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FEL Applications - Metal Surface Processing

Chart showing Laser-Enhanced Wear Resistance

Free-electron lasers can be used for hardening, smoothing, texturing, and improving the corrosion resistance of metals. These applications have been demonstrated using conventional lasers, but for lack of suitable high-power, low-cost lasers, they have not yet been commercialized.

Ref.: Kelley, M. J.: An FEL for the Polymer Processing Industries. SPIE Int'l Society for Optical Eng., 1997, SPIE 2988 , pp. 240-244.