17 February 2021
II-VI launches 1060nm seed laser for fiber lasers in materials processing
Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA, has launched a 1060nm seed laser in a 3-pin miniature package for pulsed fiber lasers in materials processing.
The intensifying competition in the industrial laser market is driving demand for components that are more compact and lower cost to differentiate next-generation laser systems, notes the firm. Its new seed laser, which emits a broadband spectrum of more than 10nm at 1060nm, is now available in a 3-pin miniature package. It benefits from sharing the manufacturing line with II-VI’s telecom pump lasers in the same package, which are already being manufactured at scale.
“The success of our gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology platform is the result of decades of investment in the design, manufacturing, and modeling of our lasers and our ability to scale to a vertically integrated 6-inch platform over the last few years,” says Dr Karlheinz Gulden, senior VP, Laser Devices and Systems business unit. “We have led the market in component miniaturization for telecom applications,” he claims, “and we are now leveraging these innovations for fiber lasers. Our 3-pin package was the first of its kind for telecom pump lasers, and now it is the first of its kind for seed sources for pulsed fiber lasers.”
II-VI’s broad portfolio of components for fiber-laser systems includes seed lasers, pump lasers, acousto-optic modulators, fiber Bragg gratings, kilowatt pump and signal combiners, matched chirped mirror pairs, dispersion-compensation prism pairs, diffractive gratings, polarization-mode combiners, ion beam sputtering (IBS) coated laser optics, and micro-optics for high-power isolators.
II-VI is showcasing its product line of optics and lasers at the 2021 SPIE Photonics West Digital Forum (6-11 March).