Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • Jessica Stelzl
  • Christine Wünsche
  • S. Höfer
Influencing factors for a continuous wave UV-laser component, pg. 114780C.
  • 2020

DOI: 10.1117/12.2564916

During the development of an optical system, one comes to the point where you have to build the optically active element into a mechanical device that becomes part of the system. At this point you come across the well-known question that it is not only necessary to consider and ensure the quality of the individual element. It is also important to look at the entire component in order to identify potential influencing factors on the performance of the optical system. At the beginning of a two-year project at Technologiecampus Teisnach the polishing process of a nonlinear crystal as the crucial component of the optical system was being explored. This system is designed to create continuous wave laser beams in the deep UV range. The crystal has to be embedded between two prisms. Roughness and shape of the crystal is ensured via the polishing process which alone has many influencing factors and was examined at the beginning of the project. The quality of the crystal can be as good as it can be, but if the contacting prisms do not fit, the whole prism-coupled device will become unusable in the overall optical laser system. The performance of the laser can only be achieved by harmonizing all elements of the PCD and the PCD itself into the laser set-up. In the current phase of the project this question will be dealt with. The prism-coupled device is split up into its individual parts, which are the nonlinear crystal, the prisms as optical auxiliary components, micro screws and mechanical support. Going through the requirements to the properties of the crystal and their limitations, the influence of the PCD on the optical performance of the crystal is presented. Here, the main focus is placed on the mode of fixing the crystal between the prisms and on putting the stack of crystal and prisms in the laser beam. The influencing factors between the crystal, the prisms and the method of fixing the PCD are described.
  • TC Teisnach Optik
  • Angewandte Naturwissenschaften und Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
  • NACHHALTIG
Beitrag (Sammelband oder Tagungsband)
  • Jessica Stelzl
  • Christine Wünsche
  • S. Höfer
Processing of a new nonlinear optical crystal for continuous wave UV-laser applications, pg. 111710H1-111710H4.
  • 2019

DOI: 10.1117/12.2528140

Lasers have been known for a long time and are used in a wide variety of fields such as industrial and material processing or measuring and control technology. A new application is being tested which aims to use continuous wave UV-lasers in metrology. For this application a nonlinear optical crystal is needed. Its processing is developed in a two-year project at the Institute for Precision Manufacturing and High-Frequency Technology of Deggendorf Institute of Technology. The crucial factor for the full optical performance in the UV range is the low roughness of the crystal surface, as it is installed between two prisms and the contactability between them should be ensured. In China, a nonlinear crystal that meets the requirements has already been designed and a production process for the raw crystal has been established. However, since the production of optically homogenous crystals has proven to be difficult, the availability of such is very limited. For this reason, a reference material with similar hardness and material behaviour is used in the process development in order not to be limited in the number of trials. It is important to be able to transfer the results from the reference material in an analogous way to the original crystal. One challenge of the project lies in the crystal thickness, since only a maximum thickness of three millimetres can be achieved for the purest form of the crystal required in the application. Therefore, it is important to handle the material sparingly during the process. In addition, the small dimensions of about ten to five millimetres and the brittleness of the material pose a problem. The goal of the project will be to develop a process that can circumvent all these problems so that small roughness of the crystal can be achieved by precision polishing.
  • TC Teisnach Optik
  • Angewandte Naturwissenschaften und Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
  • NACHHALTIG