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2020-08-04 from NKT Photonics:

New collaboration on photonic crystal fiber delivery has seen the light of day

NKT Photonics, the leading supplier of high-performance fiber lasers, fiber optic sensing systems, and photonic crystal fibers, and ALPhANOV, the optics and lasers technology center of the Route des Lasers cluster (near Bordeaux, France) have formed a partnership to make optical interfacing easier.

The demand for advanced fiber delivery is rapidly increasing, and many industrial and scientific applications benefit greatly from broadband, high power, polarization-maintaining, single-mode light delivery.

Photonic Crystal Fiber Large Mode Area (PCF LMA) fibers from NKT Photonics are ideal for highly demanding applications. One example is semiconductor inspection, where single-mode delivery of broadband light is essential to ensure correct processing. Another is quantum optics, where the transport of high power, single-mode, narrow (sub-kHz) linewidth light is paramount for cold atom trapping.

To ensure easy interfacing to the applications, NKT Photonics is now combining their PCF LMA fibers with cutting-edge connector interface solutions from ALPhANOV. The first result of the collaboration is the immediate release of a new range of off-the-shelf aeroGUIDE fiber delivery products available through NKT Photonics. Custom fiber delivery solutions are also available directly through ALPhANOV.

“Our relationship spans over 10 years. We are happy to collaborate with ALPhANOV to, again, allow the combination of our core technology platforms. Together, we will serve a growing market with our unique aeroGUIDE PCF LMA delivery products”, says Carsten Thomsen, VP of Ultrafast Lasers & Fiber Technology from NKT Photonics.

General Manager Benoit Appert-Collin from ALPhANOV adds, “Leveraging our expertise in connector technology for interfacing NKT Photonics’ unique fibers to applications is key in this partnership. We look forward to collaborating with NKT Photonics in providing user-friendly aeroGUIDE fiber delivery solutions for the photonics market.”

The new aeroGUIDE products are available now on the NKT Photonics website.

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2020-07-30 from Menlo Systems:

FC1500-Quantum: Complete solution for cold atom applications

Optical clocks and various types of quantum simulators and computers rely on the technology of cold atoms or ions. These applications typically use a system of several highly stable cw lasers for trapping and cooling of the atoms. The particular lasers spectroscopically address the respective optical transitions within the atoms or ions. Such complex systems generally imply high demands on the experimental design and the apparatus.

With its new FC1500-Quantum, Menlo Systems offers a complete laser system for a plentitude of different atomic species and scenarios, such as e.g. for strontium lattices or calcium ions. Within three 19-inch racks, all integrated cw lasers are stabilized by the use of an optical frequency comb and are coupled to the experiment via optical fibers. A sub-Hz linewidth laser, which is stabilized to an optical cavity of ultrahigh finesse, serves as reference for the ultralow noise frequency comb. The comb transfers the spectral purity of the cavity to all lines of its spectrum, which themselves then serve as reference for all lasers needed. The entire system is controlled via central software.

In the example of a laser system for an optical strontium lattice clock the cavity stabilized laser at 1.5 µm wavelength provides a linewidth below 1 Hz, which the optical frequency comb transfers into the entire visible and infrared spectrum. In total seven cw lasers are stabilized to the narrow comb lines, of which the clock laser at 698 nm is stabilized with sub-Hz linewidth. All lasers are directly available as a time saving complete solution.

See our latest film on the optical clock technology by YouTuber Doktor Whatson.

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News From RP Photonics

2019-07-11: Up to 100 product listings even with free entries

We have decided now to allow 100 (instead of only 10) product listings even for suppliers not having our ad package. This allows us to display more suppliers for many products, which benefits our users. For the suppliers, it should be clear that although you don't need the ad package to appear with many of your products, the chances to be recognized among so many suppliers will be far better if you engage: you can then publish your product descriptions and images.

2018-11-12: New Page with Company News

This new page will be a place where you can find the following:

  • RP Photonics presents news concerning its buyer's guide and its encyclopedia, e.g. about new features.
  • Suppliers who are listed in our resource with an ad package can e.g. report new product lines, mergers and acquisitions and publish general press releases. (The rules are explained in a section near the bottom of this page.)

2018-11-12: Comprehensive Improvements of the RP Photonics Buyer's Guide

In October 2018 we have (a) substantially revised the buyer's guide and the advertising offers and (b) further improved the design of the whole website.

Since then, we have further improved the buyer's guide for our advertisers:

  • The supplier ads have been better integrated into the encyclopedia.
  • For every advertiser, one special promotion is included in the ad package.
  • Suppliers can now publish a company slogan, which appears in the company profile and on all supplier listings.

RP Photonics has great ambitions concerning its online marketing activities. It has already built up the website with the highest popularity and the highest search engine ranking of all websites in the area of photonics, optics and laser technology. Based on that, it is in the position to offer the most attractive advertising packages in this technical area. We expect substantial growth, as increasing numbers of marketing people are becoming aware of our great resource and use it for their product marketing.

2018-11-12: New Video on Marketing

We have published a video on advertising on our site. Particularly for marketing people who are not yet very familiar with our site, it may be quite useful to learn within a couple of minutes how our resource works, why it is so extremely popular, and what kind of online advertising is available there.

2018-11-12: New Articles on Marketing in Photonics

We have published several comprehensive articles on marketing in photonics – not only discussing advertising possibilities which we offer ourselves, but trying to give a comprehensive overview on available options and also presenting many potentially helpful thoughts in this area.

Note also that we have published a useful glossary on photonics marketing.