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Title: Nano-indentation and laser-induced damage testing in optical multilayer-dielectric gratings [Nanomechanics and laser-induced damage in optical multilayer dielectric gratings]

Here, we demonstrate how a nanomechanical test can be used to generate metrics to complement laser-induced–damage testing (LIDT) measurements and show that differences in optical performance of the gratings (arising from changes in cleaning process and/or fabrication methods) can be related to their mechanical reliability. Data are presented on LIDT measurements in diffractive gratings of silica deposited on optical multilayers. The nano-indentation response of the diffraction gratings is measured in a new mode that allows for the extraction of a measurable metric characterizing the brittleness of the gratings, as well as their ductility. We show that lower LIDT’s are positively correlated with an increased grating brittleness, and therefore identify a nanomechanical approach to describe LIDT’s. We present extensive numerical simulations of nano-indentation tests and identify different deformation modes including stretching, shear concentration, and bending as precursors to mechanical failure in the nano-indentation test. The effects of geometrical inhomogeneities on enhanced stress generation in these gratings are specifically examined and addressed.
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  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
  2. (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
2016-3, 1337
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6935; APOPAI; 2016-3, 1337, 2291
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6935
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Orgs:
Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; diffraction gratings; silica; laser materials processing; other properties
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1346875