Laser Technology

 

A laser is a unique tool. After Albert Einstein had described its theoretical principle in 1916, it took almost half a decade until the first working laser was produced in 1960.

Since then, laser light in its multiple variations has conquered numerous application areas. In many cases, the laser has enabled new technologies and products. Using a laser means utilizing light as a highly effective tool. Different from conventional light sources, laser light usually is very brilliant, monochromatic and directed. Most important - it can be very intense while it is well controllable. These properties allow using laser light for material processing purposes.

Almost everything is possible

Laser light can cut and weld metals in an extremely well controlled manner, or it drills holes precisely. Using a laser, material can be ablated or generated. Microscopic structures can be produced. The range of materials that can be processed is almost unlimited - it includes steel, non-ferrous metals, ceramics, plastics, glass, diamond, semiconductors, compound materials and many others.

As laser light sources and related optical components are permanently improved, novel application areas are continuously generated. At the same time, lasers become more efficient and reliable while costs decrease. As a consequence, laser technology can move into application areas which have been dominated by conventional technologies so far.

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