Industrial-Grade Amplifier supports femtosecond micromachining.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring one-box design, Spirit(TM) provides more than 4 W output power and offers software-adjustable repetition rates from 50 kHz to 1 MHz. Laser delivers 400 fsec pulse widths with 20 µJ per pulse. With optimized beam characteristics and diffraction-limited TEM00 mode, amplifier is suited for applications ranging from micromachining of medical devices and other materials to nanostructuring, pump-probe experiments, and selected time-resolved science applications.

Original Press Release:

Spectra-Physics® Unveils Spirit(TM) High-Repetition-Rate Ultrafast Amplifier

o Rugged, flexible laser ideal for femtosecond (fs) micromachining

Santa Clara, CA - Spectra-Physics®, a Newport Corporation brand, introduces Spirit(TM), a compact industrial-grade ultrafast amplifier with software-adjustable repetition rates up to 1MHz. Developed at High Q Laser (recently acquired by Newport), the Spirit laser extends Spectra-Physics' ultrafast amplifier portfolio to high-repetition rates needed for micromachining of medical devices and other materials, nanostructuring, pump-probe experiments, and selected time-resolved science applications.

"The adjustable high-repetition-rate operation and robustness make Spirit the ideal laser for femtosecond micromachining," said Herman Chui, senior director of product marketing for Spectra-Physics. "This compact laser is also excellent as a flexible tool for a number of time-resolved science applications."

The Spirit ultrafast laser provides high average power of >4 W and fully-automated adjustability over a wide range of repetition rates from 50 kHz to 1 MHz. Featuring a rugged one-box design, the laser delivers ultrashort 400 fs pulse widths with high energy of 20uJ per pulse. The highly reliable Spirit also has excellent beam characteristics with diffraction-limited TEM00 mode.

The new Spirit ultrafast amplifier will be featured at SPIE Photonics West, The Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, January 24-26, 2012. Please visit Newport's booth #1301 for a demonstration. For more information, please visit:

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets.

Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

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