Tucson, Ariz. – Applied Energetics Inc. has launched its latest ultrashort pulse (USP) laser product line. USP lasers, also known as femtosecond lasers or ultrafast lasers, emit extremely rapid pulses of light at very high peak power and are capable of ablating virtually any material with high precision and no heat. This USP laser will be marketed by Applied Energetics (AE) as "The Wildcat" product line of commercial lasers.
The company will initially target the micromachining industry and applications. The USP laser's high-energy photons are able to directly break molecular bonds in materials, resulting in direct ("cold") material removal known as ablation. These effects lead to cleaner, faster, more precise micromachining processes. USP lasers, unlike conventional lasers, can process hardened steels, semiconductors, ceramics, quartz, sapphire, diamond, polymers, and other difficult-to-machine materials without the thermal damage caused by slower pulsed lasers.
Applied Energetics cites several key advantages for its new product line: (1) higher performance than competitors means users can get their work done faster; (2) product versatility allows customers to adjust pulse length, repetition rate, harmonics, and pulse modulation; (3) AE has years of experience building rugged military lasers for the US Army, and Navy, resulting in commercial systems that are able to cope with factory conditions; and (4) made in the USA means faster service — most USP lasers are currently manufactured by European companies.
Potential users can learn more about AE's USP laser systems and reserve the USPL Applications Center today by emailing [email protected]