Ivaylo Balchev, Lyubomir Lazov, Edmunds Teirumnieks


The ability to laser machine materials with high resolution and high throughput is critical in advanced manufacturing for a vast array of applications, from photovoltaic cells to bio-compatible micro-components. Copper bromide (CuBr) lasers with their excellent beam quality promised noticeable advantages and improvements in high precision and material processing at the microscale. The application of the CuBr laser as a precision tool for micromachining of different metals has been demonstrated. That good performance was a result of the combination of high power visible radiation, short pulses, and close to the diffraction-limited laser beam divergence with high-speed galvo scanner beam steering.


CuBr vapour laser; laser micromachining; precision micromachining

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