Fused Silica for Material Processing & Industrial Applications

Applications

Laser Material Processing

Lasers have been used in a growing number of industrial applications for decades. While a CO2 laser was the standard for a long time, the need for free space optics and the limited spectral range were significant drawbacks that gave rise to other laser types, such as diode and fiber lasers.

The prime advantage of these lasers is their compactness and their availability of different wavelengths. Contrary to CO2 lasers, light of a shorter wavelength can be delivered to the working area using optical fused silica fibers. The focusing optics are made of fused silica as well.

Fused silica is the material of choice due to its low absorption (low loss) and high laser damage threshold enabling new applications like surface cleaning, structuring or even 3D printing. Heraeus offers a wide range of products tailored to the different applications.

Laser Pumping

Laser Flash Lamps

Arc and flash lamps

For laser-source applications, laser beams are generated by pumping energy into a laser medium. There are several methods of pumping, but if special lamps are used the basic options are cw-laser lamps (continuous wave) or DC pulsed flash lamps.

Depending on which laser medium is to be excited and which lamp type is used, Heraeus offers a wide range of tailor-made solutions, e.g. undoped quartz glass (Synthetic fused quartz (SFQ) - Suprasil 130, Clear fused quartz (CFQ) - HLQ210, Heralux plus) or doped quartz glass (Titanium doped quartz (TDQ) - M235 plus, Cerium doped quartz (CDQ) - M382 plus). Common to all types of quartz glass are the consistently high levels of efficiency and stability - even with short and intense pulse rates and long lifetimes requirements.

Pulsed flash lamps are being used more and more often, even in non-laser applications, e.g. medical or cosmetic applications as IPL (Intense Pulse Lamps) , or for sun simulation or semiconductor processing.

More information about tubes for lamp manufacturing

Fiber Optic Lasers

Fiber lasers

Laser fibers and fiber optic laser systems are a growing market for material processing or medical laser. Many of these active fibers consist of an active core and a pump cladding. Depending on the power level and application this pump cladding consists of undoped fused silica and a fluorine containing polymer or a combination of undoped and highly fluorine doped silica to guide the pump light in high power lasers.

The pump efficiency can even be increased by a non-round shape of the pump cladding. We offer tubes with a round or shaped geometry for these applications and, if required, a highly fluorine containing fused silica cladding tailored for the different applications.

More information about laser fibers products

Curing & Coating Processing

UV and IR industrial processes have long been established routes in the industry. High purity quartz glass is one of the key materials in the manufacture of related equipment, tools and modules. Its use translates to higher performing systems, and for end users – a lower cost of ownership (efficiency).

UV Curing

Since its inception 50 years ago, UV curing has been established prominently in industry processes – across various applications like printing, coating, and finishing steps. The UV curing process uses UV light to create a crosslink of polymers by a photochemical reaction. Even if UV LEDs are used to generate UV light, especially in new systems, there are still a wide range of applications that use the high power of conventional UV lamps, e.g. medium pressure or metal halide lamps.

The Heraeus quartz glass fusion process is ideally designed to enable high-purity quartz tubes with excellent thermal stability to produce high-performance UV lamps, even when the lamps are operated at the lamp limit. To further the potential and efficiency of UV, the light can be guided to areas that are normally difficult to reach. It is possible to optimally target UV activations through customized UV fiber bundles (synthetic quartz glass).

Heraeus Noblelight

IR Coating

Industrial heating processes are used in manufacturing of many products and have become an indispensable part of modern production processes. This value is brought to many processes – drying or curing coatings, molding joining or general thermal treatment.

Reliable, fast and powerful infrared emitters can only be designed with high-quality quartz glass, e.g. Heraeus quartz glass HLQ200 .

More information about infrared emitters and systems for industrial heat processes

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