10 November 2003 COIL fiber transmission for material-cutting applications
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Proceedings Volume 5120, XIV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers; (2003) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.515573
Event: XIV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 2002, Wroclow, Poland
Abstract
The 10kW-class Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) device of DLR1 was used for demonstration of efficient power coupling into a commercial fiber optic system (HIGHYAG, Berlin) modified for 1.315 μm radiation. Transmission investigations were performed with different intra-cavity apertures of the stable COIL resonator to match the out-coupled laser beam to the fiber optic system. The transmitted power through the 20 m long fiber with core diameter of 1000 μm exceeded 6 kW during a typical 8 s test run of the laser. The highest transmitted power amounts to 11 kW, the highest value reported in literature. The transmission ratio was above 90%. Samples of metal and non-metal materials were cut by using nitrogen as processing gas. The materials were selected with regard to their application in the contaminated area of nuclear power plants. The results of the cutting experiments were used in theoretical models2,3 for extrapolation of the cutting data. Scaling studies were performed to estimate achievable cutting depth with COIL systems of higher laser power.
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Karin Gruenewald, Karin Gruenewald, Juergen Handke, Juergen Handke, Wolfgang O. Schall, Wolfgang O. Schall, Frank Duschek, Frank Duschek, "COIL fiber transmission for material-cutting applications", Proc. SPIE 5120, XIV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, (10 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515573; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.515573
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