This paper presents data reduction on an experimental set-up that we have recently developed at CESTA, France. It has been implemented to analyze laser-induced damage on optics dedicated to the Megajoule laser project. Our goal is to measure the damage fluence on samples under tests, using a statistical approach on a very large number of sites.
The laser-induced damage density is accurately plotted as a function of laser fluence, by measuring the fluence of every single shot during the scan. This improvement of accuracy modifies dramatically the interpretation of the results that can be made, compared to raw data, considering the mean fluence only.© (2005) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.