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CLAMP: a European project to assess copper laser applications in manufacture and production
Author(s): Andrew John Kearsley; Martyn R. H. Knowles
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Paper Abstract

Copper lasers have been identified as the laser of choice for AVLIS. As a result they have been developed to the point where laboratory lasers can deliver over 750 W and commercial devices are available with powers in excess of 100 W. The lasers have been developed for industrial processes and therefore have many of the attributes required for more general industrial use. Work carried out at several sites, particularly Erlangen University Germany, has demonstrated that the copper laser has the ability to drill and cut many materials which are difficult to process by other methods. The short wavelength, high average power and high repetition rate give the copper laser a number of distinct advantages over other laser types. A consortium of over 20 companies, research institutions and universities from six countries has set up a pan-European project to establish the commercial viability of copper lasers in manufacture and production. The consortium is about to embark on a 100-man year, 2 year definition study which is expected to be followed by a 3 year implementation study. The study will be under taken with approximately 50% government funding under the EUREKA- EUROLASER scheme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1993
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1859, Laser Isotope Separation, (28 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145505
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Andrew John Kearsley, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Martyn R. H. Knowles, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1859:
Laser Isotope Separation
Jeffrey A. Paisner, Editor(s)

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