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Authored by: Liang Dong , Bryce Samson

Fiber Lasers

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498725545
eBook ISBN: 9781315370521
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315370521-20

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Abstract

2015 was the Year of Light, designated by the United Nations to celebrate the role photonic technologies play in our daily lives. Our high-speed telecommunication infrastructure is based on optical communications. Solar energy is increasing its share of our overall energy mix and is becoming a dominating form of green energy. Photonic technologies play a major role in data storage and entertainment. Lasers are also becoming increasingly important tools in manufacturing, displacing traditional machining tools and bringing new capabilities, including machining at much higher precisions than allowed by traditional contact machining for potential new applications such as fuel injection nozzle manufacturing, fine-surface texturing for turbofan blades, miniature movable parts, and many other new possibilities that remain to be explored.

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