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Question CW vs. Pulsed

what is better cw or pulsed laser for measuring thermal properties?


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Old 06-30-2010, 04:10 AM #2
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Default Re: CW vs. Pulsed

Found this article by Arthur H. Guenthera and John K. Mciverb
So based on this, I'd say CW is better. (less damaging)


Pulsed-laser-induced damage of optical thin films is, in general, initiated by the absorption of laser radiation by imperfections in the films or at interfaces between film layers and/or the substrate. A heat flow analysis of this process stresses the importance that the thermal conductivity of both the thin film host and the substrate play in establishing the laser-induced damage threshold. Unfortunately, recent work which will be reviewed in this presentation indicates that the thermal conductivity of thin films can be several orders of magnitude lower than that of a corresponding material in bulk form as a consequence of the film structure which results principally from the deposition process. The importance of thermal conductivity will be related to parameters such as absorption mechanisms, film materials, composition and other variables. Its implication for the ultimate optical strength of materials and the direction in which thin film research and processing should proceed will be highlighted.
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Default Re: CW vs. Pulsed

What thermal properties do you want to measure? I don't understand the question.

Assuming you're talking about laser diodes, running pulsed is "easier" on a laser. Pulsing a laser diode, it is easier to achieve lasing, the laser runs more efficiently, and is less susceptible to thermal damage.

If you're talking about pulsing DPSS or other kinds of lasers, then there are other discussion to be had.
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