Picosecond MOPA laser from Genia Photonics delivers picosecond-range pulses

Sept. 9, 2010
Fiber-based MOPA (master oscillator power amplifier) lasers deliver short, high-frequency pulses in the picosecond range for applications such as micromachining, etching, and ablation.

Fiber-based MOPA (master oscillator power amplifier) lasers deliver short, high-frequency pulses in the picosecond range for applications such as micromachining, etching, and ablation. Features include a user-friendly GUI, a fiber-based platform with no moving parts and no free-space optics, and a choice of a fixed or variable wavelength seed source that combines a chain of amplifiers into a compact unit available in tabletop or 19 in. rack configuration.
Genia Photonics
Lasalle, QC, Canada
[email protected]

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Picosecond MOPA Laser
Features Power, Flexibility and Simplicity

June 29, 2010 - Lasalle, Quebec, Canada - Genia Photonics, a leading innovator in fiber-based lasers and optical components, is now offering a family of versatile, high-performance, fiber-based MOPA (Master Oscillator Power Amplifier) lasers that deliver short, high-frequency pulses in the picosecond regime. The picosecond MOPA laser family offers quick and easy access to all the key laser operating parameters, providing simplicity to a wide range of tasks and applications such as micromachining, etching, and ablation.

"In material processing, picosecond pulsed lasers offer many advantages over existing nanosecond or femtosecond lasers", said Joseph Salhany, VP R&D and Product Management at Genia Photonics. "The fact that our MOPA delivers high frequency picosecond pulses enables material processing applications to execute faster and with more precision. Furthermore, our simple user-friendly GUI makes the unit easy to setup and operate while providing full control of all the operating parameters".

Beyond the benefits of high frequency picosecond pulses, Genia's MOPA family leverages a fiber-based platform with no moving parts to wear down and no free-space optics to be aligned. The design offers a choice of a fixed or a variable wavelength seed source that combines with a chain of amplifiers into a compact unit available in either a table-top or 19" rack-mount configuration. The unit utilizes an optical-fiber output that keeps the light guided up to the target and the fiber-based platform enables the unit to be easily and reliably transported to where it is needed. Plug-and-play operation makes it simple to install and use under the control of an ordinary PC and the accompanying graphical user interface (GUI) gives the user an easy way to control the laser's configuration and operation. The GUI also provides a clearly visible indication of laser status.

The MOPA's output power, pulse frequency, pulse duration, and pulse energy are all user configurable during operation, but customers must specify the range for these parameters at time of order. Output maximum average power options include 100mW, 1W, 5W, 10W, 20W, and 30W; pulse width options can be either a fixed value from 20psec through 500psec or a variable range of either 20-40, 40-150, and 150-500 psec; and pulse repetition rate ranges can be selectable from within the 100 kHz to 200 MHz range.

Several additional options are to be specified at time of order for the MOPA laser. Operating wavelength can be set anywhere in the range of 1030nm to 1080nm or 1530nm to 1565nm with other wavelengths available on request. A variable-wavelength option is also available. Linear polarized output, rack mount configuration, and a synchronized trigger output signal are options as well.

For more information contact Genia sales at 1 514-364-0343 or [email protected].

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