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The Development Of A Modular Multikilowatt CO2 Laser With User-Selectable Beam Modes
Author(s): J. G. Freeman; J. Leece; D. R. Martyr
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Paper Abstract

It has been recognised for some time that whilst high-power lasers are suitable for cutting, welding and heat treatment, different beam mode may be required for optimum use in a particular process. However, up to now industrial lasers have generally been designed to provide only one mode. Typically this has been TEM00 at powers up to 1 kW, TEM01* at 1 - 3 kW and Multimode at 3 - 5 kW. This paper, however, describes the development of a modular industrial laser with rated powers from 1.5 to 6 kW, with a novel optical design which allows user selection of beam mode. TEM0 ' in cutting, and Multimode are all available from this laser design for optimum efficiency in cutting, welding and heat treatment applications. Further, the modular construction technique allows a user to upgrade the maximum power of his system from 1.5 kW to 6 kW to any time after installation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1020, High Power CO2 Laser Systems and Applications, (24 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.950046
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J. G. Freeman, Ferranti International (Scotland)
J. Leece, Ferranti International (Scotland)
D. R. Martyr, Ferranti International (Scotland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1020:
High Power CO2 Laser Systems and Applications
A. Quenzer, Editor(s)

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