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Laser glass marking: influence of pulse characteristics
Author(s): Ana Rolo; João Coelho; Margarida Pires
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Paper Abstract

Laser glass marking is currently used in several glass materials for different purposes, such as bar codes for product tracking, brand logos or just decoration. Systems with a variety of different laser sources, with inherent power ranges, wavelengths and pulse regimes have been used, namely CO2, Nd:YAG, Excimer, Ti-Sapphire lasers. CO2 Lasers systems, although being a reliable tool for materials processing, and very compact in the case of sealed low power lasers, are usually associated with a localized thermal loading on the material, causing brittle materials like glass to crack around the irradiated area. In this experimental study a pulsed CO2 laser was used to direct marking the glass surface. The temporal characteristics of the laser pulse--pulse length, period and duty cycle were varied, and glass materials with different thermal properties were used in order to correlate the marking process--cracking or softening with or without material removal with the laser and material characteristics. Glass materials with major industrial application, such as soda-lima, borosilicate (PYREX) glasses and crystal have been investigated. Laser marked areas have been characterized in terms of surface optical properties, like diffuse and direct reflectance and transmittance for white light, directly related with marked surface quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5958, Lasers and Applications, 59583D (11 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628989
Show Author Affiliations
Ana Rolo, Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (Portugal)
João Coelho, Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (Portugal)
Margarida Pires, Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5958:
Lasers and Applications
Krzysztof M. Abramski; Antonio Lapucci; Edward F. Plinski, Editor(s)

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