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WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Which Industrial Cutting Method Is Right For You? Some applications require one specific type of cutting method and the other two methods are out of the question. This application note presents the process of each industrial cutting method, and comparisons between laser cutting, water jets, and mechanical cutting.  Continue Reading...
Intro To Laser Management: Laser Profiling 101
Intro To Laser Management: Laser Profiling 101 Traditionally, laser operators only verify a laser’s average power or energy to improve efficiency and, if everything is in order, put their laser back into service. This article discusses steps required to identify and use a camera profiling system (arrayed camera, attenuator, and beam dump) for laser management.  Continue Reading...
Reducing Production Waste With Laser Profiling And Characterization
Reducing Production Waste With Laser Profiling And Characterization A critical component in a laser manufacturing process is the understanding of which process parameters or key control characteristics must be measured and how they will relate to product quality and waste. A laser profiling system can be a great benefit for characterizing and identifying which variables affect product quality and waste minimization. Unfortunately, many companies realize this too late and incur more expenses and extended downtime ...  Continue Reading...
Project Overview And Passive Component Development: Integrated Disruptive Components For 2µm Fiber Lasers (ISLA) The ISLA project was a research and development project with the goal of developing “building block” components of compatible and self-consistent active and passive fibers, fused fiber couplers and combiners, fiber-coupled isolators, modulators and high power pump laser diodes. This project also intended to develop a CW, a pulsed and a short pulse laser demonstration laser for use in applications testing. This paper delivers an...  Continue Reading...
Developing Mid-IR Fused Fiber Couplers
Developing Mid-IR Fused Fiber Couplers Increasing use of fiber lasers and fused fiber technology for industrial, medical, and sensing applications has led to the development of fused fiber devices in all-fiber system architectures. This article demonstrates Gooch & Housego’s efforts developing single-mode fused couplers in a ZBLAN fiber in the mid-IR range.  Continue Reading...
Benefits Of Acousto-Optic Devices For Operation With 2mm Fiber Lasers Fiber lasers operating in the 2 µm region with a large mode area in an “eye safe” region of the spectrum are attractive to many applications such as laser machining and biomedical systems. Gooch & Housego has made recent developments in acousto-optic modulators and tunable filters that are specifically optimized for fiber systems operating at or around 2 µm. This article discusses the important consideration of the...  Continue Reading...
How To Chop Diode Laser Beams Electrically At High Speed With Low Noise It is often necessary to have an understanding of how to chop a laser beam. Chopping diode lasers electrically is actually less costly and much simpler than doing so mechanically. This white paper walks through the process of chopping a diode laser beam at high speeds and low noise.  Continue Reading...
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LASERS PRODUCTS & SERVICES

M<sup>2</sup> Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications M2 Laser Beam Propagation System for Continuous Use Applications

BeamSquared™ is a high accuracy M2 laser beam propagation system that measures beam quality to optimize performance in continuous use applications, from scientific research to rapid prototyping to fabrication and machining. A compact, portable device, the system provides automated measurements of the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers in under one minute. It is durable and operationally robust, ensuring reliable, high accuracy measurements of lasers. Users can run the system in automated mode from UV to NIR, and telecom wavelengths, and in manual mode for terahertz and CO2 laser beams. 

Laser Diode Accessories: LDP-CW Series Laser Diode Accessories: LDP-CW Series

LASER COMPONETS offers a number of different drive electronics for simple operation of all types of high power laser diodes. The LDP-CW series enables operation with a different power level and a pulse width of from CW to 1 μs. The combination of an HP laser diode and driver module is used in medical technology, process engineering and testing technology, material processing, and printing technology.

High Transmission colorPol® S Patterned Polarizers High Transmission colorPol® S Patterned Polarizers

Polarizers are used in a wide range of optical devices to filter or block polarized light for modulating or reducing brightness, analyzing light, polarizing light, and more. The colorPol® S is a nano-particle optical glass sheet polarizer designed with a unique capability to produce patterned polarizers with different spectral characteristics and different directions of polarization. They are capable of achieving high contrast and high transmission for the UV, VIS, NIR, and mid-IR ranges with a wide acceptance angle of ±20°.

5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead 5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead

The new 5 Axis Micro Drilling Scanhead is designed with high resolution, precision, and accuracy for applications requiring infinitely flexible scan beam pattern delivery. The scanhead features a wide precession angle up to 20° for variable taper and shapes.

Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm Pulsed Laser Diodes At 1550 nm

LASER COMPONENTS designs and produces pulsed laser diodes (PLDs) at 1550 nm with high power levels up to 50 W. This wavelength cannot be detected by common night-vision goggles, making the PLDs ideal for multi-junction pulsed laser diodes within military laser rangefinder and friend/foe identification applications.

Ultrafast FemtoFiber Lasers Ultrafast FemtoFiber Lasers

The new FemtoFiber laser systems from TOPTICA are completely fiber based lasers with a master oscillator and amplifier that are integrated with ultrafast laser technologies. These lasers include the FemtroFiber ultra, FemtoFiber pro, FemtoFiber smart series, as well as the FemtoFiber dichro, which are choice solutions for life science, time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, attosecond science, and other material processing applications.

Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation Helios Laser Power Meter For Industrial Automation

The Helios is a compact, precision laser power meter designed specifically for the measurement of high power lasers in industrial processing applications. It measures an array of high power solid state lasers such as diode, fiber, and YAG lasers with powers ranging from 100 W to 12 kW and energies ranging from 10 J to 10 kJ. This device operates by measuring the energy and exposure time of a short 0.1 to 10 second exposure of the laser, and then calculates the power.

Laser Sensors For High Power Lasers Without Water Cooling Laser Sensors For High Power Lasers Without Water Cooling

Ophir Photonics offers a series of thermal laser sensors designed for measuring high pulse laser energies without the need for large, water-cooled devices. The L40(150)A, L40(150)A-LP1, L50(150)A, and L30C-LP1-26-SH use short laser pulses of 0.1 to 1 second to make laser power measurements up to 8000 W or higher.

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LASER NEWS

  • Fluctuations In Optical “Noise” Used To Track Hidden Objects
    Fluctuations In Optical “Noise” Used To Track Hidden Objects

    A new remote sensing method devised by researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) using fluctuations in optical "noise" could one day complement existing technologies to track hidden objects, such as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).

  • Anti-Reflective Optical Coating Boosts World's Most Powerful Laser
    Anti-Reflective Optical Coating Boosts World's Most Powerful Laser

    Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have developed a new anti-reflective coating to protect laser optics, and a new chemical process that makes the optics more resistant to damage.

  • Cobolt TwistTM 457 nm: Now Up To 200 mW CW Single Frequency
    Cobolt TwistTM 457 nm: Now Up To 200 mW CW Single Frequency

    Cobolt AB, Swedish manufacturer of high performance lasers, announces the release of a higher power model of the Cobolt TwistTM 457 nm on the 05-01 Series platform. With up to 200 mW single-frequency CW output power, the Cobolt TwistTM is perfectly suited to demanding applications in holography, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence. The wavelength and optical properties makes it ideal as a replacement of bulkier Ar+ lasers.

  • Lockheed Martin Readies 60 kW Fiber Laser Weapon For U.S. Army
    Lockheed Martin Readies 60 kW Fiber Laser Weapon For U.S. Army

    Lockheed Martin says it is set to deliver a 60 kW fiber optic laser weapon to the U.S. Army, which intends to mount it atop tactical ground vehicles to neutralize enemy drones, rockets, and mortars.

  • X-Rays Create 3D Images Of A Microchip’s Interior
    X-Rays Create 3D Images Of A Microchip’s Interior

    It’s the first time a non-destructive method has clearly visualized the paths of a chip’s internal wiring (just 45 nanometres — 45 millionths of a millimetre — wide) and its 34-nanometre-high transistors without distortions or deformations.

  • Ultrafast Recording Of Microstructural Alteration By Femtosecond Lasers
    Ultrafast Recording Of Microstructural Alteration By Femtosecond Lasers

    Scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a scattered-light-based optical imaging technique to record, for the first time, the complete process by which a material's surface is transformed by laser beams to such extent that the materials exhibit new and useful properties. 

  • Researchers Produce First On-Chip Microwave Laser For Quantum Computers
    Researchers Produce First On-Chip Microwave Laser For Quantum Computers

    Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and its quantum research institute, QuTech, have demonstrated a first-of-its-kind on-chip microwave laser produced from a Josephson junction embedded in a superconducting microwave cavity.

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LASERS VIDEOS

  • Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency
    Product Video: Achieving Laser Beam Consistency

    This year at Photonics West, Dan Ford with the Ophir Photonics Group talked to us about the importance of achieving laser consistency.

  • Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications
    Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications

    Jeff Briton and Dragan Grubsic spoke to us about some of the challenges involved in operating pulsed laser diodes and avalanche photodiodes in LIDAR for the automotive and sensor markets.

  • Medical Eye Surgery
    Medical Eye Surgery

    In this video, Jimmy Green, an OEM Specialist, shares how Ophir Photonics assisted a lasik surgery company replace a plastic mode burn pre-test with an accurate laser measurement device.

  • Industrial Welding
    Industrial Welding

    This video describes how laser beam profiling with Ophir Photonics’ BeamGage showed why two different lasers running at the same power output produced different results.

  • Medical Device Quality Control
    Medical Device Quality Control

    In this video, Jimmy Green, an Ophir Photonics OEM Specialist, discusses an OEM solution provided to a customer that allowed for medical laser power development before and after procedures that ensured the proper outcomes.

  • Quality Control 4X Throughput
    Quality Control 4X Throughput

    In this video, Dick Reiley from Ophir Photonics shares how he provided a manufacturer a solution that allowed throughput to increase 4X by reducing the time required for quality inspection. This solution was specifically created for an application measuring laser diodes.

  • Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams
    Co-alignment Of Visible, NIR, And IR Laser Beams

    Eric Craven with Ophir Photonics provided us with a tutorial at DCS 2016 on how to co-align visible, near-infrared, and infrared laser beams through the use of a pyroelectric camera array coupled with beam profiling software.

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