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Practical considerations for industrial ultrafast lasers
Author(s): Allen K. Hankla; Leigh J. Bromley; Jeremy Weston
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Paper Abstract

The ultrafast laser industry has been built upon the scientific research market with the assumption that certain factors such as electrical power, cooling, and vibration isolation can be taken for granted. As ultrafast lasers stand ready to break into the industrial laser market, these and many other assumptions must be re-examined. This paper presents a discussion of the many non-trivial engineering issues that must be addressed in order to bring a highly sophisticated laser system into the harsh industrial environment. These practical considerations include performance, reliability, and cost of ownership. The foundation of the discussion is based upon lessons drawn from successful existing industrial laser systems such as CO2 and Nd:YAG. Relevant results from this study will then be applied to the particular case of ultrafast lasers with the goal of examining how current scientific lasers compare with industrial requirements and highlighting some technologies which can help bridge this gap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3269, Commercial Applications of Ultrafast Lasers, (8 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.312330
Show Author Affiliations
Allen K. Hankla, Positive Light, Inc. (United States)
Leigh J. Bromley, Positive Light, Inc. (United States)
Jeremy Weston, Positive Light, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3269:
Commercial Applications of Ultrafast Lasers
Murray K. Reed, Editor(s)

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