First 2 micron Q-switched fiber laser from AdValue Photonics targets mid-IR applications (VIDEO)

June 10, 2011
Baltimore, MD--At CLEO 2011, AdValue Photonics described the operational capabilities and mid-IR applications for the first commercially available 2 µm Q-switched fiber laser.

Baltimore, MD--At the 2011 OSA Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO), AdValue Photonics (Tucson, AZ) director of business development Katherine Liu described the operational capabilities and mid-infrared (mid-IR) applications for the first commercially available 2 µm Q-switched fiber laser. The 2 µm laser received an honorable mention in the 2011 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award competition.

The Q-switched fiber laser from AdValue Photonics enables numerous mid-IR applications in light detection and ranging (LIDAR), optical sensing, and materials processing. Operating at an eye-safe wavelength, the fiber laser can also be used to generate 3-5 µm mid-infrared (mid-IR) radiation for environmental monitoring and IR countermeasures applications, or be used as a seed laser for high-power amplification.

Because it has an adjustable pulse repetition rate from 1 Hz to 30 kHz and its 20-50 ns pulse widths deliver 100 mW average power at 20 kHz, it opens up new application possibilities that require a pulsed, high-peak-power source. AdValue Photonics can also provide customized lasers for your unique application, and they welcome your inquiry. For more information, go to

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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