A Proposed US Standard for Laser Damage Performance

Jan 20, 2021
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Accurate, precise, and repeatable measurements are seminal to technological advancement and commerce. Since the dawn of the laser, laser-induced damage in optics and coatings has placed a limit on system design and commercial complication. Moreover, making high-quality measurements of laser-damage resistance is a challenging and nuanced problem. The current regime of international standards for laser damage, ISO 21254, fails to entirely meet the needs of the U.S. laser community for an accurate, cost-effective laser damage measurement with results that can be compared among test laboratories. A U.S. standard for laser damage is being developed to address the needs of the national community, under the auspices of the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council. Jonathan W. Arenberg discusses the details of the proposed test method, how it addresses the community's needs, and what remains to be developed in the standard.

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About the presenter:
Jonathan Arenberg, Ph.D.Jonathan Arenberg, Ph.D., is currently chief engineer for Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of program and mission development, from early technology development, mission concepts, and detailed design to test and verification, and integration and test. His last major program assignment was as chief engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope. In the last few years, Arenberg has lead major mission studies for NASA and other government customers. He has been a major contributor to paradigm-breaking mission concepts, such as the Starshade and the MODE lens. He is a creative and broad thinker, capable of addressing the most challenging problems with practical and effective solutions. In addition to his work in astronomical systems and optical systems (from x-rays to terahertz systems), Arenberg has been involved with research into laser damage measurements — specifically studying the statistics of laser damage and the performance of test protocols. He is a member of the OEOSC TF7 committee, and the ISO committee developing damage standards.

Arenberg has a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science and doctorate in engineering — all from UCLA. As a committed member of the scientific community, he is a long-serving California State Science Fair judge, frequent public speaker, referee for several journals, and guest editor for several special journal issues. He is a SPIE Fellow, for his contribution to astronomy and lasers. Arenberg is the author of over 210 conference presentations, papers, and book chapters, and he holds 14 European and U.S. patents in a wide variety of areas of technology. He is also the co-author of a recent book on systems engineering for astronomy from SPIE press. In 2020, Arenberg received the Professional Achievement Award from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Opticslaser-induced damageCoatings ISO 21254
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