Optical Modeling of Laser Ablation for Microstructure Fabrication

M C Gower
2013 Journal of Laser Micro/Nanoengineering  
From just an a priori knowledge of the optical parameters of a laser beam, the delivery system together with a substrate's material properties, a ray-tracing model capable of predicting the 3-D topology of micro/nanostructures machined by pulsed laser ablation has been developed. The model includes secondary illumination effects produced by the microstructure created by successive pulses (wall reflections, refraction, wave guiding, shadowing, etc.) as well as the complete optical properties of
more » ... he laser beam and delivery system. We have used material ablation by pulsed excimer lasers and associated beam delivery systems to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the model.
doi:10.2961/jlmn.2013.01.0012 fatcat:zwciz4jw6jcopmweatgntnacjm