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Solid-State Lasers for Materials Processing

Fundamental Relations and Technical Realizations


  • Very valuable compendium of applications of lasers in materials processing

  • Extensive data for the practitioner makes the book useful as a handbook


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 77)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Theoretical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 3-44
    3. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 45-68
    4. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 69-97
    5. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 99-121
  3. Technical Realization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 125-147
    3. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 149-176
    4. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 177-197
    5. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 199-208
    6. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 209-232
    7. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 233-253
  4. Data and Specifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 257-287
    3. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 289-310
    4. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 311-318
    5. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 319-323
    6. Reinhard Iffländer
      Pages 325-328
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 329-353

About this book


This book explains in detail the technical and physical basic principles of solid-state lasers for material processing. The characteristic parameters of laser beams, such as beam quality, power and efficiency, are related to parameters of practical use. Conventional applications of high power lasers, such as laser welding, cutting and scribing, as well as the basics of laser-matter interactions, are also discussed in the book. The types of lasers considered include: high power Nd, Yb:YAG, Nd-glass lamp- or laserdiode-pumped. Data on potential materials for solid-state lasers such as alexandrite, GGG, YVO, YLF and others are presented. Aspectys of laser device design, for example, beam optics and beam guiding by fiber, are discussed. Many tables and graphics make this a useful handbook for scientists, process engineers, laser physicists and advanced students.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SchrambergGermany

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 "Takes the reader on a journey that covers all the basic science and engineering related to the topic of developing a solid-state laser for common materials processing problems. The emphasis is on addressing the important issues that an optical engineer will encounter in trying to develop, and then apply, a solid-state laser in the context of this field...The author has managed to successfully cover all the salient points without losing sight of the complete picture. I found the book easy to read and technically sound. Entrants to the field will certainly find it a book to keep for future reference."