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High-speed micromachining with UV-copper vapor lasers
Author(s): Elizabeth K. Illy; Alison C. J. Glover; Michael J. Withford; James A. Piper
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Paper Abstract

Ablation rate characteristics (etch rates) are presented for micro-machining of polyimide (kapton) and PETG using a frequency doubled Copper Vapor Laser (uv-CVL) at 255 nm and a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF (4*Nd:YLF) laser at 261 nm. A comparison is made of the etch rates obtained by continuous ablation at 4.25 kHz with the uv-CVL with rates obtained for bursts of pulses with 2 second intervals between bursts. These results suggest that the observed decrease in ablation depth per pulse after a number of pulses for fluences above 0.6 J/cm2 is due to attenuation of succeeding laser pulses by the plume of previously-ejected material. Preliminary results of the effect of sample temperature on ablation rates are also presented.

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Date Published: 8 April 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2703, Lasers as Tools for Manufacturing of Durable Goods and Microelectronics, (8 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237754
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Elizabeth K. Illy, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Alison C. J. Glover, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Michael J. Withford, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
James A. Piper, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2703:
Lasers as Tools for Manufacturing of Durable Goods and Microelectronics
Jan J. Dubowski; Jyotirmoy Mazumder; Leonard R. Migliore; Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Ronald D. Schaeffer, Editor(s)

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