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2022-06-24 from NKT Photonics:

NKT Photonics Joins Laser Application Business of Hamamatsu Photonics Group

Recently, NKT Photonics has conducted a strategic review to identify the best way to further grow and strengthen the company with the view to increase market reach and to further develop our industry leading solutions. Today, we are very happy to announce that we will become part of Hamamatsu Photonics, one of the oldest and most respected photonics companies in the world.

Founded in Japan in 1953, Hamamatsu Photonics today has more than 5300 employees worldwide and an annual revenue close to 1.2 billion EUR. Hamamatsu Photonics specialize in optical sensors, electric light sources, and other optical devices and instruments for scientific, technical, and medical use.

“At NKT Photonics, we are all excited and honoured to become part of Hamamatsu Photonics, one of the most respected global companies in our industry. We share common goals and a vision of providing the best solutions to our customers and innovators. Together and with our complementary technology platforms, we will be stronger than ever,” says Basil Garabet, CEO NKT Photonics.

With over two decades of experience and a leading market position within photonic crystal fibers and advanced fiber lasers, NKT Photonics is a great match for Hamamatsu Photonics’ renowned detector and light-source portfolio.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome NKT Photonics to Hamamatsu Photonics. The integration of our two companies allows us to enlarge our portfolio of solutions for use in for example the industrial, scientific, and health care sector. NKT Photonics will constitute our dedicated fiber and laser division, an area where we see significant growth potential,” says Akira Hiruma, CEO Hamamatsu Photonics.

NKT Photonics will continue as a subsidiary with responsibility for fiber and laser development and manufacturing within Hamamatsu Photonics group. Our product portfolio will remain unchanged, and so will our name and branding in the coming period to ensure continuity for our customers, suppliers, and business partners.

The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval which is expected to take place by the end of March 2023.

For questions regarding the transaction, please contact NKT Photonics CEO Basil Garabet at +4543483900.

2022-06-16 from Stuttgart Instruments:

Stuttgart Instruments GmbH receives PRISM AWARD at Photonics West 2022 in San Francisco

The Stuttgart-based company SI Stuttgart Instruments GmbH received the coveted PRISM AWARD in the "SCIENTIFIC LASERS" category at Photonics West 2022, the most important trade fair for optical technologies in San Francisco. Described as the Oscar of the photonics industry, it is the highest award given in the photonics and laser industry. The award is given to the modular and broadly tunable SI Alpha laser system, which stands up to the systems of the worldwide competition. The Stuttgart Instruments Alpha is a very precise infrared light source that can be used for hyperspectral imaging, for example. It can be used to "illuminate" individual areas selectively and simultaneously quickly over a broad spectrum and thus make them visible.

Corresponding laser systems are used in research to address the global challenges of the future, for example in medicine and health, the energy transition and climate protection, and mobility. By observing at the nanoscale with high-precision laser systems, significant progress can be made in understanding nanomaterials and their physical properties. This knowledge, in turn, is needed to further develop materials and processes in such a way that we can apply new technologies, for example in quantum research or even battery development, or understand and prevent previously incurable neurodegenerative diseases.

SI Stuttgart Instruments GmbH is a high-tech company from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, specializing in high-performance infrared lasers for spectral and imaging applications in scientific research. SI Stuttgart Instruments GmbH was formed at the end of 2017 as a spin-off from researchers at the University of Stuttgart. The systems are already in use worldwide and have enabled numerous new scientific pioneering works in the process.

2022-06-15 from RPMC Lasers:

RPMC Lasers Announces Revamped Knowledge Center

RPMC Lasers has recently completed a major update to their Knowledge Center, including an overhaul of their Lasers 101 Selection Guide and the addition of both 'FAQ' and 'Press Releases' pages. Through their Knowledge Center, RPMC provides their customers, and the laser community as a whole, with the resources necessary to choose which laser technology is best suited for their application.

RPMC's Knowledge Center has well-established 'Blogs' and 'Whitepapers' sections, with hundreds of articles covering everything from improving diode lifetime to optical alignment tips to application-specific laser source requirements. With the addition of the FAQ page, they hope to improve the user experience by quickly answering some of the more common questions, so one can be as informed as possible while in the research phase. Finally, the new Press Releases page compiles all major company announcements, from exclusive agreements to tradeshow exhibitions to significant website updates.

The Lasers 101 Selection Guide begins with defining solid-state lasers and the various sub-types and explaining the critical parameters involved. Finally, we provide a section dedicated to helping you choose the best laser, considering the principal characteristics by laser type, including wavelengths, beam and optical parameters, integration levels, and more.

For over 25 years, RPMC has worked extensively with various laser scientists & engineers and other industry professionals needing a laser source. This experience has provided their team with a wealth of knowledge about which laser parameters are important and matching the right laser to the application.

In addition to their experienced staff, who are more than happy to provide you with the service and support you need, RPMC also offers easy access to their knowledge of various laser technologies and applications on their website. "We want people to know that help is just a call or click away. Even if you aren't ready for a conversation, you can get answers to your questions and useful information from our Knowledge Center," says Dean Micke, President of RPMC Lasers.

About RPMC: RPMC Lasers was incorporated over 25 years ago and is a leading laser supplier in North America, focused on promoting industry-leading and emerging manufacturers while helping users find the right laser solutions for their application with standard and/or custom laser products. RPMC offers diode lasers, laser modules, solid-state lasers and amplifiers, and fiber lasers and amplifiers to the scientific, medical, industrial, and military markets.

Michael Meyer
RPMC Lasers
Tel. +1 636-272-7227
Email: info@rpmclasers.com

2022-06-10 from Menlo Systems:

Menlo Systems’ FC1500-ULNnova: Optical Frequency Combs for a new era of ultimate precision

Menlo Systems proudly introduces the FC1500-ULNnova, its latest optical frequency comb synthesizer model for ultimate performance. The core of the new model consists of the redesigned comb laser oscillator based on Menlo System’s patented ultra-low-noise (ULN) figure 9® mode locking technology. The enhanced design of this so called “nova”-oscillator results in significantly improved robustness against acoustical distortion and thermal drift. The major benefit of this novel design is a reduced free running linewidth of only 15 kHz. Owing to this leap in linewidth reduction, the FC1500-ULNnova has proven to support a frequency stability on the 10−19 level within 1 s averaging time! Its unique feature of transferring the spectral purity of a stable reference to the entire wavelength range of 500 - 2000 nm enables users to compare different optical frequency references, stabilize all CW lasers to one absolute frequency reference, and employ it as a clockwork for optical clocks.

As additional benefits for the user, the FC1500-ULNnova comes with two RF output ports for the repetition rate and its fourth harmonic, respectively, improved smooth repetition rate changes in the range of 248 MHz – 252 MHz, and an optimized mode-locking mechanism that allows for a reduced number of pump diodes.

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2022-06-07 from Gentec Electro-Optics:

Gentec-EO launches new high-power laser power detector for fiber lasers up to 15 kW

Quebec City, QC, Canada, June 3, 2022 – Gentec-EO launches the HP60A-15KW-GD-QBH power detector series for measurement of fiber lasers with power up to 15 kW.

This new laser power detector is ideal for those in need to measure average laser power for burn-in tests, during long periods of time or even quickly in the field with the simplicity of connecting a fiber laser output directly to the detector.

The HP60A-15KW-QBH series is calibrated to NIST standards and has damage thresholds up to 80 kW/cm2. With the technology uses in this product series, Gentec-EO has the capability to design custom products that measure much higher laser power levels than 15 kW if needed.

Easy and convenient to use

The user simply needs to connect its QB or QBH fiber output and adapted water lines and is ready to measure. There are 2 outputs on this product: DB15 and USB. The DB15 cable allows to view the measurements on your Gentec-EO display device, such as a MIRO ALTITUDE. Using the USB connection with a PC, the user can view and acquire data, or integrate the signal in a control feedback loop.

Gentec-EO's high-accuracy laser beam measurement instruments help engineers, scientists and technicians in all sorts of laser applications from the factory to the hospital, laboratory and research center. Learn about our solutions for these measurement types:

- Laser power meters

- Laser energy meters

- Laser beam profilers

- Terahertz power meters

This detector series is less sensitive to variations in water cooling temperature than any other high power water-cooled meter on the market, which provides a stable reading.

A wireless connection option is also available with these detectors, so the high power room can be closed and to use less cables for safer measurements. Check out Gentec-EO’s BLU award-winning technology if you are interested in this.

Gentec-EO provides serial commands and application support for seamless integration with the customer’s laser application.

The HP60A-15KW-GD-QBH generates zero back reflection to your environment and negligible back reflections to the fiber output connected to the detector thanks to the gold cone absorber design inside of it.

Available now

The HP60A-15KW-GD-QBH is available to order now. For more information contact a Gentec-EO local sales representative or visit our product page.

Gentec-EO

Gentec Electro-Optics is specialized in laser beam and terahertz source measurement and analysis. With an outstanding 50-year track record of innovation, developing and providing state-of the-art technologies to the laser market, Gentec-EO has become The Expert of the laser beam measurement field. For all sorts of laser applications from the factory to the hospital, laboratory and research center, Gentec-EO offers the broadest range of off-the-shelf and custom solutions, and stands ready to serve you now and in the future.

2022-06-03 from Focuslight Technologies:

LX02 - KW VCSEL Line Beam Transmitter for LiDAR

Xi'an, China – [June, 2nd, 2022] – Focuslight Technologies Inc., a global provider of high-power diode lasers and micro-optics, has announced LX02 – a KW VCSEL Line Beam Transmitter Module for LiDAR.

The benefits and advantages of LiDAR have emerged as the technology of autonomous driving evolves. To fulfill the market requirements of safe and intelligent driving, the LiDAR system requires a laser transmitter with not only high reliability but also low cost to enable mass adoption by consumer vehicles.

Currently, EEL technology is still the primary laser choice for LiDAR designers because of its high peak power. VCSEL technology, with development in multiple-junction technology, serves as a novel light source for LiDAR and has gradually been recognized by the market because of its small wavelength temperature coefficient under wide temperatures, higher reliability under harsh environments, and lower cost at high volumes.

The wide adoption of VCSELs in smartphones in recent years also lays a good foundation for the development of automotive LiDAR applications with mature technology and supply chain. VCSEL line beam transmitter modules have generally compared with the EEL-based version. Additional temperature stabilization elements such as TEC are therefore not necessary.

Line beam scanning is a novel and promising automotive-grade LiDAR architecture for long-range detection. This scheme generally requires a line-shaped laser beam with overall high brightness and small divergence at the horizontal axis as a light source, which will be scanned by a rotating mirror.

As the successor of LX01, LX02 pioneers in the line beam laser transmitting based on VCSEL and pushes the boundaries of the LiDAR solutions further. The laser transmitter utilizes state-of-the-art 5J high-power VCSEL chips and Focuslight’s unique beam shaping optics to emit 1 kW peak power with < 0.15° horizontal divergence while achieving a typical vertical FOV of 23° with high uniformity (> 90%). It is also delivered with an embedded laser driver powered by GaN FET fast switch, releasing ultra-short (width < 5ns) pulses.

The product is designed for integration into LiDAR systems. It also has uses in light detection, 3D sensing, and industrial sensing application.

About Focuslight Technologies

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Xi'an, China, Focuslight Technologies Inc. is a fast-growing company that develops and manufactures high power diode lasers (photon generation), laser optics (photon control), and photonic modules and systems (application solutions) used in advanced manufacturing, health, research, automotive, and consumer electronics applications. In 2017, Focuslight acquired LIMO, one of the leading manufacturers of micro-optics and beam shaping solutions and a pioneer in groundbreaking photonics production technologies. Focuslight has over 400 patents worldwide and is ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001:2015, and IATF 16949 certified. Additional information can be found at www.focuslight.com.

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