17 February 2017 Ultrashort pulse laser welding of glasses without optical contacting
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Abstract
We report on ultrashort pulse induced welding of fused silica without previously optical contacting of the samples. We used a TruMicro 2020 by TRUMPF delivering bursts of intense ultrashort laser pulses with an individual pulse energy of up to 10 μJ, an intraburst pulse separation of 20 ns and a burst repetition rate of 200 kHz. With this setup we could realize a large pool of molten material with a length of up to 450 μm and a diameter of around 160 μm. If the laser focus is placed near the surface of a glass sample the low viscosity of the hot material induces bulging of the surface and ejection of the molten material. This molten material can be used to fill a gap of up to 3 μm between fused silica samples.

We also determined the breaking strength with a three-point bending test. The determined maximal value of 73 MPa is equivalent to 85% of the stability of the pristine bulk material.
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Sören Richter, Sören Richter, Felix Zimmermann, Felix Zimmermann, Dirk Sutter, Dirk Sutter, Aleksander Budnicki, Aleksander Budnicki, Andreas Tünnermann, Andreas Tünnermann, Stefan Nolte, Stefan Nolte, } "Ultrashort pulse laser welding of glasses without optical contacting", Proc. SPIE 10094, Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVII, 1009411 (17 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2250389; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2250389
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