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12 April 1996 High-power laser diodes in material processing
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With the availability of laser diodes in the power range of small solid state lasers the direct material processing becomes more and more interesting as a standard application. Typical applications are heating, surface modifications, drilling and cutting. The ability to control the energy deposition simply via the current makes laser diode based equipment a tool of choice for medical applications. Both medical applications and material processing require optical systems for the appropriate energy deposition. The cooling system of laser diodes depends on the environment of the application (medical vs. industrial). Several direct applications of laser diodes are discussed.
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Ralf Th. Kersten and Detlev Wolff "High-power laser diodes in material processing", Proc. SPIE 2682, Laser Diodes and Applications II, (12 April 1996);


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