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Modular Diode Lasers Stack Up as Quality Beam Tools

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While this modular approach to high-power diode technology can limit beam quality, it can offer many advantages in applications such as welding and surface treatment.

Dr. Friedrich Bachmann

Diode lasers with total power ranging from several hundred watts to more than a kilowatt began to play an important role in materials processing applications in the mid-1990s. The German government recognized that diode lasers could revolutionize that market and, in 1997, launched a national project called Modular Diode Laser Beam Tools. This endeavor's goal was to improve high-power semiconductor laser elements. The project investigated mounting, cooling and beam-forming technologies and their integration into high-power diode laser systems for industrial applications, such as welding,...Read full article

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