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Robust focusing optics for high-power laser welding
Author(s): Blake McAllister
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Paper Abstract

As available power levels from both fiber and disc lasers rapidly increase, so does the need for more robust beam delivery solutions. Traditional transmissive optics for 1 micron lasers have proven to be problematic in the presence of higher power densities and are more susceptible to focal shift. A new, fully-reflective, optical solution has been developed using mirrors rather than lenses and windows to achieve the required stable focal spot, while still protecting the delicate fiber end. This patent-approved beam focusing solution, referred to as high power reflective focusing optic (HPRFO), involves specialty mirrors and a flowing gas orifice that prevents ingress of contaminants into the optically sensitive region of the assembly. These mirrors also provide a unique solution for increasing the distance between the sensitive optics and the contamination-filled region at the work, without sacrificing spot size. Longer focal lengths and lower power densities on large mass, water-cooled, copper mirrors deliver the robustness needed at increasingly high power levels. The HPRFO exhibits excellent beam quality and minimal focal shift at a fraction of commercially available optics, and has demonstrated consistent reliability on applications requiring 15 kW with prolonged beam-on times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8963, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications III, 89630A (20 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2037356
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Blake McAllister, Edison Welding Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8963:
High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications III
Friedhelm Dorsch, Editor(s)

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