Aculight to Introduce Expanded Laser Product Portfolio at Photonics West 2008


Bothell, Wash., January 15, 2008 - Aculight Corporation, a leading developer of innovative laser technologies, will introduce its expanded laser-based product portfolio at the Biomedical Optics Exhibition (BiOS) and Photonics West 2008 in San Jose, California, January 19th and 20th and 22nd through the 24th. Aculight will showcase both new and upgraded laser products for applications ranging from medical research and spectroscopy to LADAR and sensing.

"Following the move to our new manufacturing facility, 2007 was a year of continued growth for Aculight," said Dr. Andrew Brown, Aculight's director of business development. "We increased business across our target markets-aerospace, defense and medical. And, once again, we set performance records for the products we manufacture. At Photonics West we'll be showcasing an increased range of products with state-of-the-art performance based on fiber and other laser technologies. These products provide our customers significant advantages for their applications. Aculight also manufactures systems and components specifically for customer-driven applications through our OEM development and manufacturing activities."

At Photonics West booth #941 Aculight will feature:

o The Perseus(TM) family of pulsed fiber lasers, including its most compact, efficient, low-cost model to date, Perseus-TS. Perseus lasers offer high-peak-power, eye-safe output from a compact package. They're ideal for applications such as laser radar, surveying and surveillance.

o The Telesto(TM) family of rugged, high-peak-power, polarized, pulsed fiber lasers with output at 1 micron. Telesto lasers are tailored for applications ranging from mapping, surveillance and LADAR to nonlinear optics conversion and materials processing.

o The Argos(TM) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for spectroscopy and sensing. Argos generates multi-watt, CW, continuously tunable mid-IR output in the 1.4 to 3.9 micron wavelength region. No other complete system matches the output power and broad tuning range of the Argos.

o The Aquarius(TM) green fiber laser system. Developed for underwater imaging and communications, the Aquarius provides multi-watt output power and short pulse generation.

Aculight will also show at Photonics West booth #941 and BiOS booth #8539:

o The Capella(TM) infrared nerve stimulator. Intended for the medical and scientific research markets, Capella gives users a new level of precision and control in nerve stimulation. Capella is Aculight's debut product for the medical research market, emerging from the company's enhanced medical manufacturing capabilities.

Other opportunities to learn about Aculight and its technologies include the following presentations:

Sunday
Conference 6912 Practical Holography XXII: Materials and Applications
2:50 pm, Session 2. Broadband diffuser for an IR illumination system, Robert E. Hutchins, Tessera, Inc.; Steven C. Tidwell, Aculight Corp.; Jessica L. Wargats, Tessera, Inc.

Monday
Conference 6873 Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems and Applications
9:30 am, Session 1. Applications of fiber lasers beyond materials processing, Andrew Brown, Rob Afzal, Aculight Corp.

Conference 6854 Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XIX
1:30 pm, Session 2. Frontiers in optical stimulation of neural tissues: past, present, and future, Jonathon D. Wells, Mark P. Bendett, Jim Webb, Heather A. Ralph, Aculight Corp.; Claus Richter, Vanderbilt Univ.; Agnella D. Izzo, Northwestern Univ.; E. D. Jansen, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ.

Conference 6873 Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems and Applications
1:40 pm, Session 3. High SBS-threshold, narrowband, eye-safe pulses frequency doubled to 770.3nm, Matthias P. Savage-Leuchs, Christian Dilly, Aculight Corp.; Mark A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.

Conference 6854 Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XIX
2:00 pm, Session 2. Laser stimulation of the auditory system at 1.94ìm and microsecond pulse durations, Agnella D. Izzo, Joseph T. Walsh, Jr., Northwestern Univ.; Heather A. Ralph, Jim Webb, Mark P. Bendett, Jonathon Wells, Aculight Corp.; Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern Univ.

2:40 pm, Session 2. Photostimulation of sensory neurons of the rat vagus nerve, Joseph P. Y.Kao, Albert Y. Rhee, Gong Li, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine; Jonathon Wells, Aculight Corp.

3:00 pm, Session 2. Characterization of single auditory nerve fibers in response to laser stimulation, Philip Littlefield, Agnella D. Izzo, Jagmeet Mundi, Joseph T. Walsh, Jr., Northwestern Univ.; E. Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ.; Mark P. Bendett, Jim Webb, Heather A. Ralph, Aculight Corp.; Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern Univ.

Tuesday
Conference 6873 Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems and Applications
10:10 am, Session 5. Multiwatt, highly efficient optical parametric generation of an actively pulsed Yb-doped fiber MOPA, Chris Brooks, Mark Bowers, Aculight Corp.

Conference 6875 Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII
11:10 am, Session 2. Single-frequency CW OPO with multiwatt output from 1.46 to 2.05 microns and 2.20 to 3.90 microns, Angus J. Henderson, Aculight Corp.

Poster Papers (Tuesday 6 pm)
Conference 6873 Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems and Applications
UV conversion of photonic crystal fiber amplifier systems, Eric Honea, Matthias P. Savage-Leuchs, Pat Jones, Christian Dilley, Aculight Corp.

Compact, frequency-doubled Yb fiber laser at high PRF, Roy Mead, John Minelly, Eric Honea, Pat Jones, Aculight Corp.

Comparison of microchip and distributed feedback laser as seed source for high- power eye safe amplifiers, Matthias P. Savage-Leuchs, Christian Dilley, Aculight Corp.

Thursday
Conference 6873 Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems and Applications
2:40 pm, Session 14. High-pulse-energy/peak-power and high-gain Er-doped pulse fiber amplifier, Sebastien Desmoulins, Mark Bowers, Aculight Corp.

About Aculight
Founded in 1993, Aculight is focused on being the leader in providing quality, innovative and cost-effective laser system solutions for our customers' needs in national defense, aerospace and medical applications. For more information about Aculight, please contact Dr. Andrew Brown, director of business development, at (425) 482-1100 or visit www.aculight.com.

Contact:
Andrew Brown
Aculight Corporation
(425) 482-1100
andrew.brown@aculight.com

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(541) 928-8996
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