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Electro-optic and acousto-optic laser beam scanners
Author(s): Johannes Heberle; Peter Bechtold; Johannes Strauß; Michael Schmidt
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Paper Abstract

Electro-optical deflectors (EOD) and acousto-optical deflectors (AOD) are based on deflection of laser light within a solid state medium. As they do not contain any moving parts, they yield advantages compared to mechanical scanners which are conventionally used for laser beam deflection. Even for arbitrary scan paths high feed rates can be achieved. In this work the principles of operation and characteristic properties of EOD and AOD are presented. Additionally, a comparison to mirror based mechanical deflectors regarding deflection angles, speed and accuracy is made in terms of resolvable spots and the rate of resolvable spots. Especially, the latter one is up to one order of magnitude higher for EOD and AOD systems compared to conventional systems. Further characteristic properties such as response time, damage threshold, efficiency and beam distortions are discussed. Solid state laser beam deflectors are usually characterized by small deflection angles but high angular deflection velocities. As mechanical deflectors exhibit opposite properties an arrangement of a mechanical scanner combined with a solid state deflector provides a solution with the benefits of both systems. As ultrashort pulsed lasers with average power above 100 W and repetition rates in the MHz range have been available for several years this approach can be applied to fully exploit their capabilities. Thereby, pulse overlap can be reduced and by this means heat affected zones are prevented to provide proper processing results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9736, Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing X, 97360L (4 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2212208
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Johannes Heberle, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Peter Bechtold, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Johannes Strauß, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Michael Schmidt, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9736:
Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing X
Udo Klotzbach; Kunihiko Washio; Craig B. Arnold, Editor(s)

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