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MPB Communications

MPB Communications
Head Office
147 Hymus Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec H9R 1E9
Canada

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Company Description

MPB Communications Inc. is a leading supplier of innovative, high-performance fiber laser and fiber amplifier systems. MPBC’s Telecommunication products include booster amplifiers, low noise preamplifiers and patented Raman amplification solutions adopted by system integrators world-wide to increase the reach and performance of their optical networks.

MPBC’s visible fiber lasers, modelocked and pulsed fiber lasers, and high-power single frequency Raman fiber amplifiers are based on our telecom Raman fiber amplifier technology offering our customers unsurpassed flexibility, stability and reliability.

MPBC maintains its technological leadership through an on-going R&D commitment investing  20% of revenues into research and development. The company has been recognized with numerous awards including the Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award, Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis Award, and three Canada Awards for Business Excellence. Incorporated in 1976, all of MPBCs R&D and manufacturing are conducted in Canada.

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Products

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blue lasers Eblue lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC offers continuous wave blue fiber lasers with 300 mW at 465 nm or 200–500 mW at 488 nm in rack-mountable 2RU boxes with a 2-meter stainless steel conduit, allowing for easy integration into OEM or rack mount systems. A 1-mW 488-nm system is also available as part of our 2RU-VFL-P-488/515 Duet series. Fiber coupling options are also available.

Exceptional performance is achieved based on the all-fiber architecture, which inherently ensures a narrow linewidth, diffraction-limited linearly polarized output with unprecedented wavelength stability.

MPBC is at the forefront of CW visible fiber laser development, enjoying a close collaborative relationships with researchers world-wide developing lasers targeted at their applications.

erbium-doped fiber amplifiers Eerbium-doped fiber amplifiers from MPB Communications

In 1995, MPB Communications provided their first generation of high-power boosters and quantum-limited noise-figure EDFAs for long-haul, unrepeatered telecom systems.

Today, our EDFA technology can be found in our line of network-ready telecom solutions, as well as in our extensive portfolio of gain modules – which includes ultra-compact amplets with low noise, high gain and low power consumption, but also full-size high power, low noise EDFAs.

High reliability combined with the ease of customization to fit client specific requirements make MPBC EDFAs the ideal choice for your demanding application.

femtosecond lasers Efemtosecond lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC offers an all-fiber mode-locked femtosecond laser with a center wavelength of 1030 nm, an average output power of 10 mW, repetition rate of 25 MHz and pulse duration of 600 fs. Also, we have high-power mode-locked femtosecond fiber lasers which operate at 920 nm or 1190 nm – traditionally covered by ultrafast Ti:sapphire lasers and optical parameteric oscillators. They generate linearly polarized nearly transformed-limited pulses with a pulse duration of 200 fs, at a repetition rate of 80 MHz, and an average power of 1 W.

fiber amplifiers Efiber amplifiers from MPB Communications

In 1995, MPB Communications provided its first generation of high-power boosters and quantum-limited noise-figure EDFAs for long-haul, unrepeatered telecom systems. MPBC amplification solutions have been adopted by system integrators in the terrestrial, submarine and utilities markets and continue to offer exceptional reliability which power communication backbones worldwide.

Today, our fiber amplifier technology can be found in our line of network-ready telecom solutions, as well as in our extensive portfolio of gain modules, and in our single-frequency Raman fiber amplifiers.

fiber lasers Efiber lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC’s fiber laser product line has grown out of its highly reliable telecom Raman fiber lasers, which have been deployed for 25+ years in telecom fiber optic systems. Exceptional performance is achieved based on an all-fiber architecture, which draws on MPBC’s telecom design practices. The all-fiber laser design eliminates the need for alignment, as no bulk components are used. It provides unprecedented wavelength and output power stability and ensures a diffraction-limited linearly polarized output.

MPBC's fiber laser product line includes CW visible to near-IR lasers, pulsed fiber lasers (with femto-, pico- and nanosecond pulse durations), and high-power single-frequency fiber lasers.

green lasers Egreen lasers from MPB Communications

Our green fiber lasers are available with emission wavelengths from 514 nm to 560 nm with output powers ranging from 200 mW to 5 W. For users requiring more flexibility, MPBC’s 2RU-VFL-P-488/515 Duet series is the ultimate choice offering 488 nm and 515 nm outputs in a compact cost-efficient package.

The lasers are air-cooled and available in either an OEM compact package or a 2RU rack-mountable package with an integrated power supply. They are controlled through a user-friendly graphical user interface for ease of setup and operation. MPBC's fiber lasers are renowned for their beam quality (M2 < 1.1), high reliability (with lasers in the field accumulating plus 50,000 hours) and unsurpassed wavelength and power stability.

Applications of our green lasers include microscopy, genomics, holography, optogenomics, DNA/RNA etc.

high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers Ehigh-power fiber lasers and amplifiers from MPB Communications

MPBC has high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers in both their telecommunications and laser product lines.

For telecom, MPBC offers a series 2RU Boosters that provide up to 30 dBm of output power.

In the fiber laser line, high power can be found in their continuous wave near-IR lasers, available at up to 50 W in an air-cooled package, and 50 W to >100 W in a water-cooled package; and in the single-frequency Raman fiber amplifiers and lasers line, which provide low phase and intensity noise, narrow spectral linewidths and long coherence lengths. The Raman fiber amplifier system can amplify single-frequency seed sources from milliwatts to several watts in the NIR, which can then be frequency-doubled to provide stable, narrow linewidth, low noise visible output.

laser cooling and trapping systems Elaser cooling and trapping systems from MPB Communications

The ability to cool, manipulate and trap atoms using laser light has allowed a new, rapidly expanding field to emerge. Research is focusing on improving existing cooling techniques for applications ranging from atomic clocks, trapping Rydberg ions, studies of quantum degeneracy, spectroscopy, atomic interferometers, optics, lithography, and gravitational measurements. MPBC has provided high power single-frequency NIR Raman fiber amplifiers and up to 4 watts with visible Raman fiber amplifiers to leading research laboratories worldwide which target wavelengths previously unavailable. The flexibility of our technology allows us to develop sources with novel emission wavelengths for use in atomic physics research applications, where the need for both the preservation of single longitudinal mode and higher output power is a must.

laser guide stars Elaser guide stars from MPB Communications

MPBC is part of the “GuideStar Alliance,” contributing the Raman fiber amplifier and fiber laser pumps to the most powerful fiber laser guide star systems used in astronomy.

The Raman fiber amplifier technology was first developed and patented by the European Southern Observatory. MPB Communications Inc. licensed the technology, and have collaborated to develop reliable, maintenance-free, ruggedized systems installed at ESO’s 4 Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF) in Paranal, Chile; KECK, Gemini North, and Subaru Observatories in Mauna Kea, Hawai’i; Gemini South in Cerro Pachón, Chile.

We have an expanded single-frequency amplification portfolio, and are able to offer virtually any wavelength where silica-based fibers are transparent, supporting novel applications for the scientific and commercial research community.

mode-locked fiber lasers Emode-locked fiber lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC's high-power mode-locked femtosecond fiber lasers operate in the 920-nm, 1140-nm and 1190-nm spectral region – which is traditionally covered by ultrafast Ti:sapphire lasers and optical parametric oscillators. They generate linearly polarized nearly transformed-limited pulses with a pulse duration of 200 fs, at a repetition rate of 80 MHz and an average power of 1 W. Compact and maintenance-free, the lasers are fiber-based, have a very good beam profile, and do not require optical alignment.

MPBC’s mode-locked picosecond fiber lasers operate in the 1-µm or the 1.5-µm regime. Based on an all-fiber design, the MLFL is highly reliable (10,000 hrs) and maintenance-free. Laser emission wavelength, repetition rate, pulse width and output power can be customized to meet specific customer requirements with average output powers of up to 3000 mW, depending upon the configuration. To ensure an environmentally-stable linearly-polarized output and turnkey self-start operation, all components are made of polarization-maintaining fiber.

nanosecond lasers Enanosecond lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC’s line of nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers have been designed to give users flexibility in their application refinement. With user-selectable pulse widths and repetition rates, these lasers put more options into the hands of the users than traditional lasers with fixed parameters. In addition, the ability to externally trigger pulses on some of the models make these lasers an extremely flexible tool. Based on an all-fiber laser cavity design and offering excellent beam quality and wall plug efficiency, these compact air-cooled lasers are an ideal choice for your application.

narrow-linewidth lasers E

MPBC’s series of blue, green, yellow and orange, and red visible fiber lasers provides TEM00 mode output with low RIN. They are utilized world-wide in applications such as high resolution microscopy, genomics, cytometry, etc. MPBC’s fiber laser technology is so flexible that we are able to offer our customers virtually any wavelength between 460 nm (920 nm) to 790 nm (1580 nm). By employing our own fiber Bragg gratings to lock the laser wavelength, we can produce in a very short turn-around time specific wavelengths addressing specific requirements.

optical fiber communication systems and devices Eoptical fiber communication systems and devices from MPB Communications

MPBC line of optical fiber communications systems offers system-ready amplification solutions to extend the reach of networks without the use of repeaters, and provide OSNR improvement to upgrade system capacity.

MPBC’s VERSA2 (a small 1U system allowing for a mix of wavelength conversion, amplification, and dispersion compensation), 2RU, and 1RU series include amplification, wavelength conversion, and network management systems. MPBC’s patented Super Raman technology, based on third-order pumping techniques, is recognized throughout the industry as a key enabling technology which provides of the order of a 30% performance improvement over conventional Raman pumping.

With a history of deployments worldwide dating back to the early 1990’s, in conjunction with a multitude of terminal equipment suppliers, the company maintains its leadership position in this field.

picosecond lasers Epicosecond lasers from MPB Communications

Based on an all-fiber design, MPBC’s picosecond mode-locked fiber lasers are highly reliable (10,000 hrs) and maintenance-free. Customized specifications are available for emission wavelengths from 1020 to 1100 nm and pulse durations of 2 to 50 ps. Average output power varies from 2 to 3000 mW, depending on the configuration. These lasers are designed to address a range of market applications including semiconductor inspection, micro-machining, metrology, multi-photon spectroscopy, and can be used as a seed source for optical amplifiers, and second harmonic generation.

pulsed lasers Epulsed lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC’s line of pulsed fiber lasers are designed to address a range of market applications including medical and bio-medical research, semiconductor inspection, micro-machining, metrology, and multi-photon spectroscopy.

Products include:

- High-power mode-locked femtosecond fiber lasers which operate at 920 nm or 1190 nm. They generate linearly polarized nearly transformed-limited pulses with a pulse duration of 200 fs, at a repetition rate of 80 MHz, and an average power of 1 W.

- Mode-locked picosecond fiber lasers operate in the 1-µm or the 1.5-µm regime.

- Nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers, with user-selectable repetition rates, are also based on an all-fiber laser cavity, offering excellent beam quality and wall plug efficiency.

Raman amplifiers ERaman amplifiers from MPB Communications

MPBC’s Raman amplifiers are present in both our telecommunications and laser product lines.

In telecommunications, our 2RU product line features distributed Raman and patented Super Raman pumps with the best effective sensitivity improvement in the industry.

In lasers, we have Raman fiber amplifier systems capable of amplifying a narrow-band, linearly-polarized NIR input signal with negligible spectral broadening. NIR output powers up to 15 W at wavelengths between 1030 nm and 1370 nm can be achieved in our standard air-cooled enclosure, with higher powers available with our water-cooled enclosure. We also offer the option of converting the amplified NIR signal into the visible region using our second harmonic generator.

red lasers Ered lasers from MPB Communications

Red fiber lasers were the earliest models developed for the cutting-edge microscopy platforms built in the laboratories of Dr. Stefan Hell, and flow cytometry platforms tested in the lab of Dr. William Telford of the Core Flow Cytometry Facility at N.I.H. where beam quality, reliability, and stability continue to be of the utmost importance.

Wavelengths from 620 nm to 775 nm are available in either an OEM compact package, and/or a 2RU rack mountable package with integrated power supply and are equiped with a user-friendly graphical user interface for ease of setup and operation. MPB offers an optional fiber coupling service which provides the user up to 1 watt out of the fiber.

Applications where MPBC red lasers are used include microscopy, genomics, optogenetics, DNA/RNA sequencing etc.

single-frequency lasers Esingle-frequency lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC single-frequency fiber lasers are sources of single-frequency polarized light offering low phase and intensity noise, narrow spectral linewidth and long coherence length. They are comprised of a single-frequency near-infrared Yb-doped fiber laser with a single-mode narrow-band output and electronics which provide temperature stabilization as well as active stabilization of the laser output power. Available in the NIR at 1028 and 1064 nm with output power up to 10 W, or in the visible at 514 nm and 532 nm with 200, 500 or 1000 mW of output power.

ultrafast lasers Eultrafast lasers from MPB Communications

MPBC offers an all-fiber mode-locked femtosecond laser with a center wavelength of 1030 nm, an average output power of 10 mW, repetition rate of 25 MHz and pulse duration of 600 fs. Also, we have high-power mode-locked femtosecond fiber lasers which operate at 920 nm or 1190 nm – traditionally covered by ultrafast Ti:sapphire lasers and optical parameteric oscillators. They generate linearly polarized nearly transformed-limited pulses with a pulse duration of 200 fs, at a repetition rate of 80 MHz, and an average power of 1 W.

yellow and orange lasers Eyellow and orange lasers from MPB Communications

The earliest models of yellow and orange fiber lasers were first developed for Dr. Vladislav Verkhusha of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2006. Upon seeing these first lasers, Nobel Laurate Dr. Stefan Hell approached MPBC with a request to increase output powers to over 1 watt whilst ensuring excellent beam quality, reliability, and stability. MPBC delivered then, and continue to deliver today with over 5000 lasers shipped since.

Our design flexibility is such that we can offer literally any wavelength in the yellow-orange spectrum from 568 nm (1136 nm) to 616 nm (1232 nm), with output powers from 200 mW to 3 W. The lasers are air-cooled, available in either an OEM compact package, and/or a 2RU rack-mountable package with integrated power supply and are shipped with a user-friendly graphical user interface for ease of set up and operation. MPB offers an optional fiber coupling service which provides the user up to 1 watt out of the fiber.