The present book covers the application technology of lasers, focusing more on the vast range of processes than on individual applications, in order to motivate and enable future innovations. The physical basics are presented in the first half of the book. The following examination of application categories and their processes is documented by experts from their practical points of view but always refers back to the underlying physical principles. In this way, readers are free to choose their own individual level of depth in understanding this globally relevant field of innovation.
Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe holds an M. A. in Physics from California State University (Fresno, 1977). After completion of his diploma and PhD in Physics (Darmstadt 1984) he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen, where he began working as head of the department "Laser Oriented Process Development." From 1988 to 1996 he served as managing director of Thyssen Laser Technik GmbH in Aachen. Since then he has been managing director of the Fraunhofer ILT and holds the University Chair for Laser Technology at the RWTH Aachen.
Preface.- Introduction.- Radiation at interfaces.- Absorption of Laser Radiation.- Energy Transport and Heat Conduction.- Thermo Mechanics.- Phase Transformations.- Melt Flow.- Laser Induced Vaporization.- Plasma Physics.- Laser Beam Sources.- Surface Treatment.- Forming.- Rapid Prototyping & Rapid Tooling.- Joining.- Ablation.- Drilling.- Cutting.- System Technology.- Laser Measurement Technology.- Appendix.- Subject index.