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High-accuracy microdrilling of steel with solid state UV laser at a rate of 10 mm/sec
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Paper Abstract

We investigated wavelength- and intensity-dependence of ablation rate achievable with a diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with frequency doubling and tripling. The laser produced 15 ns-long pulses at a repetition rate of 10 kHz and output power of 28 W in the fundamental beam, and 15 W and 10 W in the second and third harmonics, respectively. We found that in thin stainless and carbon steel foils, fast ablation starts at the laser fluence level of 10 J/cm2. The ablation rate remains close to 1 micrometers per pulse with very little change as the laser fluence increases by more than order of magnitude above this threshold exit of the hole. This attenuation is strongly dependent on the laser wavelength. Particularly, using third harmonic output, we were able to sustain average drilling speed of more than 1 micrometers per pulse in samples up to 1 mm thick. At the same time, removal rate at fundamental wavelength decreased by almost an order of magnitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3933, Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing V, (7 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387592
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Sergei V. Govorkov, Lambda Physik, Inc. (United States)
Evgueni V. Slobodtchikov, Lambda Physik, Inc. (United States)
Alexander O. Wiessner, Lambda Physik, Inc. (United States)
Dirk Basting, Lambda Physik, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3933:
Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing V
Henry Helvajian; Koji Sugioka; Malcolm C. Gower; Jan J. Dubowski, Editor(s)

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