 2005 - 31 Dec 2008

Corporate Author:

MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-24

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The goals of this program were to develop optical coatings that can resist or circumvent the detrimental effects of thermal gradients. New thin film materials were investigated and optomechanical design techniques were developed. Over the three years of the program, we have made major progress on three main thrusts. These are 1 encapsulation techniques to stabilize the optical and mechanical properties of porous, reactive, or unstable thin films, 2 optomechanical design to create optical coatings with specified thermal and mechanical deformation, 3 negative thermal expansion NTE films that are stable with changing atmospheres. In addition we have preliminary results regarding two additional areas of inquiry that could have great impact on the coatings for high power lasers. These are 4 infrared signatures to predict the onset of laser damage to optical coatings, and 5 atomic layer deposition for highly conformal coatings for high power beam combining.

Subject Categories:

  • Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE