Rapid prototyping of refractive micro-optics using slab waveguide CO2 lasers

H. J. Baker, G. A J Markillie, F. Villarreal, Q. Cao, P. R. Murray, P. A. Field, K. Nowak, C. Janke, D. R. Hall

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Sealed-off, pulsed RF, slab waveguide CO2 lasers offer wide range of pulse durations, pulse repetition frequencies, and peak powers. In quartz and soda lime glass, the 10.6 µm laser wavelength has an absorption depth of a few microns which enables rapid prototyping of refractive micro-optics with machining rates ranging from 10 to 50 µm per shot. Inclusion of an acousto optic modulator (AOM) in the beam system reduces the fluctuation in the pulse energy and adding a power stabilizing unit into the AOM is also possible.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event2000 International Quantum Electronics Conference - Nice, France
Duration: 10 Sept 200015 Sept 2000


Conference2000 International Quantum Electronics Conference
Abbreviated titleIQEC 2000


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