A Study on the Output Stabilization of the Nd:YAG Laser by the Monitoring of Capacitor Charging Voltage

  • Noh, Ki-Kyong (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Pusan national University) ;
  • Song, Kum-Young (Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Company) ;
  • Park, Jin-Young (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Pusan national University) ;
  • Hong, Jung-Hwan (Technical Research Institute of MEDIMIR Inc) ;
  • Park, Sung-Joon (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Pusan national University) ;
  • Kim, Hee-Je (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Pusan national University)
  • Published : 2004.06.01

Abstract

The Nd: YAG laser is commonly used throughout many fields such as accurate material processing, IC marking, semiconductor annealing, medical operation devices, etc., due to the fact that it has good thermal and mechanical properties and is easy to maintain. In materials processing, it is essential to vary the laser power density for specific materials. The laser power density can be mainly controlled by the current pulse width and pulse repetition rate. It is important to control the laser energy in those fields using a pulsed laser. In this paper we propose the constant-frequency current resonant half-bridge converter and monitoring of capacitor charging voltage. This laser power supply is designed and fabricated to have less switching loss, compact size, isolation with primary and secondary transformers, and detection of capacitor charging voltage. Also, the output stabilization characteristics of this Nd: YAG laser system are investigated. The test results are described as a function of laser output energy and flashlamp arc discharging constant. At the energy storage capacitor charges constant voltage, the laser output power is 2.3% error range in 600[V].

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