TOPTICA Photonics AG

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Develops, manufactures, and sells tunable laser diodes and femtosecond fiber lasers for scientific research and industrial application; test drives for optical data storage, optoelectronics, and laboratory equipment.


Lasers & Sources

Continuous-wave laser source has use in deep-UV spectroscopy

The TopWave 229 continuous-wave (CW) laser is suited as an excitation source for deep-UV Raman and deep-UV fluorescence spectroscopy.
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German chipmaker Infineon Technologies applies several different approaches to develop qubits based on its own chip technologies.

How do European companies develop quantum technologies?

Industrial quantum technology was a big topic at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL ‘22 in Aachen, Germany.
In 2022, Wilhelm Kaenders, Ph.D., and Thomas Renner (right), Ph.D., introduced a new logo for the Toptica Group.
Executive Forum

Toptica: The evolution of a laser startup to a mature company

Andreas Thoss speaks with Toptica’s Presidents Wilhelm Kaenders and Thomas Renner about the company’s founding and continuing growth.
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Executive Forum

From bootstraps to leadership: Panel offers financial perspectives

The Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar rounded out the day with a panel discussion, moderated by John Dexheimer, president of LightWave Advisors.
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Executive Forum

Photonics business roundup: February 2022

Business announcements were plentiful in February 2022 for the optics and photonics industry, spanning several application and product markets.
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Optical isolators handle 40 W of optical power

Single-stage (>35 dB) and double-stage (>60 dB) optical isolators are designed to handle 40 W of optical power.
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Lasers & Sources

Laser diode delivers 100 mW output power

The DFB-785 laser diode, based on distributed-feedback technology, delivers 100 mW output power with 1 MHz (typical) linewidth.
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SPIE Quantum West virtual event announces program lineup

Organized in partnership with the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), the first SPIE Quantum West will be held online during the SPIE Photonics West Digital Forum...
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FIGURE 1. High-resolution multiphoton image of a human stem cell with ATTO-labeled actin and DAPI-labeled nucleus.
Detectors & Imaging

Next-generation ultrafast lasers reduce barriers to nonlinear cell imaging

Mode-locked fiber and disk lasers accelerate the adoption of nonlinear microscopy for high-resolution chemical imaging of cells.
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Illinois researchers fabricated a Lüneburg lens that allows light coming into the lens from any direction to be focused to a spot on the surface of the lens exactly opposite the input direction. This is the first time such a lens has been made for visible light.

3D-printed gradient-index Lüneburg lens is fabricated at optical wavelengths

Gradient index optics, achromats, and waveguide devices are all 3D-printed in single operations.

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Lasers & Sources

TOPTICA Photonics tunable optical parametric oscillator available

The DLC TOPO wide-tuning, narrow-linewidth, continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator provides remote control of all tuning actuators for hands-free operation.
FIGURE 1. (a) A schematic of an ECOPS-based terahertz time-domain spectrometer and (b) photograph of the actual implementation (TeraFlash smart system, TOPTICA Photonics AG) are shown.

Industry-grade terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system has kilohertz measurement rates

Intended for inline thickness gauging, an industrial terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system based on electronically controlled optical sampling measures terahertz pulses at...
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FIGURE 1. Two-photon excited fluorescence images of a 300-µm-thick mouse brain slice stained with Alexa 647, with excitations at 780 nm (a) and 1300 nm (b). Measurements were taken in cooperation with the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine (Göttingen, Germany).
Lasers & Sources

Picosecond and femtosecond fiber lasers serve industry and science

Two-photon microscopy, 3D printing, and other applications all benefit from the newest generation of ultrafast fiber lasers.
FIGURE 1. With a large lineup of tunable diode lasers and convenient digital control, TOPTICA Photonics provides a custom solution for quantum technologies requiring lasers.
Lasers & Sources

Lasers shape the world of quantum technologies

Narrow-linewidth tunable diode lasers, amplified and frequency-doubled laser systems, frequency combs, and wavelength meters enable many quantum technologies.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics multilaser engine has uses in biophotonics and microscopy

The iChrome CLE compact laser engine combines four laser lines in one box via a polarization-maintaining single-mode fiber.
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A TeraFET (field-effect transistor with integrated antenna for terahertz radiation detection).
Lasers & Sources

TOPTICA’s TeraScan THz platform helps characterize next-generation THz detectors

Researchers from Frankfurt University, Ferdinand-Braun Institute, and Vilnius University have improved the performance of TeraFETs using GaN-based high-electron mobility transistors...
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Test & Measurement

Toptica terahertz measurement system acquires 1600 terahertz waveforms per second

The TeraFlash smart terahertz measurement system uses electronically controlled optical sampling and two synchronized femtosecond lasers, requiring no mechanical delay line.
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David Andrews, president-elect of SPIE (left), and John Greivenkamp, president of SPIE (right), presented the award to Wilhelm Kaenders (middle).
Lasers & Sources

TOPTICA Photonics founder Wilhelm Kaenders elected SPIE Fellow

Kaenders was recognized for his contributions to the laser world and the company’s community engagement with the SPIE Fellow award, a prestigious recognition not only for him,...
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FIGURE 1. Currently, no common laser diodes are available in the “green” gap between about 530 nm and 620 nm.
Lasers & Sources

Lasers & Sources: New diode-pumped solid-state laser emits in the yellow region

Pumped by blue laser diodes, a new terbium-doped fluoride crystal allows for efficient yellow and green lasing at 588 nm.
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A portion of the staff of Toptica Photonics China.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics opens a facility in China

The branch, Toptica Photonics China, will focus on product development as well as supporting all of Toptica's lasers.
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Laser 2019: Cutting-edge lasers within a cooling economy

This year's LASER World of Photonics conference and exhibit set new attendance records; the mood was positive in spite of an economic slowdown.
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Lasers & Sources

Toptica to showcase tunable optical parametric oscilllator at SPIE Photonics West 2019

The DLC TOPO tunable optical parametric oscillator delivers wide tunability over the 1.45 to 4.00 μm spectral range.
Practical applications of holography range from security holograms on credit cards, bank notes, and passports, to medical imaging and augmented reality.
Lasers & Sources

Diode Lasers: Direct and frequency-converted diode lasers provide all wavelengths for holography

Laser diodes now fulfill the technical requirements to perform holography and lithography applications at new wavelengths in the UV and visible ranges.
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ESO contracts with Toptica for Extremely Large Telescope lasers

Toptica, in partnership with MPB Communications, will build at least four laser sources for the ELT.
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Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics opens new U.S. headquarters

Expansion allows company to support growing quantum technologies, biophotonics, and materials markets.
FIGURE 1. An optical time-domain spectroscopy unit (a) generates the ultrafast pump/probe signals while the near-field scanner unit (b) includes the terahertz emitter and near-field detector components, as well as translation stages for high-resolution field mapping; a sample or device under test is loaded to the near-field scanner unit.
Detectors & Imaging

Photonics Applied: Terahertz Imaging: Terahertz imaging tackles solar cell and semiconductor process inspection

Replacing free-space optics with fiber-coupled, integrated components allows modular terahertz time-domain imaging systems to excel in solar and semiconductor wafer analysis.
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Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics to showcase deep-UV diode lasers at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017

The DLC TA-SHG/FHG pro DUV diode lasers have utility in testing and inspection or advanced material processing.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics and Menlo Systems sign license agreement for optical frequency combs

The agreement grants Toptica rights to commercialize the technology in the U.S. market.
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Toptica Photonics to present UV laser at LASER World of Photonics China 2017

The TopWave 266 ultraviolet continuous-wave laser provides 150 mW of output power at a wavelength of 266 nm and
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Lasers & Sources

Toptica continuously tunable lasers achieve sub-picometer resolution

CTL continuously tunable diode lasers offer continuous, mode-hop-free wavelength tuning up to 110 nm.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica spins off subsidiary to focus on customized solutions and innovation

Toptica Projects has been created to serve high complexity laser projects more efficiently.
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FIGURE 1. A microtoroid optical and mechanical resonator at the same time.
Lasers & Sources

Diode Lasers: Exploring micro- and nanostructures with tunable diode lasers

Optically pumping microcavities, advancing quantum technologies, and exploiting quantum dots are applications of tunable diode lasers that may significantly impact photonics.
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Toptica Photonics to present UV laser at SPIE Photonics West 2017

The TopWave 266 UV CW laser provides 150 mW of output power at a wavelength of 266 nm and
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FIGURE 1. Two monolithic beam expansion systems are shown with spherical surfaces (top) and with a convex aspheric surface (center) for an enlargement of M=2. Incoming beam diameter is 10 mm. The wavefront aberrations for the aspheric approach are four orders of magnitude smaller. Three cascade systems are shown for beam expansion based on monolithic individual systems (bottom: 10.5x enlargement (a), 21x enlargement (b), and 9.3x enlargement (c). System (b) differs from (a) by the addition of an element with M=2. System (c) differs from (b) by the inversion of the last element with M=1.5.

Technology Review: Laser Focus World's top 20 photonics technology picks for 2016

This year's Tech Review Top 20 list concludes with an especially robust selection of science topics from the past year of Laser Focus World.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica boosts presence in Japan by opening a sales office

Given the strategic importance of Japan, Toptica Photonics is opening a dedicate office for sales, marketing, and service.
FIGURE 1. Using a Menlo Systems BlueCut microjoule femto fiber, a cross-sectional view of a bone sample cut with this laser (a; courtesy of ROWIAK GmbH), an intraocular lens fabricated out of PMMA (b), and a gold spiral for microwave applications (c; courtesy of Optec) are shown.
Lasers & Sources

Photonics Products: Femtosecond Lasers - Femtosecond fiber lasers probe and process materials in new ways

The earliest fiber lasers had a few tens of milliwatts of single-mode CW output. Today, multi-kilowatt-class fiber lasers have megahertz repetition rates and femtosecond pulse...
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Four beams emerge from the new laser system on Unit Telescope 4 of the VLT. Each laser consists of a laser and electronics cabinet (with grey front) and the laser launch telescope including the laser head with fiber Raman amplifier and second-harmonic generation stage.

Adaptive Optics: ESO's Very Large Telescope sees four times first (laser) light

One of ESO's VLT telescopes has received a major upgrade, thanks to four guide star lasers working in concert to deliver high angular resolution and enhanced adaptive-optics compensatio...
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This SHG pro resonator is sealed, including all electric and mechanic feedthroughs. Residual air leak rates amount to 10-3–10-5 mbar-l/s.
Lasers & Sources

Novel Lasers: Short, shorter, shortest - Diode lasers in the deep ultraviolet

Frequency-converted diode lasers provide continuous-wave light down to below 200 nm in the vacuum UV.
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Lasers & Sources

Multilaser engine from Toptica Photonics delivers fiber switching speed less than 10 ms

The iChrome SLE offers up to eight different wavelengths from 405 to 640 nm and up to 70 mW per color.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica Photonics diode laser systems available in wavelengths from 320 to 780 nm

The DLC TA-SHG pro diode laser systems are available in wavelengths from 320 to 780 nm.
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Toptica Photonics to demonstrate ultrafast fiber laser at LASER World of Photonics 2015

The FemtoFiber pro SCYb ultrafast fiber laser delivers pulses with a center wavelength of 1030 nm and duration below 100 fs.
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The path of the SodiumStar laser beam through the atmosphere can be seen due to Rayleigh scattering, but the visibility falls to zero after a few tens of kilometers of height. When the beam enters the mesosphere's sodium layer at 100 km altitude, however, it generates the artificial star needed for adaptive-optics correction. Pointing the guide star at Saturn not only helps to orient in the night sky but leads to impressive snapshots.
Lasers & Sources

Toptica SodiumStar laser installed at ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile

Successful verification tests are step towards the completion of the full Adaptive Optics Facility.
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FIGURE 1. A diagram shows the evolution of ultrafast lasers from the original dye lasers to more-recent solid-state and fiber-based lasers.
Lasers & Sources

Ultrafast Scientific Lasers: Ultrafast scientific lasers expand on their legacy

The femtosecond-scale pulse durations of ultrafast lasers are ideal for science, capturing physical and biological processes that normally happen too fast to measure.
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Toptica Photonics to demo frequency-converted diode lasers at SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2015

DLC SHG pro frequency-converted diode lasers offer ultra-low noise levels and narrow linewidths.
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FIGURE 1. An iLLUMINA RGB laser projector containing red- and blue-emitting LDs is shown in a home-theater mockup; this product, which produces a wider color gamut than conventional projectors, will be sized up for movie-cinema use.
Lasers & Sources

Photonics Products: Visible Laser Diodes: Laser diodes (almost) encompass the entire visible spectrum

Green-, blue-, and red-emitting laser diodes are used alone or in combination for multifarious uses, often with enhancements such as fiber-coupling and wavelength stabilization...
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ESO’s portable guide-star laser unit is shown in operation during field tests at the Allgäu Public Observatory.
Lasers & Sources

Delivery of first Toptica sodium-guide-star laser accepted by European Southern Observatory, four more coming right up

Toptica (Munich, Germany) has been creating a new generation of sodium-guide-star lasers intended for use with the adaptive optical (AO) systems integrated into future ground-...
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Toptica Photonics to showcase digital laser controller at SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014

Toptica Photonics will provide a demonstration of its DLC pro all-digital controller for tunable diode lasers at SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2014.
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Fiber Optics

Toptica Photonics rubidium atom traps used in cold atom experiments

The MiniMOT-Rb small magneto-optical trap can capture rubidium atoms and cool them to ~300K.
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Lasers & Sources

Red lasers from Toptica Photonics provides 30 mW at 633 nm

The TopMode laser uses proprietary Coherence-Advanced Regulation Method (CHARM) to provide active stabilization of the lasers’ coherence, and ensures 24/7 single-frequency operation...

Toptica acquires eagleyard for laser diode capabilities

Toptica Photonics has acquired majority ownership of laser diode manufacturer eagleyard Photonics (Berlin, Germany). eagleyard has an annual turnover of about $5 million and makes...
FIGURE 1. a) Photograph of an airbag cover: The roman numbers denote (i) break line, (ii) adhesive label, (iii) stampings within the polymer, and (iv) retainer bars. b) Corresponding terahertz image.

TERAHERTZ INSTRUMENTATION: CW terahertz technology overcomes performance and cost concerns

Continuous-wave terahertz spectrometers operating at 1.5 μm can take advantage of telecom laser equipment, enabling terahertz to emerge from the lab first in the field of spectroscopy...
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Test & Measurement

Toptica Photonics spectroscopy system uses all-fiber design

The TeraFlash tabletop platform for time-domain terahertz spectroscopy uses all-fiber design based on 1.5 μm telecom technology, combining femtosecond fiber lasers with indium...
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Toptica Photonics guidestar laser features a narrowband Raman fiber amplifier

The SodiumStar 20/2 guidestar laser uses a narrowband Raman fiber amplifier that amplifies the spectrally narrow and tunable diode laser seed at 1178 nm to approximately 35 W ...
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Diode lasers from Toptica Photonics have linewidth

GreenMode and RedMode diode lasers offer output of 515 nm at 25 mW, 638 nm at 30 mW, and 685 nm at 25 mW.
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Bose-Einstein Condensation Award goes to Spielman and Shlyapnikov

Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain--During BEC 2011: Frontiers in Quantum Gases conference (September 10-16), Dr. Ian Spielman and Prof. Gora Shlyapnikov were honored for their contributions...
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Magneto-optical trap (MOT) kit from Toptica Photonics features spectroscopy modules

The Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT), the most popular laser cooling and trapping setup, uses a vacuum system with optical access and a magnetic quadrupole field to trap the atoms.
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Fiber Optics

MOPA system from Toptica Photonics offers mode-hop-free tuning range

The TA pro laser system is now available with output powers up to 2 W.
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Toptica Photonics InGaAs camera for IR and NIR imaging

The Lynceus-320 indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) focal plane array (FPA) camera from Toptica Photonics offers high sensitivity, a 47 dB dynamic range, 320 × 256 pixel resolution...
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Fiber Optics

Supercontinuum source from Toptica Photonics provides pulses down to 13 fs

The FemtoFiber pro UCP is a tunable ultracompressed pulse supercontinuum light source, providing >30 mW output between 980 and 1400 nm.

TOPTICA opens US West Coast office

Victor, NY--TOPTICA Photonics is opening a US West Coast office in San Jose, CA, to grow and support customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Toptica Photonics laser controller allows multichannel oscilloscope functionality

DigiLock 110 provides digital laser stabilization and can be used to computer control and analyze the laser.

Toptica wins $6.5 M guidestar contract

Toptica Photonics AG has been awarded the final development and supply contract for sodium guidestar lasers at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.
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FIGURE 1. The 50 W FASOR beam from the Starfire Optical Range 3.5 m telescope creates a guidestar in the mesospheric sodium layer on Apr. 26, 2005. The FASORtronics commercial design (inset) with and without the enclosure panels shows the single-frequency IR laser modules and the sum-frequency generator.

ADAPTIVE OPTICS: High-power guidestar lasers are ready for next-generation AO astronomy

Two types of sodium-guidestar laser with phenomenally high optical power have been separately conceived and developed, one at the AFRL's Starfire Optical Range and one at the ...
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FIGURE 1. An ultrachrome source, the iChrome (below), incorporates a fiber-laser oscillator and amplifier (OSC/AMP), supercontinuum in the IR (SCG), frequency doubling into the visible (SHG), and a single-mode/polarization-maintaining (SM/PM) delivery fiber.
Lasers & Sources

TUNABLE LASER SOURCES: Fully tunable visible laser source is valuable for biophotonics

A new laser that is quickly and accurately tunable across 160 nm has advantages over existing visible “ultrachrome” sources used in medical and biological applications.