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6th International Conference on Photonics

Milan, Italy

Manyalibo J Matthews

Manyalibo J Matthews

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Title: Understanding laser materials processing: the dichotomy between laser damage and laser machining


Biography: Manyalibo J Matthews


In the decades since the invention of the laser, new applications and discoveries in materials science have continued year after year as laser sources evolve and more areas of research exploit them. The transformation of materials using focused, high irradiance laser beams fundamentally involves multiple physical phenomena such as optical absorption, heat transport, structural mechanics and material phase transitions. For example, nonlinear absorption of nanosecond pulsed laser light can lead to a nano-scale thermal runaway effects and subsequent damage, which can be detrimental in the operation of high power laser systems. On the other hand, laser processing of materials often involves ablative removal of material or transformations which rely on efficient coupling of laser energy into a work piece. In both cases, understanding laser-material interactions is essential for the optimization of the high power optical system design. In this talk, we will present a few examples of high photon flux laser material processing, using both experiment and finite element modeling to understand energy deposition, heat transport and material transformation. Specifically, we will explore the conditions which bring about optical damage in ultraviolet Q-switched laser optics and compare these conditions to those used in typical microscale laser materials processing technologies. Among the laser processing techniques discussed, we will focus on microsecond-pulsed, resonant IR laser heating for laser micro-machining and metal powder bed additive manufacturing (3D printing). We will discuss how our results can be used to elucidate material behavior, optimize processing and develop new technologies based on laser modified materials.

Recent Publications

  1. C A R Chapman, L Wang, J Biener, E Seker, M M Biener, and M J Matthews (2016) Engineering on-chip nanoporous gold material libraries via precision photothermal treatment. Nanoscale. 8:785-795.
  1. M J Matthews, G Guss, S A Khairallah, A M Rubenchik, P J Depond and W E King (2016) Denudation of metal powder layers in laser powder bed fusion processes. Acta Materialia. 114:33-42.
  1. M J Matthews, S T Yang, N Shen, S Elhadj, R N Raman, G Guss, I L Bass, M C Nostrand and P J Wegner (2015) Micro-shaping, polishing, and damage repair of fused silica surfaces using focused infrared laser beams. Advanced Engineering Materials. 17:247-254.
  1. J H Yoo, J B In, I Sakellari, R N Raman, M J Matthews, S Elhadj, C Zheng and C Grigoropoulos (2015) Directed dewetting of amorphous silicon film by a donut-shaped laser pulse. Nanotechnology 26: 165303.
  1. M J Matthews (2015) Simulating laser-material interactions, Laser Focus World 51: 33-38.