Effects of ?-ray irradiation on optical absorption and laser damage performance of KDP crystals containing arsenic impurities.

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Guo DC, Jiang XD, Huang J, Wang FR, Liu HJ, Xiang X, Yang GX, Zheng WG, Zu XT. Effects of ?-ray irradiation on optical absorption and laser damage performance of KDP crystals containing arsenic impurities. Opt Express. 2014;22(23):29020-29030.
The effects of ?-irradiation on potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals containing arsenic impurities are investigated with different optical diagnostics, including UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy, photo-thermal common-path interferometer and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The optical absorption spectra indicate that a new broad absorption band near 260 nm appears after ?-irradiation. It is found that the intensity of absorption band increases with the increasing irradiation dose and arsenic impurity concentration. The simulation of radiation defects show that this absorption is assigned to the formation of AsO4 4- centers due to arsenic ions substituting for phosphorus ions. Laser-induced damage threshold test is conducted by using 355 nm nanosecond laser pulses. The correlations between arsenic impurity concentration and laser induced damage threshold are presented. The results indicate that the damage performance of the material decreases with the increasing arsenic impurity concentration. Possible mechanisms of the irradiation-induced defects formation under ?-irradiation of KDP crystals are discussed.