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Surface dynamics during laser polishing of glass
Author(s): Fidel Vega; Jesus Armengol Cebrian; Nuria Bas Lupon; Ferran Laguarta
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Paper Abstract

Laser heating of glass samples is a simple and versatile method for obtaining polished surfaces of optical quality. Since laser beam intensity non-uniformity can translate into significant variations in the induced surface temperature, the success of the laser surface-polishing process strongly depends on obtaining uniform intensity profiles or flat-top distributions at the sample plane. In this paper we present a comparison between large-area CO2 laser-polishing experiments carried out in optical glass substrates following two different approaches: (1) A reshaped beam obtained by an active integration method is swept over the glass surface. (2) A static beam reshaped by means of both a multifaceted mirror and a square pipe light guide is applied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3822, Computer-Controlled Microshaping, (20 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364216
Show Author Affiliations
Fidel Vega, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Jesus Armengol Cebrian, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Nuria Bas Lupon, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Ferran Laguarta, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3822:
Computer-Controlled Microshaping
Vadim P. Veiko; Tamas Szoerenyi, Editor(s)

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