Ablation rate characteristics (etch rates) are presented for micro-machining of polyimide (kapton) and PETG using a frequency doubled Copper Vapor Laser (uv-CVL) at 255 nm and a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF (4*Nd:YLF) laser at 261 nm. A comparison is made of the etch rates obtained by continuous ablation at 4.25 kHz with the uv-CVL with rates obtained for bursts of pulses with 2 second intervals between bursts. These results suggest that the observed decrease in ablation depth per pulse after a number of pulses for fluences above 0.6 J/cm2 is due to attenuation of succeeding laser pulses by the plume of previously-ejected material. Preliminary results of the effect of sample temperature on ablation rates are also presented.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- Copper vapour laser
- Nd:YLF laser
- Polymer ablation