Due to their advantages, solid-state lasers are widely used in a number of material processing technological processes. In addition, such features as non-invasive, selective, self-limiting and precise interaction contribute to many laser applications in medicine (surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology and dentistry) and art-work conservation. It is very important however to be able to remove specific layer of material while preserving adjacent ones. It requires in turn careful choice of laser radiation parameters such as fluency and interaction duration. According to few publications and own experience, microsecond laser pulses seem to meet these requirements [1,2].

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