Characteristics of Laser Beams for Machining

  • I. J. Spalding
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 84)


Important requirements for lasers which are used for industrial machining include:
  1. i.

    Sufficient power available at the work (cw or pulsed).

  2. ii.

    Controlled focal intensity profile (hence well-characterised spatial-mode).

  3. iii.

    Reproducibility (of power, mode, polarisation, pointing-stability etc).

  4. iv.

    Reliability (long interval between services).

  5. v.

    Capital and running costs which are economic for the application.



Laser Beam Gaussian Beam Round Trip Phase Front Diffraction Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. J. Spalding
    • 1
  1. 1.UKAEA Culham LaboratoryAbingdon, OxonUK

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