IMRA licenses ultrafast fiber technology to TOPTICA

Nov. 15, 2007
ANN ARBOR, MI—IMRA America, a leader in the research, development, manufacturing, and application of ultrafast fiber lasers, and TOPTICA Photonics (Munich, Germany), provider of diode laser and femtosecond fiber technology for industrial and scientific markets, have signed a license agreement for IMRA femtosecond fiber technology.

ANN ARBOR, MI—IMRA America, a leader in the research, development, manufacturing, and application of ultrafast fiber lasers, and TOPTICA Photonics (Munich, Germany), provider of diode laser and femtosecond fiber technology for industrial and scientific markets, have signed a license agreement for IMRA femtosecond fiber technology. The technology enables TOPTICA to further expand its product offerings in this vital field. In the agreement, IMRA licenses TOPTICA a large portfolio of IMRA patents related to ultrafast fiber lasers.

“One of TOPTICA’s core competences is to provide ultra-stable or narrowband tunable light. Today our worldleading diode lasers cover the widest spectral region between 205 and 3000 nm. The new and unique FemtoFiber product line, based on ultrafast fiber technology, covers a similar tunable wavelength spectrum between 480 and 2100 nm using supercontinuums both in the visible and infrared spectrum,” said Thomas Weber, president of TOPTICA. “Licensing the IMRA technology further enhances our laser development capabilities and will facilitate commercialization of our fiber laser products.We look forward to building a long association with the highly respected IMRA team.”

Takashi Omitsu, president of IMRA, added, “Over the past 15 years, IMRA has made an enormous investment in fiber amplifier and fiber laser research, leading the industry in developing the technology required for generation and amplification of very short laser light pulses with excellent beam quality. As the international fiber laser community recognizes the importance of intellectual property licensing, IMRA is continuing to advance the state of this art for the benefit of both manufacturers and users of fiber laser products.We welcome TOPTICA, a key member of this community, as an IMRA licensee.”

Founded in 1990, IMRA America develops ultrafast fiber laser technologies for commercial applications. IMRA’s turnkey fiber lasers offer compact size, high stability, and maintenance-free operation as optical pulse sources for material processing, semiconductor inspection and repair, homeland security, instrumentation, medical diagnostics and therapy, and telecommunications. They are based on IMRA’s proprietary fiber oscillator, fiber amplifier, and advanced pulse compressor technologies, documented in over 70 U.S. patents and applications and many more worldwide. IMRA America also offers its technologies through patent and technology licensing.

Since its foundation in 1998, TOPTICA has been developing semiconductor amplification and frequency conversion technologies. TOPTICA provides lasers and single-mode laser-related equipment to address applications in atomic physics, microscopy, printing, optical disc manufacturing, and metrology. The ultrafast fiber lasers will complement its continuous- wave product

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