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Laser microfabrication from a commercial perspective
Author(s): C. Paul Christensen
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Paper Abstract

Laser microfabrication processes are finding an increasing number of commercial applications, and, in turn, the promise of commercial application now motivates most current process and hardware development efforts. Consequently, it is important for those working the microfabrication field to consider the commercial as well as the technical issues relevant to their work. The pervasive drive toward miniaturization seen in a wide range of electronic and mechanical devices offers many opportunities for the laser microfabrication specialist to have a significant impact on technology that ultimately appears in the commercial marketplace. Identifying these opportunities requires a basic understanding of market forces, competing and complementary technologies, and cost issues as well as an appreciation of the implications of miniaturzation trends. A broad overview of ongoing developments in the microelectronics and microsystems fields suggests a long-term need for ever-improving laser microfabrication tools and processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5662, Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.595686
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C. Paul Christensen, Potomac Photonics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5662:
Fifth International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication
Isamu Miyamoto; Henry Helvajian; Kazuyoshi Itoh; Kojiro F. Kobayashi; Andreas Ostendorf; Koji Sugioka, Editor(s)

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