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Ultrashort Pulse Laser Micromachining Centre

Cutting edge research into industrial laser processing.

The Challenge

Our challenge: to study the interaction of high repetition rate, high average power, ultra-short pulse lasers with industrially relevant materials. In this way, we can optimise and illustrate the application of new laser sources in an emerging irradiance regime that has not previously been available commercially.

The Approach

Our approach: we have set up a novel, industrially capable, picosecond laser source with high precision beam delivery. This allows rapid processing of materials at high spatial resolution. This facility will be used to study the physics of the laser-material interaction at these irradiances and generate schemes for industrial laser processing.

The Impact

Our impact: this facility will act as a demonstration house for industrial partners and so impact the economy through sales of laser systems as well as the manufacturing industry through improved efficiencies, throughput and quality.

Start and expected completion date

1 May 2016 - 30 Apr 2019

 

Funding

The project is funded by an industrial sponsor and EPSRC.

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