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Fiber Laser Pump targets industrial applications.

Press Release Summary:

Facilitating design of next generation laser systems, un-cooled Pump Laser Module delivers 7 W light output power from multimode fiber with 105 mm core diameter and 0.15 or 0.22 numerical aperture. Hermetic module provides preferred packaging platform incorporating floating anode and cathode. E2 process passivates laser's front mirror, preventing Catastrophic Optical Mirror Damage.

Original Press Release:

Bookham to Feature Fully Qualified Ultra-High Power Fiber Laser Pump at Photonics West

San Jose, CA - January 20, 2006 - Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is to launch a fully qualified, high power, un-cooled multimode pump laser module for industrial applications such as fiber laser pumping, at Photonics West later this month. The pump module combines high power with high reliability and stable performance.

The multimode pump laser module allows a significant step forward in the design of current and next generation laser systems by providing increased brightness at lower cost and with high reliability. The un-cooled module, incorporating the latest generation of multimode pump laser chips from the Bookham Zurich facility, delivers 7W light output power from a multimode fiber with 105 mm core diameter and 0.15 or 0.22 numerical aperture.

During a 2000h lifetest at module level at 8A injection current and up to 45 °C heat sink temperature, the pump units have proven their long term stability. Successfully passed thermal cycling, high temperature storage and mechanical integrity tests provide the base for the qualification of this unique high power module. In addition, powers of more than 11W out of fiber have been successfully achieved, demonstrating the capability and robustness of the overall design. The hermetic module provides a preferred packaging platform incorporating a floating anode and cathode.

"This is a significant advance in high power uncooled multimode pump performance and a key product to our qualified industrial laser portfolio," said Berthold Schmidt, director of product marketing for High Power Lasers. "It is another example of our leadership in producing high brightness and high reliability laser diodes. Our in-house semiconductor design and highly automated high volume manufacturing line are enabling us to deliver exceptional value to a broad range of industrial laser markets."

One of the core technologies driving advances in power and reliability is the Bookham proprietary E2 process, which passivates the laser's front mirror. The aim of this passivation is to prevent Catastrophic Optical Mirror Damage (COMD), which is otherwise a common problem in the development of high brightness GaAs laser diodes. Bookham has also developed a high temperature AuSn die bonding technology that enables laser diode bars to be driven at the highest power levels.

The new pump module will be displayed at the Bookham stand (number 1727) at Photonics West in San Jose later this month. Bookham will also present two papers at associated symposium LASE 2006: high brightness laser diode bars; and 9xx high power pump modules.

Contact Info:
Joanne Bradbeer
Bookham, Inc.
+44 (0) 1327 350581

Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company's optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, Canada, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, France and Italy and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

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