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Deformation analysis of optical components for CO2-laser systems using holographic interferometry
Author(s): Manfred Weck; M. Krauhausen
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Paper Abstract

The application of high energy lasers for material processing requires a high beam quality. This is e. g. determined by the image quality of the optical elements used for beam guidance and shaping. Up to now in the construction of the elements several influencing parameters that occur during laser processing were largely neglected. Reasons for this are the limited knowledge about the operational performance of optical elements for high power lasers (up to 25 kW) and the difficult measurement of the occuring deformations and displacements. Responsible for the deterioration of the desired image properties of the optical elements are on the one hand manufacturing inaccuracies and on the other hand statical dynamical and thermal process forces. Statical forces result from the mounting of the optical components and the applied coolant pressure. Dynamical forces can occur due to vibrations of the mechanical components of the beam guidance and fluctuations of the coolant pressure. The absorption of a small part of the incident laser radiation leads to a heatup of the optical element resulting in a time and spacedependent deformation of the optics. The statical dynamical and thermal deformations and displacements occur simultaneously. A systematic analysis of the operational behavior requires a separated consideration of these parameters. Only this proceeding can lead to a weighting of the influencing parameters. Using holographic interferometry such a separated consideration of the different influences becomes possible. It

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1266, In-Process Optical Measurements and Industrial Methods, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20270
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Manfred Weck, Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
M. Krauhausen, Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Produktionstechnologie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1266:
In-Process Optical Measurements and Industrial Methods
H. A. Macleod; Peter Langenbeck, Editor(s)

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