Laser Processing of Materials

  • B. H. Kear
  • E. M. Breinan
  • E. R. Thompson
Part of the Sagamore Army Materials Research Conference Proceedings book series (SAMC, volume 25)


This paper presents an overview of developments, old and new, in the technology of laser processing of materials including transformation hardening and surface alloying, welding, cutting, drilling, rapid solidification processing, pulse annealing, shock hardening, laser assisted machining, and laser controlled surface reactions. Several current industrial applications are described. It is concluded that the unique capabilities of laser systems will lead to the realization of the laser as a commercially important materials processing tool.


Laser Weld Rapid Solidification Laser Processing Rapid Solidification Processing Laser Shock 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. H. Kear
    • 1
  • E. M. Breinan
    • 1
  • E. R. Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.United Technologies Research CenterEast HartfordUSA

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