JDSU Introduces New Commercial Lasers for Manufacturing and Life Science Markets

Industry’s Brightest Pump Laser Brings Fiber Laser Technology to More Customers
Milpitas, Calif., May 13, 2013 – JDSU today bolstered its diode portfolio by introducing two high-performance lasers that bring new efficiencies to the manufacturing and life sciences markets. These newest innovations continue JDSU’s heritage of delivering reliable, high-performance commercial laser solutions that consistently lead the market.

First, JDSU introduced its ST Series Fiber Laser Pump featuring the brightest fiber-coupled diode laser performance available in the industry today. This groundbreaking design, powered by JDSU’s next-generation diode laser chip, offers a class-leading 140 Watts of output power within a 106.5um core that will accelerate the adoption of fiber lasers by machine-tool makers and speed metal cutting and shaping manufacturing processes.

A continuous need for finished metal goods and the displacement of competing cutting technologies have resulted in the rapid growth of the fiber laser market, bringing strong demand for diode laser pump sources that produce the necessary high power and brightness. The ultra-compact ST Series is a highly integrated device which reduces the number of components needed to produce a kilowatt-class fiber laser resulting in simpler, lower cost and more robust design alternatives.

“The adoption of fiber lasers has been increasing due to their smaller packages versus other lasers on the market while maintaining comparable power output. They have proven to be reliable especially in rugged environments since they require minimal maintenance and recalibration,” said Allen Nogee, Senior Analyst, Lasers & LED Lighting, Strategies Unlimited. “As a result, we forecast the fiber laser market will grow an average of 14% each year over the next 5 years and will exceed $800 million in revenue in 2013. This growth also impacts the diode laser pump market which we had forecast at $143 million in 2012.”

The ST Series builds on JDSU’s previous generation pump lasers’ reputation for industry-best reliability. The solution has been rigorously tested for endurance and power stability to withstand prolonged use in manufacturing settings. This level of quality ensures manufacturers will spend more time producing metal products to meet their ongoing demands.

“The introduction of the ST Series enables a simple fiber laser architecture that brings the power of fiber lasers to a wider range of customers,” said Tomoko Ohtsuki, Industrial Diode Product Line Manager. “Combined with optical and mechanical design innovations to achieve ultra low optical loss and thermal management, JDSU establishes a new foundation for high-brightness laser pumps.”

For more information about the ST Series, please visit http://bit.ly/12g4SRg, and check out JDSU’s latest blog at:http://blogs.jdsu.com/perspectives/default.aspx.

JDSU FCD561 Series for Life Sciences
JDSU also introduced today its FCD561 Series, the newest addition to its frequency converted diode (FCD) family of continuous-wave lasers for the Life Sciences market. Commonly used in the health services industry to identify health disorders in both clinical and research environments, flow cytometer instruments use laser light sources of specific wavelengths to identify characteristics of cells, proteins, and other particles.

FCD561 allows for targeted fluorescent pumping of specific fluorophores at their ideal absorption band, minimizing the amount of needed incident laser power and reducing the potential for pumping of adjacent fluorophores within a sample. This process increases the overall sensitivity of flow cytometers resulting in statistically improved results and the ability to observe population data that may not have been resolvable previously. Using an efficient 561 nm solution, the FCD561 brings the reliability and efficiency needed to allow JDSU’s bioinstrumentation customers to pump yellow-green fluorophores currently not covered by more common direct-diode laser systems or lesser performing alternate laser technologies. This new solution features 30mW free-space and fiber-delivered packages to meet the most demanding integration needs.  For more on the FCD561 please visit: http://bit.ly/YsGmim.

JDSU will be showcasing both the ST Series and FCD561 at Laser World of Photonics in Munich this week in Hall C1, Booth #301, in Munich, Germany from May 13-16, 2013.

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