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Applications of high-power visible and UV lasers in manufacturing
Author(s): Martyn R. H. Knowles; Andrew I. Bell; Graham Rutterford; H. Booth; Gideon Foster-Turner; Andrew John Kearsley
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Paper Abstract

Visible and UV lasers with nanosecond pulse durations, diffraction-limited beam quality and high pulse repetition rates have demonstrated an ability to machine a wide variety of materials with sub-micron precision and sub-micron-sized heat-affected zones. Manufacturing applications for these lasers include orifice drilling in fuel injection components and inkjet printers, micro-milling of micromolds, via hole drilling in printed circuit boards and silicon machining. Narrow line width UV is used for the fabrication of fiber Bragg gratings. Results achieved with copper vapor lasers (CVL) and diode-pumped solid state lasers will be presented. Recent advances in higher power, compact CVLs are opening new possibilities for manufacturing with this class of laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3888, High-Power Lasers in Manufacturing, (7 February 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.377022
Show Author Affiliations
Martyn R. H. Knowles, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andrew I. Bell, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Graham Rutterford, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
H. Booth, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Gideon Foster-Turner, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andrew John Kearsley, Oxford Lasers Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3888:
High-Power Lasers in Manufacturing
Xiangli Chen; Tomoo Fujioka; Akira Matsunawa, Editor(s)

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