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27 August 2003 Investigation of a method for the determination of the focused spot size of industrial laser beams based on the drilling of holes in mylar film
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The focussed spot size of industrial laser beams is a critical processing parameter in most laser machining applications as it determines the machined feature size and the irradiance produced by the laser at the material interface. There are a number of standard methods available for accurately measuring and analysing the focussed spot. These methods often require expensive equipment that can be time consuming and difficult to set up in a production environment. This paper presents an investigation into a cost effective and straightforward method for the measurement of focussed laser spot sizes based on drilling of holes in mylar film. It can be shown that the slope of a plot of the square of the hole diameter versus the natural log of the laser pulse energy is equal to twice the square of the spot radius. A measure of the laser spot size can be calculated by generating laser-drilled holes at number of laser pulse energies. The practicality and accuracy of this method is investigated in this paper for a number of laser types including a diode pumped solid state laser (UV DPSS) operating at the third harmonic (355nm), a femtosecond laser and a flash lamp pumped Nd:YAG laser. A comparison between the measured results and the results generated with other available techniques is also presented.
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Helen Howard, Alan J. Conneely, Gerard M. O'Connor, and Thomas J. Glynn "Investigation of a method for the determination of the focused spot size of industrial laser beams based on the drilling of holes in mylar film", Proc. SPIE 4876, Opto-Ireland 2002: Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications, (27 August 2003); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.463732
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