• Ian W. Boyd
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 3)


This introductory chapter is aimed at providing the reader with the background as to why laser processing has attracted so much attention throughout the world in recent years. After a brief summary of the history of the field in relation to the more traditional industrial applications of lasers in cutting, drilling and welding, the special advantages afforded by laser processing are discussed. Here, the unique properties of lasers are introduced, and extended to show how special new processing conditions can be achieved. In this respect, several areas of potential application of these new processing procedures, particularly in microfabrication technology, are introduced,


Laser Beam Laser Welding Laser Processing Laser Annealing Introductory Chapter 
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  • Ian W. Boyd
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  1. 1.Department of Electronic and Electrical EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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