Application of cooled spatial light modulator for high power nanosecond laser micromachining

Author(s): Rainer J. Beck, Jonathan P. Parry, William N. MacPherson, Andrew Waddie, Nick J. Weston, Jonathan D. Shephard, and Duncan P. Hand Abstract: “The application of a commercially available spatial light modulator (SLM) to control the spatial intensity distribution of a nanosecond pulsed laser for micromachining is described for the first time. Heat sinking is introduced to increase the average power handling capabilities of the SLM beyond recommended limits by the manufacturer. Complex intensity patterns are generated, using the Inverse Fourier Transform Algorithm, and example laser machining is demonstrated. The SLM enables both complex beam shaping and also beam steering.”…

Parallel photopolymerisation with complex light patterns generated by diffractive optical elements

Author(s): Lóránd Kelemen, Sándor Valkai, and Pál Ormos Abstract: “Photopolymerisation by scanning a focused laser beam is a powerful method to build structures of arbitrary complexity with submicrometer resolution. We introduce parallel photopolymerisation to enhance the efficiency. Instead of multidimensional scanning of a single focus, the structure is generated simultaneously with diffractive patterns. We used fixed diffractive optical elements (DOEs), kinoforms, and Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs). The possibilities of photopolymerisation using SLM were investigated: the added flexibility using the programmable device is demonstrated. By using these DOEs, straight and helical cross shaped columns were produced with a single scan at…