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CO2 Laser Optics for High-Precision Laser Applications
Fast, precise, powerful: PLEIGER supplies CO2 laser optics for a variety of optical systems and instruments as well as for laser cutting, welding and marking with absolute precision. We develop, design and manufacture CO2 laser mirrors, CO2 laser lenses and complete CO2 laser systems for industrial or medical applications. Our design and manufacturing capabilities cover optics for CO2 lasers from a few watts to several kilowatts output power.
CO2 Laser Mirror
Our CO2 laser optics product range includes plano mirrors and spherical optics made of silicon, copper, silicon carbide and beryllium. Combined with our high-performance, low-absorption, gold-based coatings, we provide exactly the right CO2 laser mirrors with a wavelength of 10.6 μm for every application.
Our precision CO2 laser optics / total reflectors, for example, are used inside a laser resonator. They are also used outside the laser as deflection mirrors. Internal total reflectors are, for example, rear mirrors, output coupling mirrors or deflection mirrors. Total reflectors are front surface-coated optics for maximum reflectivity. In addition to CO2 laser optics, we also carry scanning mirrors for laser marking, plano mirrors for laser cutting and deflection mirrors for medical instruments.
Learn more about our CO2 laser optics and get advice on possible applications.
CO2 Laser Lens
Besides CO2 laser mirrors, we also manufacture lenses for laser cutting, marking and engraving. Our ZnSe lenses are manufactured according to customer specifications from high-quality material with the lowest absorption values. In combination with an anti-reflective coating, PLEIGER CO2 laser optics enable the focusing of a high-power CO2 laser with excellent precision.
High-power CO2 laser lenses:
- Standard AR (A < 0.20 %)
- Low-Absorption AR (A < 0.15 %)
CO2 Laser Mirror Types
Coated copper and silicon substrates are mainly used for the production of our CO2 laser mirrors. We manufacture high-quality reflectors, but we also use aluminium and beryllium. If a particularly high reflection is required, the use of dielectric mirrors is recommended. In certain wave ranges, we achieve reflectivity of up to 99,8% in CO2 laser optics through the dielectric coating. The material used for the production of CO2 laser mirrors depends on the desired application. Copper mirrors, for example, are the ideal choice when maximum laser power is required. Because copper has a very high thermal conductivity, CO2 laser optics made of copper can be used for demanding applications such as laser cutting or laser welding.
Silicon mirrors, on the other hand, are characterised by their high dynamic strength, which is why they are preferably used in scanning systems. In addition, these CO2 laser mirrors feature low material costs and are therefore highly economical.
Different coatings are available depending on the area of application:
- Protected Gold Broadband coating for low power applications only.
- Very hard coating for CO2 laser welding.
- PICO HR
- High-power coating for laser marking, cutting, drilling.
- PICO HR DB
- High-power coating with extended reflection for alignment lasers.
- PICO HR Resonator
- High-power coating optimized for CO2 laser resonators. High UV stability.
We manufacture CO2 laser optics from the following materials:
- Aluminium (AlMgSi1)
We produce the following shapes:
The laser damage threshold (LDT) or laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) is the limit at which an optic or material will be damaged by a laser. LIDT is affected by various parameters including laser wavelength, pulse duration, pulse repetition, frquency, spot size, temporal and spatial profile. Thus two standards have been developed for testing: ISO 11254-1 and 11254-2.
Peak-to-valley departure (PV) is entrenched in optics design and manufacture as a characterization of an optical figure. After removal of piston and tilt for flats and best fit sphere for spherical surfaces PV is specified as height difference between highest and lowest point from the nominal surface shape.
The clear aperture is defined as the part of an optics that must meet the given specifications for e.g. figure and coating. Outside the clear aperture the quality might fail the specifications.