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Applications for pulsed and continuous wave fiber lasers in the photovoltaic industry
Author(s): A. P. Hoult; J. Gabzdyl
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Paper Abstract

Global interest in solar power has created a huge increase in manufacturing capability for silicon based photovoltaic devices. The consequent shortage of silicon has also led to increased interest in thin film solar technology and many new manufacturing facilities are due to come on stream. Lasers are required for precision ablation, cutting and welding tasks on both silicon and thin film based devices. The photovoltaic industry has not been slow to take advantage of the benefits and capabilities of fiber lasers for these tasks. A brief review of these processes is presented along with examples of high speed high quality silicon cutting and thin film ablation using fiber lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6879, Photon Processing in Microelectronics and Photonics VII, 68790U (20 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.767512
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A. P. Hoult, SPI Lasers LLC (United States)
J. Gabzdyl, SPI Lasers LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6879:
Photon Processing in Microelectronics and Photonics VII
David B. Geohegan; Frank Träger; Jan J. Dubowski; Andrew S. Holmes; Michel Meunier; Craig B. Arnold; Hiroyuki Niino, Editor(s)

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