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Ultrafast Laser Micromachining with Newport XYZ Motion System

Using a Newport motorized XYZ sub-system, combined with an ultrafast laser, allows for an edge comparable to using a high-throughput tool in micromachining.

With rapid advancements in ultrafast laser technology in recent years, optical waveguide writing in bulk glass using femtosecond pulsed lasers has emerged as a powerful micro-fabrication technique in both scientific and industrial markets.

A laser direct-writing technique led by researchers in the Industrial Environment Research Department at the University of Littoral Cote d’Opale in France, uses a Femtosecond pulsed laser and a Newport XYZ motion system to demonstrate increased process efficiency and higher quality of micro-fabrication results compared to conventional laser processing that employs either continuous wave (CW) or longer (> ns) pulsed lasers.

Newport XYZ

XYZ sub-assembly with XMS160 (XY) and GTS150 (Z).


To achieve the desired results on specific materials when performing laser micromachining, one must select suitable lasers based on features such as wavelength, repetition rate, average power and pulse duration.

Read the report here.