Fiber Laser generates eye-safe short pulses.

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Based on erbium-doped fiber technology, Model PF1550-30 delivers 1.54 µm light output via single-mode fiber. It generates nominal 1 ns pulses at repetition rates between 100 kHz and 1 MHz. Producing 1 W of peak power at 1 MHz, unit is suited for laser range finding, range imaging LIDAR, fiber optic sensing, and communications. Diffraction-limited output also makes it suited for micromachining where extremely small spot size is critical.

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Aculight Introduces Pulsed Fiber Laser for Defense, Sensing, Micromachining

Model PF1550-30 Generates Eye-Safe Short Pulses Over Wide Repetition Rate Range

Bothell, Wash., April 20, 2004 - Aculight Corporation, a leading developer of innovative laser technologies, introduces the Model PF1550-30-a pulsed fiber laser that generates eye-safe, short pulses over a wide repetition rate range. Compact and rugged, the Model PF1550-30 is suitable for applications such as laser range finding, range imaging LIDAR, fiber optic sensing, communications, micromachining, and as a seed source for high-power amplifiers.

Based on erbium-doped fiber technology, the Model PF1550-30 delivers 1.54-µm light output via a single-mode fiber. The device generates nominally 1-ns pulses at repetition rates between 100 kHz and 1 MHz. Model PF1550-30 produces 1-watt of average power and 1.2 kW of peak power at 1 MHz. The laser measures just 10- x 10- x 4-inches and weighs 15 pounds.

"Our new Model PF1550-30 is a compact, pulsed fiber laser suitable for a host of applications," said Andrew Brown, Aculight's director of business development. "For example, its eye-safe, short pulses make it ideal for laser range finding and laser imaging, where it generates very high-resolution images. This type of output is typically generated by combining a diode-pumped solid-state laser with an optical parametric oscillator, so our Model PF1550-30 is a simpler, more efficient laser source in a much smaller package."

The Model PF1550-30's diffraction-limited output also makes it attractive for applications such as micromachining, where extremely small spot size is critical. In addition, the device's all-fiber design is virtually maintenance free, allowing it to operate in even the most demanding industrial environments. Said Brown, "One key benefit to fiber lasers over conventional sources is that they're inherently very robust since you don't have to worry about mirrors that will go out of alignment or a platform that will twist. These are high-performance laser sources that can be more reliable out on the factory floor."

Founded in 1993, Aculight Corporation develops and manufactures innovative laser technologies for medical, industrial and national defense applications. Aculight's technology portfolio includes fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, nonlinear optics, and external cavity diode lasers. For more information about Aculight, please contact Andrew Brown, director of business development, at (425) 482-1100, or visit

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