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Fabrication of axisymmetric ceramic microparts using pulsed laser ablation
Author(s): Karl L. Boehlen; Phil T. Rumsby; Alfred Cerezo; Min Huang
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Paper Abstract

Novel methods using pulsed laser ablation have been developed for the manufacture of micro-devices with axial symmetry in ceramic materials. Such techniques allow the prototyping and production of micro-parts that are very difficult or even impossible to process by other mechanical and/or chemical methods. To demonstrate these techniques we have manufactured small conical counter-electrodes for use in a Scanning Atom Probe (SAP) instrument. This paper details all the innovative steps developed to produce the double cone shaped electrode and demonstrates the potential for mass production of other devices of similar shapes and dimensions. Many different laser processing strategies for fabricating the cones have been tried in order to achieve a result with satisfactory accuracy and quality. High quality devices have finally been produced in quantity using a combination of excimer laser mask projection and UV Yag laser cutting. The laser methods developed allow micro-parts of an overall size down to 0.1mm and tolerances of a few microns to be manufactured directly in ceramics, glasses, or crystalline materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4557, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VII, (28 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.442935
Show Author Affiliations
Karl L. Boehlen, Exitech Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Phil T. Rumsby, Exitech Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Alfred Cerezo, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Min Huang, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4557:
Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VII
Jean Michel Karam; John A. Yasaitis, Editor(s)

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