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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2011
  • pp: 1779–1785

Application of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to laser marking

Jonathan P. Parry, Rainer J. Beck, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 12, pp. 1779-1785 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.001779


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Abstract

Laser marking is demonstrated using a nanosecond (ns) pulse duration laser in combination with a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to generate two-dimensional patterns directly onto thin films and bulk metal surfaces. Previous demonstrations of laser marking with such devices have been limited to low average power lasers. Application in the ns regime enables more complex, larger scale marks to be generated with more widely available and industrially proven laser systems. The dynamic nature of the device is utilized to improve mark quality by reducing the impact of the inherently speckled intensity distribution across the generated image and reduce thermal effects in the marked surface.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(350.3850) Other areas of optics : Materials processing
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2011
Published: April 18, 2011

Citation
Jonathan P. Parry, Rainer J. Beck, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand, "Application of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to laser marking," Appl. Opt. 50, 1779-1785 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-12-1779

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