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Course SC1285

Industrial Ultrafast Lasers for Micro-Processing and Applications

Monday, 24 January 2022 • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Level: Introductory
Member: $450.00
Non-member: $525.00
Student member: $285.00
This course provides an overview of the design, performance characteristics, the current state of the art, and the applications of industrial ultrafast lasers used in micro-processing. The course reviews the properties of Yb-doped and Nd-doped gain materials used to generate pulse durations in the range of 300 fs to 15 ps, and discusses the design principles for modelocked solid state and fiber MOPA architectures to realize average output powers of up to hundreds of Watts with pulse energies in the range of 1 µJ to several mJ. The course will cover the design of SESAM modelocked oscillators, the fundamentals of Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), including design rules for pulse stretching and compression devices, as well as frequency conversion to the green and ultraviolet spectral range. Topics will also include the interaction of fs/ps pulses with materials during laser processing and a review of the optimum fluences and maximum ablation rates in the IR, Green and UV for more than 25 materials used in industrial manufacturing. The course concludes with an overview of currently available laser products and their industrial applications and a summary of recent R&D results.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the laser-relevant properties of gain materials used for industrial ultrafast lasers
  • acquire an up-to-date overview of ultrafast laser products and their applications
  • explain pulse stretching, pulse compression, and frequency conversion of ultrafast laser pulses.
  • explain the design criteria for SESAM modelocked oscillators
  • explain the design methodology of ultrafast MOPAs in rod, disk and fiber geometry
  • examine the interaction of ultrafast laser pulses with materials and the design rules to optimize ultrafast laser processing
  • quantify X-ray exposure/dosage that may occur during ultrafast laser processing
  • explain the principle of optimum fluence and maximum ablation rates
  • identify optimum fluences and ablation rates for 25 materials used in industrial laser processing as a function of pulse duration and laser wavelength
  • discuss the effect of burst mode in laser processing
  • develop an appreciation of the scope, depth and pace of technical progress of the state-of-the art of industrial ultrafast lasers in the IR, GREEN, and UV wavelengths range


Graduate students, engineers, scientists, technicians and managers working in ultrafast laser research or product development.


Norman Hodgson - Coherent, Inc. (United States)
Norman Hodgson is Vice President for Technology and Advanced R&D at Coherent, Inc. He has more than 30 years' experience in solid state and fiber laser design, optimization, and product development. Previously held positions include: Vice President of Engineering at Coherent (2003-2009), Senior Project Manager and Director of Engineering at Spectra-Physics, Inc. (1998-2003), Senior Laser Engineer and Program Manager at Carl Zeiss, Inc. (1992-1996), and various university positions. He received his PhD in Physics from Technical University Berlin. He is co-author of the books “Optical Resonators “(Springer-Verlag 1996), and “Laser Resonators and Beam Propagation” (Springer-Verlag 2005). Dr. Hodgson has authored over 100 publications and conference presentations and is co-inventor on more than 35 issued and pending patents.