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Optical Engineering

Hollow glass waveguides and silver halide fibers as scanning elements for CO2 laser marking systems
Author(s): B. Dekel; Alexandra Inberg; Nathan I. Croitoru; Shaul Shalem; Abraham Katzir
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and constructed a CO2 laser marking system based on a scanned flexible waveguide (silver halide infrared optical fiber or a hollow glass waveguide). CO2 laser power was introduced into the proximal end of the waveguide and the distal tip was placed near the surface of a sample. A permanent magnet was attached to the distal tip, which was displaced in the X and Y directions, using a varying electro magnetic field. An on-line computerized system was used to control the laser power, the position of the distal tip and the scanning speed. The system is capable of cutting, heating or marking on various surfaces. The output profile distribution, spot size and resolution of hollow waveguides and silver halide fibers were investigated and compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 39(5) doi: 10.1117/1.602475
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 39, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
B. Dekel, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Alexandra Inberg, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Nathan I. Croitoru, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Shaul Shalem, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Abraham Katzir, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)

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