Fabrication of High Power Laser Optics

Slow axis collimator lens, produced with the new developed fabrication process (Source: PowerPhotonic)

Slow axis collimator lens, produced with the new developed fabrication process (Source: PowerPhotonic)

PowerPhotonic is using laser polishing as part of its fabrication process to create ultra-high efficiency refractive optics, used in high power collimation and beam shaping applications.

This process unique to PowerPhotonic allows it to create beam shaper optics that transform the way in which the laser is used. Using higher efficiency optics preserves the life of a high power laser by enabling it to run at lower power. It makes system integration easier as less energy is dissipated as wasted heat. And the ability to transform a single circular Gaussian shaped laser beam into different intensity profiles and beam shapes using different beam shaper optics adds enhanced utility to existing and new laser systems.

Roy McBride, Managing Director of PowerPhotonic said, “We have spent many years developing our laser machining and polishing process to create optics that are ideal for today’s high power laser systems. Our high efficiency optics bring unparalleled benefits where power efficiency is at a premium, particularly in high power defense and scientific laser applications or high power industrial materials processing such as cutting and welding.”

PowerPhotonic is presenting a paper on direct-write laser fabrication of collimation and beam shaping optics at the forthcoming LaP2016 conference on laser polishing, at Fraunhofer ILT Aachen, Germany on 26th and 27th April 2016.

Links: PowerPhotonic Ltd., Dalgety Bay, Fife, UK • 2nd Conference on Laser Polishing LaP 2016, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Aachen, Germany

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