High Power, High LIDT Laser Optics: Understanding Optics for High Power Lasers

By Mike Wilde, Coating Manager, G&H (UK) and Dr Rona Belford, Belford Research

All of us who work with power lasers have experienced laser damage, usually when we least wanted to. That flash of light in our darkened firing labs or audible “pop” signals that the day has just got a bit longer. Catalog optics are fine for many laser applications but high power lasers require specified damage characteristics of their optics.

Coating technology is the enabling technology for the entire laser industry. LIDT is the guide for new coatings development.