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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 22742–22753

Picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery through a hollow-core Negative Curvature Fiber for micro-machining applications

Piotr Jaworski, Fei Yu, Robert R.J. Maier, William J. Wadsworth, Jonathan C. Knight, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 22742-22753 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.022742


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Abstract

We present high average power picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery at 1030 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths respectively through a novel hollow-core Negative Curvature Fiber (NCF) for high-precision micro-machining applications. Picosecond pulses with an average power above 36 W and energies of 92 µJ, corresponding to a peak power density of 1.5 TWcm−2 have been transmitted through the fiber without introducing any damage to the input and output fiber end-faces. High-energy nanosecond pulses (>1 mJ), which are ideal for micro-machining have been successfully delivered through the NCF with a coupling efficiency of 92%. Picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery have been demonstrated in fiber-based laser micro-machining of fused silica, aluminum and titanium.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Laser Microfabrication

History
Original Manuscript: June 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2013
Published: September 19, 2013

Citation
Piotr Jaworski, Fei Yu, Robert R.J. Maier, William J. Wadsworth, Jonathan C. Knight, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand, "Picosecond and nanosecond pulse delivery through a hollow-core Negative Curvature Fiber for micro-machining applications," Opt. Express 21, 22742-22753 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-19-22742


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