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Microdrilling with a Nd:YAG Q-switched laser
Author(s): Hans Kurt Toenshoff; Ferdinand von Alvensleben
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Paper Abstract

In contrast to laser cutting and welding, laser drilling is rather unknown for industrial applications today. A main reason for this is the poor processing quantity. In this paper a special Nd:YAG-laser system will be introduced, which is well suited for drilling applications, due to high beam quality as well as high output power. In combination with an acoustooptical Q-switch, high quality drillholes in the micrometers -range have been achieved. Different parameters of the laser process cause variable hole diameter in steel and ceramics. This paper gives some examples, and the advantages and disadvantages of drilling micro holes using a laser are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1864, Solid State Lasers IV, (17 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146872
Show Author Affiliations
Hans Kurt Toenshoff, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
Ferdinand von Alvensleben, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1864:
Solid State Lasers IV
Gregory J. Quarles; Milton A. Woodall, Editor(s)

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