The biggest use of lasers is in materials processing. In manufacturing, lasers are used for cutting, drilling, marking and other machining processes. Similarly, lasers are important in microfabrication processes such as photolithography, direct laser writing, or ablation. Lasers are advantageous because they do not wear out, have no physical contact with the processed material, avoid heating or warping effects, and are generally more precise. Since lasers are easier to adapt to different optimized shapes, they can be even more precise and energy efficient for materials processing. The cost and complexity of typical laser shaping techniques, however, prevent its wide use. Hence, to benefit from laser shaping, we design energy efficient light shapers based on the Generalized Phase Contrast method (GPC) [1,2]. GPC efficiently shapes incident laser illumination into arbitrary lateral beam profiles with steep, well defined edges that would further increase laser cutting precision or allow “single shot” laser engraving of arbitrary 2D profiles, as opposed to point scanning [3,4]. Instead of lossy approaches, GPC beam shaping is achieved with simplified, binary phase-only optics  that redistributes the available photons into the desired output shape, removing upto ~66% from typical power requirements due to a threefold intensity gain. Furthermore, upto ~93% of losses from typical amplitude masking is consistently reclaimed.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||15th International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication - Vilnius, Lithuania|
Duration: 17 Jun 2014 → 20 Jun 2014
|Conference||15th International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication|
|Period||17/06/2014 → 20/06/2014|