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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1999
  • pp: 4570–4576

Laser heat treatments driven by integrated beams: role of irradiation nonuniformities

José-Luis Ocaña, Angel García-Beltrán, Ferran Laguarta, Jesús Armengol, Núria Lupón, and Fidel Vega  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4570-4576 (1999)

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An analysis is given of how nonuniformities in the laser beam intensity translate into variations on the induced temperature distribution on an irradiated sample. The study involves materials with different thermal conductivities. By use of a reshaped irradiating beam obtained with a multifaceted integrating mirror, a three-dimensional numerical calculation allows us to establish both surface and in-depth temperature distributions. The results show that in the case of materials such as glass (i.e., with low thermal conductivity) large thermal gradients occur both on the surface and in depth during irradiation. However, the lateral heat flow is high enough to strongly reduce the surface gradients as soon as the laser irradiation ends. Conversely, in good thermal conductors such as nickel, the laser intensity nonuniformities induce a thermal peaking of the surface with lateral thermal gradients that are by no means negligible. Experimental evidence during laser glass polishing that confirms the numerical assessments are also provided.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.6660) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Surface measurements, roughness
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing

Original Manuscript: December 7, 1998
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 1999
Published: July 20, 1999

José-Luis Ocaña, Angel García-Beltrán, Ferran Laguarta, Jesús Armengol, Núria Lupón, and Fidel Vega, "Laser heat treatments driven by integrated beams: role of irradiation nonuniformities," Appl. Opt. 38, 4570-4576 (1999)

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