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Cloth-cutting studies using excimer laser ablation
Author(s): Robert C. Sze; Tamara M. Johnson; Virgil E. Sanders
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Paper Abstract

Laser cutting of textiles with excimer lasers was undertaken for the Amtex program at Los Alamos. These studies were carried out in tandem with laser cutting studies at YAG and copper vapor laser (Green) wavelengths at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at CO2 wavelengths at the Argonne National Laboratory. Laser ablation through the process of photo chemical bond breaking at UV (XeCl at 308 nm) wavelengths proved to be at least a factor of 24 more efficient than thermal ablation at the longer YAG wavelength (1.06 (mu) ). We project that a diffraction limited 100 watt XeCl laser is capable of cutting at a rate of 500 cm/sec (200 in/sec) for all cloths tested with the exception of denim and air bag material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4065, High-Power Laser Ablation III, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.407334
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. Sze, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Tamara M. Johnson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Virgil E. Sanders, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4065:
High-Power Laser Ablation III
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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