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New fiber lasers with temporal pulse shaping of nanosecond pulses for tailoring flexible laser material processing
Author(s): Michelle Lynn Stock; Heinrich Endert; Rajesh S. Patel
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Paper Abstract

Using an innovative approach based on Yb:fiber amplifiers and pre-shaped pulsed diode seeders, a unique laser source with tunable pulse duration and rectangular pulse shape has been developed. Based on the patented use of multimode fibers with single-mode output, the resultant system provides pulses adjustable between 4 and 20 ns duration with sharp rise times of < 1.5 ns, at a repetition rate of up to 20 kHz. The output pulse energy of > 15 microJoules can be maintained over the full tuning range. The high-quality output beam is coupled into a polarization-maintaining, single-mode delivery fiber for ease of integration into an application. With this "tailorable" pulse design, control of laser energy deposition in very confined laser interaction zones (by pulse shape), and of its dosage (by pulse duration) can be optimized by the user and adjusted in real-time from the laser controller in response to measured structural changes. Results of machining of materials such as Si, Cr on glass and drilling of Cu/Pl/Cu are presented, showing the unique capability of this laser and its advantageous use to ablate, structure, repair, or trim very small areas (down to sub-micron size) without damaging or influencing the underlying and/or neighboring structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4977, Photon Processing in Microelectronics and Photonics II, (17 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479230
Show Author Affiliations
Michelle Lynn Stock, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Heinrich Endert, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)
Rajesh S. Patel, IMRA America, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4977:
Photon Processing in Microelectronics and Photonics II
Alberto Piqué; Koji Sugioka; Peter R. Herman; Jim Fieret; David B. Geohegan; Frank Träger; Kouichi Murakami; Friedrich G. Bachmann; Jan J. Dubowski; Willem Hoving; Kunihiko Washio, Editor(s)

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