Fibre Lasers

L-R: Dr Wilhelm Kaenders, founder and member of the executive board of Toptica Photonics AG; Dr Nicholas Traynor, founder and president of Azurlight Systems, who will become president of Toptica Photonics SAS; and Dr Juergen Stuhler, vice-president quantum technologies at Toptica Photonics AG, who will become General Manager of Toptica Photonics SAS. Image: Toptica Photonics AG

Toptica Photonics acquires French fibre laser maker Azurlight Systems

Toptica Photonics, the German laser manufacturer, has acquired French fibre laser technology company, Azurlight Systems.

The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

Looking skyward: Photonics opportunities in space

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

Fibre laser provides gap-free tuning

SuperK’s Chromatune is a new laser that provides gap-free tuning from 400-1000 nm. Due to its extremely broad tuning range and constant 1 mW output power, the SuperK Chromatuneis ready to cover your applications in microscopy, spectroscopy, fluorescence, lifetime imaging, optical characterisation, and plasmonics and metamaterials.

Dr Valentin Gapontsev has been IPG’s chairman since the company’s founding and was its CEO until April 2021 (Image: IPG Photonics)

IPG Photonics founder Dr Valentin Gapontsev dies aged 82

Gapontsev, 82, founded IRE-Polyus, IPG’s predecessor, in 1990. He has been IPG’s chairman since the company’s founding and was its CEO until April 2021

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Fibre lasers: 2010-2020 and beyond

Greg Blackman asks experts how fibre lasers developed between 2010 to 2020, as well as what advancements the future may hold for the technology

A schematic of Coherent's adjustable ring mode fibre and the five basic power patterns possible within the focused laser spot (Image: Coherent)

Custom delivery

Greg Blackman discovers how emerging lasers with adjustable beam quality are improving quality and flexibility in cutting and welding

Fibre lasers channel the and amplify the light through a fibre optic cable

Design for life

Keely Portway takes a look at some of the latest developments in optical fibre design for fibre lasers


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