Pulsed Lasers

Pulsed Lasers

What is a pulsed laser?

Pulsed lasers have a gain medium that is typically optically pumped using either a flashlamp (arc lamp) or by laser diodes (DPSS). Utilizing pulse generation techniques like mode-locking and active and passive Q-switching, these lasers produce high peak power or high energy pulses with a lower duty cycle by storing energy and releasing then it in pulses. This method of repeated energy storage and release is unlike CW Lasers and Laser Diodes, which emit energy continuously. Pulsed Lasers are available in wide range of pulse widths from femtosecond through millisecond. The repetition rates range from single shot to Mhz.

Image Pulsed DPSS Lasers Electro-Optic Active Q-Switch Example DiagramActive Q-Switched Lasers allow the precise control of both the pulse width and repetition rate of the laser using an on / off system of blocking or emitting photons.  Active Q-switches are typically electro-optic, acousto-optic, or magneto-optic modulators, although other methods may be used, such as a mechanical shutter, optical chopper wheel, or spinning mirror / prism.

    • Strengths – Control over pulses, typically higher pulse energies
    • Weaknesses – Higher cost, System complexity, much larger than passive

Image-Pulsed-DPSS-Lasers-Saturable-Absorber-Passive-Q-Switch-Example-Diagram-1

Passive Q-Switched Lasers contain a Saturable Absorber that, when continuously pumped, produces a regular pulse train. Passive Q-Switch lasers cannot precisely control the pulse externally. Passive Q-Switches can be based on a special dye, a passive semiconductor, or a crystal material (typically Cr:YAG).

    • Strengths – Lower cost, System simplicity, Compact size
    • Weaknesses – No control over pulses, typically lower pulse energies

Mode-Locked Lasers (Ultrafast Lasers) produce ultrashort, typically sub-picosecond pulses, at high repetition rates (up to 80 MHz for our current product offerings) by mode locking a large number of phase-locked longitudinal modes from a broadband laser or from a material with a large gain bandwidth.

Our Pulsed Laser Products

RPMC Lasers offers a wide selection of Pulsed Laser technologies (Types). For example, these types include Diode-Pumped Solid-State (DPSS) Lasers, Flash-lamp Lasers, Ultrafast LasersFiber Lasers, Microlasers/Microchip Lasers, Tunable Lasers, MIL-Spec Lasers, Micromachining Lasers, and Custom Lasers.

Utilizing pulse generation techniques like mode-locking and active and passive Q-switching, these lasers produce high peak power or high energy pulses with a lower duty cycle. These lasers provide Nanosecond (ns), Picosecond (ps) and Femtosecond (fs) laser pulse widths.

Our pulsed products are available in many wavelengths in the UV, Violet, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, NIR, SWIR, and MWIR regimes. Furthermore, our lasers provide average output powers from a few mW to 100W and pulse energies from nanojoules to 100’s of millijoules. Finally, these options provide pulse repetition rates from single-shot up to 80MHz.

					
					
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Picture Part Number Type Wavelength (nm) Output power (W) Pulse energy (uJ) Pulse width Rep rate Q-switch type
cpfl 1.5a 1.5at 1.5t cpfl2 hfl 1.5um Pulsed Fiber Lasers Pulsed Fiber Lasers 1540-1560 0.150, 1.0, 5.0 5.0, 25.0, 80.0 400ps, 50ns 5kHz, 1MHz, 2MHz
Pulsed Fiber Laser 1um Pulsed Fiber Lasers Pulsed Fiber Lasers 1030-1100 5.0 150.0 400ps, 50ns 10kHz, 100kHz, 1MHz Active
Aero-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 5.0, 10.0 50000.0, 100000.0, 200000.0 20ns Single Shot to 50Hz, Single Shot to 100Hz Active
Aero-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.600 6000.0, 12000.0 20ns Single Shot to 50Hz, Single Shot to 100Hz Active
Aero-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355, 355/532/1064 1.0 10000.0, 20000.0 20ns Single Shot to 50Hz, Single Shot to 100Hz Active
Aero-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532, 532/1064 2.0, 6.0 20000.0, 40000.0 20ns Single Shot to 50Hz, Single Shot to 100Hz Active
AIRTRAC-LD AIRTRAC-LD Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Mil-Spec Lasers 1064 1.0 50000.0 10ns - 25ns 7-21Hz Active
ALCOR 5W: 1064nm Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser ALCOR 10XX Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1040, 1064 2.0, 5.0 0.025, 0.062 100fs, 110fs 80MHz (Optional: 40MHz) Active
ALCOR 5W: 1064nm Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser ALCOR 520 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 520 0.800, 2.0 0.025 180fs 80MHz (Optional: 40MHz) Active
ALCOR 5W: 1064nm Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser ALCOR 780 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 780 0.800 0.010 150fs 80MHz (Optional: 40MHz) Active
ALCOR 5W: 1064nm Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser ALCOR 920 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 920 1.5, 2.5, 4.0 0.0187, 0.0312, 0.050 100fs, 110fs, 130fs 80MHz (Optional: 40MHz) Active
ALCOR 5W: 1064nm Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser ALCOR Dual Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 920/1064 1.0, 2.0 0.0125, 0.025 100fs, 110fs, 130fs 80MHz (Optional: 40MHz) Active
Altair: Femtosecond Laser Altair Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1040 10.0, 20.0 0.125, 0.250, 1.0 150fs, 250fs 30MHz, 80MHz, Single shot to 40MHz Active
Antares Antares Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1030, 1064 10.0, 20.0, 30.0 0.125, 0.250, 0.375, 0.500 10ps 80MHz Active
R0Z2-Image-Compact-Efficient-UV-Laser CEUV Series Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266, 355, 532, 1064 5.0, 10.0, 20.0 500.0, 1000.0, 2000.0 3ns 10kHz to 1MHz Active
DIADEM Series Diadem 1300 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1300 2.0 1.0 150fs Single shot to 2MHz Active
DIADEM Series Diadem IR Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1030, 1064 10.0, 20.0, 30.0 10.0, 20.0, 30.0, 40.0 400fs, 10ps Single shot to 2MHz Active
Fiber Lasers Jenlas Fiber ns 25-105 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Pulsed Fiber Lasers 1085 20.0, 30.0, 55.0, 100.0 700.0, 1000.0, 1100.0 125ns 30kHz to 80kHz, 50kHz to 100kHz, 100kHz to 200kHz Active
MicroMake: Micromachining Laser System MicroMake 532 Micromachining System 532 35.0
neoMOS neoMOS Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 5.0, 15.0, 50.0, 75.0, 100.0 250.0, 400.0, 500.0 600fs, 700fs, 900fs, 10ps, 40ps, 70ps, 100ps
NPS-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1064 0.050, 5.0, 10.0 0.125, 0.250 7ps 40MHz Passive
NPS-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 355 1.0 0.025 7ps 40MHz Passive
NPS-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 532 1.0, 5.0 0.025, 0.125 7ps 40MHz Passive
Onda 1064nm Onda 1064nm Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 15.0 800.0 2ns - 12ns Single Shot to 100kHz Active
Onda 266nm Onda 266nm Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.800 80.0 2ns - 6ns Single shot to 1kHz, Single shot to 50kHz Active
Onda 355nm Onda 355nm Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.300 150.0 3ns Single shot to 2kHz Active
Onda 532nm: 532nm High Energy Laser Onda 532nm Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 5.0, 10.0 400.0, 800.0 2ns - 14ns Single Shot to 100kHz Active
One-1030-100: 1030nm Miniature Q-Switched Laser One-1030 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1030 1.0, 3.0 100.0 5ns - 20ns 30kHz, Single shot to 10kHz Passive
OT-XX Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Mil-Spec Lasers 1540 0.001, 0.0012, 0.002, 0.0022, 0.0024, 0.0025, 0.0045, 0.0095, 0.020, 0.030, 0.075, 0.100, 0.200 900.0, 1000.0, 1200.0, 1500.0, 1900.0, 2000.0, 2100.0, 2200.0, 2400.0, 2500.0, 10000.0 9ns, 10ns, 12ns, 15ns, 20ns, 24ns, 35ns, 40ns 1Hz, 5Hz, 10Hz, 20Hz, 30Hz Active, Passive
Q-TUNE tunable DPSS laser Q-TUNE-IR Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Tunable Lasers Tunable 0.020, 0.065 2000.0, 6500.0 3ns - 4ns 10Hz Active
Q-TUNE tunable DPSS laser Q-TUNE Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Tunable Lasers Tunable 0.200 8000.0 5ns 10Hz, 33Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1163 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1163 0.500, 0.800, 1.0 5000.0, 10000.0, 20000.0, 30000.0, 40000.0, 50000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1177 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1177 0.500, 0.800, 1.0 5000.0, 10000.0, 20000.0, 30000.0, 40000.0, 50000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1300 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1300 0.300, 0.480, 0.600 3000.0, 6000.0, 12000.0, 18000.0, 24000.0, 30000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1317 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1317 0.300, 0.480, 0.600 3000.0, 6000.0, 12000.0, 18000.0, 24000.0, 30000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1551 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1551 0.400, 0.640, 0.800 4000.0, 8000.0, 16000.0, 24000.0, 32000.0, 40000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-1571 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1571 0.400, 0.640, 0.800 4000.0, 8000.0, 16000.0, 24000.0, 32000.0, 40000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-291 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 291 0.075, 0.120, 0.150 750.0, 1500.0, 3000.0, 4500.0, 6000.0, 7500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-294 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 294 0.075, 0.120, 0.150 750.0, 1500.0, 3000.0, 4500.0, 6000.0, 7500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-325 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 325 0.045, 0.072, 0.090 450.0, 900.0, 1800.0, 2700.0, 3600.0, 4500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-329 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 329 0.045, 0.072, 0.090 450.0, 900.0, 1800.0, 2700.0, 3600.0, 4500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-388 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 388 0.125, 0.200, 0.250 1250.0, 2500.0, 5000.0, 7500.0, 10000.0, 12500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-388 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 388 0.060, 0.096, 0.120 600.0, 1200.0, 2400.0, 3600.0, 4800.0, 6000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-392 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 392 0.125, 0.200, 0.250 1250.0, 2500.0, 5000.0, 7500.0, 10000.0, 12500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-393 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 393 0.060, 0.096, 0.120 600.0, 1200.0, 2400.0, 3600.0, 4800.0, 6000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-433 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 433 0.075, 0.120, 0.150 750.0, 1500.0, 3000.0, 4500.0, 6000.0, 7500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-439 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 439 0.075, 0.120, 0.150 750.0, 1500.0, 3000.0, 4500.0, 6000.0, 7500.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-517 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 517 0.100, 0.160, 0.200 1000.0, 2000.0, 4000.0, 6000.0, 8000.0, 10000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-524 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 524 0.100, 0.160, 0.200 1000.0, 2000.0, 4000.0, 6000.0, 8000.0, 10000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-581.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 581.5 0.250, 0.400, 0.495, 0.500 2500.0, 5000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 25000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-588.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 588.5 0.250, 0.400, 0.495, 0.500 2500.0, 5000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 25000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-650 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 650 0.150, 0.240, 0.300 1500.0, 3000.0, 6000.0, 9000.0, 12000.0, 15000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-658.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 658.5 0.150, 0.240, 0.300 1500.0, 3000.0, 6000.0, 9000.0, 12000.0, 15000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-775.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 775.5 0.200, 0.320, 0.400 2000.0, 4000.0, 8000.0, 12000.0, 16000.0, 20000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-785.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 785.5 0.200, 0.320, 0.400 2000.0, 4000.0, 8000.0, 12000.0, 16000.0, 20000.0 2ns - 5ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Q-Shift Series Quantas-Q-SHIFT-WXXXX Pulsed DPSS Lasers Multiple Wavelength Options Varies Varies 2ns - 5ns 100Hz Active
Nanosecond DPSS laser Quantas-Q-SPARK-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 0.010 10000.0 800ps, 2ns 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q-SPARK-266: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q-SPARK-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.010 1500.0 2ns 20Hz Active
Quantas-Q-SPARK-355: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q-SPARK-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.010 2500.0 2ns 20Hz Active
Quantas-Q-SPARK-532: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q-SPARK-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 0.010 2500.0 2ns 20Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-1053: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-1053 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1053 0.100, 0.125, 0.160, 0.200, 0.250, 0.300, 0.400, 0.500 2500.0, 5000.0, 8000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 25000.0, 45000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas Q1 QLI Quantas-Q1-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 0.100, 0.125, 0.160, 0.200, 0.250, 0.300, 0.320, 0.350, 0.500 2500.0, 5000.0, 8000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 25000.0, 35000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-211: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-211 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 211 0.005, 0.008, 0.010, 0.014, 0.024, 0.025 100.0, 200.0, 400.0, 500.0, 700.0, 1000.0, 1200.0, 2500.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-213: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-213 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 213 0.005, 0.008, 0.010, 0.014, 0.020, 0.024, 0.025 100.0, 200.0, 400.0, 500.0, 700.0, 1000.0, 1200.0, 2000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-263: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-263 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 263 0.015, 0.020, 0.030, 0.036, 0.060, 0.070, 0.075 300.0, 700.0, 1000.0, 1500.0, 1800.0, 3000.0, 7000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-266: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.015, 0.020, 0.030, 0.036, 0.050, 0.060, 0.075 300.0, 700.0, 1000.0, 1500.0, 1800.0, 3000.0, 5000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-351: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-351 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.030, 0.050, 0.060, 0.075, 0.100, 0.130, 0.150 600.0, 1500.0, 2500.0, 3000.0, 5000.0, 6000.0, 7500.0, 13000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-355: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.030, 0.050, 0.060, 0.075, 0.100, 0.150 600.0, 1500.0, 2500.0, 3000.0, 5000.0, 6000.0, 7500.0, 10000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-527: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-527 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 527 0.050, 0.060, 0.080, 0.100, 0.125, 0.150, 0.220, 0.250 1200.0, 2500.0, 4000.0, 5000.0, 7500.0, 10000.0, 12500.0, 22000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q1-532: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q1-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 0.050, 0.060, 0.080, 0.100, 0.125, 0.150, 0.170, 0.250 1200.0, 2500.0, 4000.0, 5000.0, 7500.0, 10000.0, 12500.0, 17000.0 10ns Single Shot to 10Hz, Single Shot to 20Hz, Single Shot to 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-1053: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-1053 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1053 0.080, 0.100, 0.150, 0.200, 0.300, 0.350, 0.400, 0.500, 0.600, 0.800, 1.0, 1.3, 2.0 8000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 30000.0, 35000.0, 40000.0, 50000.0, 60000.0, 65000.0, 70000.0, 80000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-1064: High Energy, Compact, Nanosecond, DPSS Laser Quantas-Q2-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 0.080, 0.100, 0.150, 0.200, 0.300, 0.350, 0.400, 0.500, 0.600, 0.700, 0.800, 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 2.0 2500.0, 5000.0, 8000.0, 10000.0, 15000.0, 20000.0, 30000.0, 35000.0, 40000.0, 60000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns, 10ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-211: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-211 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 211 0.035, 0.060, 0.080, 0.120 20.0, 500.0, 1000.0, 1800.0, 2500.0, 3000.0, 5000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-213: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-213 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 213 0.060, 0.075, 0.080, 0.120, 0.150 20.0, 500.0, 1000.0, 1800.0, 2500.0, 3000.0, 5000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns, 10ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-263: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-263 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 263 0.110, 0.200, 0.300, 0.330 100.0, 1500.0, 5000.0, 6000.0, 10000.0, 12000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-266: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.160, 0.200, 0.250, 0.500, 0.600 100.0, 5000.0, 6000.0, 8000.0, 12000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns, 10ns 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-351: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-351 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 351 0.200, 0.500, 0.600, 1.0 300.0, 3000.0, 12000.0, 15000.0, 18000.0, 20000.0, 30000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-355: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.340, 0.500, 0.600, 1.0, 1.2 300.0, 4000.0, 12000.0, 15000.0, 18000.0, 20000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns, 10ns 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz Active
Quantas-Q2-527: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2-527 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 527 0.350, 0.800, 1.0, 2.0 500.0, 5000.0, 15000.0, 25000.0, 30000.0, 35000.0, 40000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas Q2 QLI Quantas-Q2-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 0.500, 0.750, 0.800, 1.0, 2.0 500.0, 5000.0, 25000.0, 30000.0, 35000.0, 40000.0 5ns, 6ns, 7ns, 8ns, 10ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 33.3Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-1053: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-1053 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1053 1.2, 2.0 40000.0, 100000.0, 120000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-1064: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 1.0, 1.6, 2.0, 3.5, 4.0 40000.0, 70000.0, 80000.0, 100000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-211 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 211 0.050, 0.075, 0.080 1500.0, 4000.0, 5000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-213: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-213 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 213 0.040, 0.070, 0.075, 0.150 1500.0, 3000.0, 3500.0, 4000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-263: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-263 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 263 0.180, 0.250, 0.300 5000.0, 15000.0, 18000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-266: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.600 5000.0, 10000.0 7ns 20Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-351: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-351 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 351 0.350, 0.600 12000.0, 30000.0, 35000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-355: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.300, 0.500, 0.600, 1.0, 1.2 12000.0, 20000.0, 25000.0, 30000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-527: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-527 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 527 0.600, 1.0 20000.0, 50000.0, 60000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE-532: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 0.500, 0.800, 1.0, 1.75, 2.0 20000.0, 35000.0, 40000.0, 50000.0 6ns 10Hz, 20Hz, 50Hz, 100Hz Active
Quantas-Q2HE: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser Quantas-Q2HE-XXX-XXXX Pulsed DPSS Lasers Multiple Wavelength Options Varies Varies Varies 100Hz Active
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 1064 0.008, 0.012, 0.040, 0.110, 0.150, 0.200, 0.225, 0.400 2.0, 15.0, 20.0, 30.0, 40.0, 60.0, 80.0 400ps, 1.3ns 100Hz, 200Hz, 1kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, 55kHz, 100kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-236.5 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 236.5 0.001 0.200, 2.0 2ns 500Hz, 5kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 266 0.002, 0.005 0.500, 1.0, 2.0 1.3ns 1kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 355 0.010 1.0 1.3ns 5kHz, 10kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-473 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 473 0.0009, 0.010, 0.015 1.0, 3.0, 9.0 2ns 100Hz, 5kHz, 10kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 532 0.004, 0.006, 0.010, 0.017, 0.020, 0.030, 0.040, 0.075, 0.100 0.300, 7.0, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, 30.0, 40.0 400ps, 1.3ns 10Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz, 1kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, 55kHz, 100kHz Passive
Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser SB1-946 Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Microchip Lasers 946 0.004, 0.060, 0.070, 0.105 7.0 2ns 100Hz, 5kHz, 10kHz Passive
Sirius-532: Picosecond DPSS lasers Sirius GR Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 532 2.0 32.0 10ps Single shot to 1MHz Active
Sirius-532: Picosecond DPSS lasers Sirius IR Pulsed DPSS Lasers, Ultrafast Lasers 1064 5.0 60.0 10ps Single shot to 1MHz Active
SOL-06: 1064nm compact nanosecond laser SOL-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 6.0, 10.0, 20.0, 30.0, 40.0 300.0, 450.0, 900.0, 1500.0, 2000.0 5ns - 35ns, 7ns - 35ns, 10ns - 40ns, 10ns - 50ns, 15ns - 60ns Single Shot to 100kHz Active
SOL-355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 4.0 650.0 15ns - 35ns Single Shot to 100kHz Active
SOL-03-532: 532nm Nanosecond Laser SOL-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 3.0, 5.0, 10.0 200.0, 400.0, 650.0 15ns - 70ns, 10ns - 50ns, 10ns - 60ns Single Shot to 100kHz Active
VaryDisk E150 VaryDisk E150 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1030 150.0 150000.0 2ps - 1ns 1kHz to 10kHz Active
Vento-1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 16.0, 25.0, 40.0 600.0, 1000.0, 1500.0 500ps - 1.5ns 50kHz to 120kHz, 80kHz to 200kHz Active
Vento-532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 8.0, 15.0, 20.0 300.0, 550.0, 750.0 500ps - 1.2ns 50kHz to 120kHz, 80kHz to 200kHz Active
Wedge-B-1064 Wedge-HB/XB 1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 4.0 2000.0, 4000.0 1.5ns Single shot to 1kHz, Single shot to 2kHz Active
Wedge-B-266 Wedge-HB/XB 266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.300, 0.500 150.0, 500.0 1.5ns, 1.8ns Single shot to 2kHz Active
Wedge-B-355 Wedge-HB/XB 355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.400, 0.600 200.0, 600.0 1.2ns, 1.5ns Single shot to 1kHz, Single shot to 2kHz Active
Wedge-B-532 Wedge-HB/XB 532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 2.0 1000.0, 2000.0 1.5ns Single shot to 1kHz, Single shot to 2kHz Active
Wedge-F-1064 Wedge-HF/XF 1064 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1064 1.5, 4.0 70.0, 180.0 400ps - 1.6ns, 700ps - 2.5ns 10kHz to 100kHz, 50kHz to 200kHz Active
Wedge-F-266 Wedge-HF/XF 266 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 266 0.050, 0.180 5.0, 15.0 400ps - 700ps, 500ps - 1ns 10kHz to 50kHz Active
Wedge-HF-355: 355nm compact nanosecond laser Wedge-HF/XF 355 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 355 0.800 40.0 500ps - 1ns 10kHz to 50kHz Active
Wedge-F-532 Wedge-HF/XF 532 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 532 0.500, 1.5, 2.0, 4.0 30.0, 40.0, 80.0, 120.0 400ps - 1ns, 500ps - 1.5ns, 750ps - 2ns, 750ps - 2.5ns 10kHz to 100kHz, Single shot to 10kHz Active
Wedge-XB 1572 Pulsed DPSS Lasers 1572 0.800 8000.0 2.5ns 1kHz Active
Wedge-XB 3um Pulsed DPSS Lasers 3106 0.200 100.0 3ns Single shot to 2kHz Active

FL-P Series

1um 1.5um Pulsed Fiber LasersRPMC offers a variety of standard and custom pulsed fiber laser options. Available in both OEM and Turnkey formats, our 1um, 1.5um and 2um fiber lasers are manufactured to Telcordia standards and can be modified to meet your applications requirements. With available average powers up to 10W at 1um and 1.5um, peak powers up to 25kW, pulse widths in the range of 200ps to 100ns, and available options such as pulse monitoring, internal and external triggering, TTL or LVDS input signals, extended operating temperature range, and a robust design, our pulse series of fiber lasers are suitable for a wide range of applications. Customized configurations are available upon request.

Aero Series

Aero Laser by Bright SolutionsThe Aero Series is a high-energy DPSS laser that operates at less than 15 nanoseconds and with average power up to 200mJ at 1064nm and 100mJ at 532nm. All models come enclosed in an extremely compact and ruggedized single unit with a conductively cooled heatsink with a water-cooled option. It comes with available options for beam expanding and collimating optics. This new laser series is ideal for applications like LIBS, spectroscopy, and Atmospheric LIDAR.

Airtrac-MIL Series

AIRTRAC-LD

The AIRTRAC-MIL series, from Areté Associates, is a ruggedized, high-shock, ultra-compact, actively q-switched, low-SWaP, DPSS laser, available with >90 mJ of pulse energy. Fully compliant NATO STANAG 3733 configurations for laser designation are available in a complete system weighing less than 1 lb. The athermal design of the AIRTRAC ensures high laser pulse energy, stable performance over the full temperature range with low beam divergence.

Alcor Series

Alcor

ALCOR is the most advanced femtosecond fiber laser emitting at 920 nm or 1064 nm, designed explicitly for multiphoton microscopy instrumentation and industrial OEM integration, working with 24/7 operation in an ultra-compact, robust and air-cooled format. Featuring the Alcor 920 4W, with the highest average power commercially available, as well as the XSight and FLeX Fiber external modules, allowing for fine & fast gating and power control, GDD precompensation, and fiber-coupling (FleX Fiber). 520 nm, 780 nm, and 1040 nm versions also available.

Altair Series

Altair: Femtosecond Laser

The ALTAIR is an ideal solution for biophotonics applications such as multiphoton microscopy where deep excitation of red-shifted indicators such as RCaMP, dtTomato, and MCherry is required.  Providing <160fs pulses, average power up to 20W and peak power up to 1.5MW at 1µm, the ALTAIR is the preferred solution for both OEM and researchers in the microscopy and lifesciences fields.  The fiber-based design ensures robust and reliable 24/7 operation while providing supreme pulse quality from a user friendly, ultra compact air-cooled package.

Antares Series

Antares

ANTARES is a picosecond, quasi-continuous wave laser with a high repetition rate up to 80 MHz and a narrow linewidth, in a very compact and robust format. This laser series offers average powers of 1 to 40W at 1030 nm or 1064 nm (upon request) and can be doubled or tripled in the harmonics to answer even the most challenging industrial and scientific applications. ANTARES is ideally suited for applications such as CARS and spectroscopy applications.

CEUV Series

R0Z2-Image-Compact-Efficient-UV-LaserAreté has developed a commercial series of compact and efficient DPSS laser sources, capable of operating over a wide range of pulsing conditions (duty-cycle and PRF), in a low SWaP package, with average power up to ≈5W @ 266nm, 10W @ 355nm or 532nm, 20W @ 1064nm, suitable for airborne applications. The design has been tested in brassboard hardware and a prototype is being developed.

Diadem Series

DIADEM Series

DIADEM Series is a compact, air-cooled, high energy ultrafast laser for advanced micro-machining applications that require short femtosecond pulse widths. The Diadem is available with up to 40µJ of pulse energy, 30W of average power, and operation up to 1MHz (standard), with pulses below <400 fs and an M² < 1.2. This laser has been specifically designed for demanding medical implantable device and electronics manufacturing as well as high peak power optogenetics applications.

Jenlas Fiber ns

The Jenlas Fiber ns series of nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers at 1085nm are available with up to 105W, 190 to 250 nanoseconds pulse widths, and peak pulse powers of up to 8 kilowatts. for precise material processing and cutting applications.

MicroMake Series

MicroMake: Micromachining Laser SystemMicroMake Series from Bright System is an integrated compact laser micromachining system for high precision and resolution applications such as ablation and cutting of programmable arbitrary shapes. The sub-nanosecond MicroMake series is a flexible platform capable of >35kW of peak power and processing speeds up to 40mm/second. The system includes all the needed devices for direct laser micro-processing in a single monolithic air-cooled configuration. Live microscope imaging of the sample is offered during all process phases for alignment and immediate quality check. All these features perfectly suit a large variety of materials utilized in the fields of microelectronic circuits, displays fabrication and correction, biomedical device machining and optical substrates microprocessing.

Nps Series

Nps-1064-10

The new, ultrafast NPS Series features up to 10W average output power, <7ps pulse width, and a 40MHz repetition rate. The transform-limited operation, with a spectral width of < 0.3nm, and remarkably accurate central wavelength (1064.3 +/- 0.1nm) make the NPS Series a suitable candidate for highly efficient amplification by Nd-doped DPSS amplifiers. Therefore, opening the way to nonlinear optics applications like OPO pumping, and narrowband Raman Spectroscopy.

Onda Series

Onda 532nm: 532nm High Energy Laser

The Onda Series is a DPSS nanosecond OEM laser platform aimed at high-end applications requiring both excellent beam quality and high peak power in materials such as metals, glass, plastics, and various delicate and hard materials. Developed initially as a high-energy seeder for advanced MOPA laser systems, the Onda is now available as a standalone device operating at the wavelengths of 266, 355, 532 and 1064nm. The compactness and ease of use allow for superior operation flexibility and performance / cost ratio.

One Series

One-1030-100: 1030nm Miniature Q-Switched Laser

The One Series is a compact, passively q-switched laser operating at the fundamental wavelength of 1030nm. Available in a high energy configurations (up to 100uJ) as well as a high average power configurations (up to 3W). The One Series can be configured in a fixed operational rep rate configuration, or an externally triggerable configuration. The One series is utilized in a variety of applications spanning from material process to air-borne LiDAR.

OT Series

The OT series of Erbium Glass lasers are ultra-compact, high energy q-switched, solid-state lasers that are well suited for rugged, field applications such as active night vision and rangefinding. These air-cooled lasers are available in both lamp-pumped and diode-pumped configurations, with passive and active Q-switching options. With over 10,000 units in the field, the OT series is a proven technology operating in some of the more challenging laser environments.

Q-TUNE Series

Q-TUNE-IR

The Q-TUNE series is a high energy, compact, tunable wavelength laser consisting of an Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) capable of producing a tunable wavelength range of 410-2300 nm with a linewidth narrower than 6 cm-1. Optional second harmonic generator extends the tuning range to 210-410 nm.
The combination of a pulse duration shorter than 5ns and an upper repetition rate of 100Hz, makes the Q-TUNE a perfect coherent light source for temporally resolved spectroscopy, metrology, photo-acoustic imaging and remote sensing applications.

Q-TUNE-IR Series

Q-TUNE-IR The Q-TUNE-IR uses an Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) to produce tunable wavelength in 1380 – 4500 nm range with a linewidth less than 10 cm-1, achieving > 6.5mJ of pulse energy @ 3500nm for the F-10 configuration (> 2mJ @ 3500nm for C-10) with a 10Hz repetition rate. A broadband version with linewidth up to 200 cm-1 is also available by request.  The Q-TUNE-IR requires little maintenance, with all laser electronics integrated into the housing, including an air-cooling system, eliminating the need for chillers, or large power supplies, all while providing a guaranteed pump diode lifetime greater than 2 giga-shots.

Q-SHIFT Series

Q-Shift SeriesThe Quantas-Q-SHIFT series is a family of Q-switched DPSS lasers featuring a built‑in nonlinear wavelength conversion stage, allowing the production of wavelengths that are not accessible with conventional solid-state laser sources, including 1163, 1177, 1300, 1317, 1551 and 1571nm. An optional harmonics generator is also available for for the Q-SHIFT, allowing generation of up to the 4th harmonic for each fundamental wavelength.

Q-Spark

Quantas-Q-SPARK-266: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser

The Q-SPARK series, from Quantum Light Instruments Ltd., features a short <1.5 ns pulse with pulse energies up to 10 mJ. Due to the short cavity design, pulse durations of <800ps are achievable with pulse energies up to 5mJ. The innovative water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology produces a Gaussian-like, low divergence, high peak power laser beam in compact, air-cooled package.

Q1 Series

Quantas-Q1-211: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser

The Q1 series is a compact, energy-efficient, diode pumped, air-cooled, Q-switched laser available at 1064 and 1053nm with up to 45 mJ of pulse energy and rep rates up to 50Hz. The high peak powers and low divergence of the Q1 series enable efficient harmonic conversion through the 5th harmonic (213 or 211nm). The innovative laser design has resulted in a user-friendly, turnkey system that requires little maintenance.

Q2 Series

Quantas Q2 QLI

The Q2 series is a versatile, diode pumped, air-cooled, Q-switched laser capable of achieving up to 80mJ of pulse energy with an operational rep rate up to 100Hz. Available at the fundamental wavelengths of 1064 and 1053nm, the innovative water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology produces Gaussian-like, low divergence laser beams with high peak powers, enabling efficient harmonics conversion through the 5th harmonic.

Q2HE Series

Quantas-Q2HE-211: High energy, compact, nanosecond, DPSS laser

The Q2HE series, from Quantum Light Instruments Ltd., features an innovative water-free laser crystal cooling technology that enables generation of high quality laser beams with up to 100 mJ pulse energy and/or up to 4 W of average output power. Featuring a pulse duration of less than 7 ns and a low beam divergence, the Q2HE is capable of achieving efficient fundamental wavelength conversion through the 5th harmonics of 213/211 nm.

Microchip Series

Bright Microlaser Microchip SB1 Laser

The Microchip Series, from BrightMicroLaser, are ultra-compact, passively q-switched, single longitudinal mode (SLM), narrow linewidth, DPSS lasers that feature pulse durations from 400 ps to 2 ns, energy levels up to 80 uJ and repetition rates up to 100 kHz. In addition to the fundamental 1064 nm wavelength and its harmonics (532, 355 and 266 nm), we also deliver units emitting at 946 and 473 nm.

Sirius Series

Sirius-532: Picosecond DPSS lasers

SIRIUS is a very compact, high energy hybrid ultrafast laser for advanced micro-machining applications and supercontinuum pumping, offering over 120µJ and > 5 W, with pulses below 10 ps from single shot to 1MHz and an M² of < 1.2. This laser series specifically designed to allow for ergonomic and user-friendly operation. SIRIUS is ideally suited for selective ablation, electronics, and photonic applications.

SOL Series

SOL-03-532: 532nm Nanosecond Laser

The SOL Series is the most compact Q-switched Diode Pumped Solid State laser available in the power range from 6W to 40W @ 1064nm. Sol versions @ 532nn are also available with the same footprint. These air-cooled DPSS lasers are offered in a rugged and lightweight Single Unit, designed to allow easy and reliable integration in micro-machining and marking applications. Compactness, insensitivity to environmental conditions and ease of handling guarantee superior operation flexibility and performance/cost ratio.

VaryDisk Series

VaryDisk E150The VaryDisk Series platform is a high energy, multi-milli-Joule laser system for laboratory investigations or industrial use. This is a thin disk regenerative amplifier for amplification of femtosecond, picosecond or nanosecond pulses with amplification factors in the order of 10⁶. The output specifications can be chosen according to our customers needs, mainly by choice of the seed laser (multiple seed lasers are possible) and various options available. The base configuration typically provides up to 150 W average power @ 1030 nm, 15 – 150 mJ pulse energy with 1 ns pulse width (compressible to < 2 ps), and a repetition rate range from 1 kHz to 10 kHz.

Vento Series

Vento-532-7: 532nm Picosecond DPSS Laser

The Vento Series of sub-ns DPSS active Q-Switched lasers produce pulses in the hundreds of ps range with average power up to 50 W @ 532 nm and up to 100 W @ 1064 nm. Ideal for micromachining, fine cutting and precision LIDAR, all the models are enclosed in an extremely compact and ruggedized single unit with both air-cooled and water-cooled options available.

Wedge Series

Wedge-XF-1064: 1064nm Picosecond Laser

The Wedge series of DPSS Lasers have been designed for OEM applications like micro machining of hard and soft materials, specialty marking, glass and crystals engraving, LIDAR, LIBS, Spectroscopy and medical diagnostics. High peak powers, with relatively low energy and heat generation, allows efficient ablation and non-linear interaction with most materials. The compact and lightweight package represents a great benefit in LIDAR and other aerospace applications, while short pulses give extremely precise time-of-flight measurements.
Second Harmonic (532 nm output) and wavelength conversion option widen the product application range.

Pulsed Lasers FAQs
What is a Pulsed Laser?

A pulsed laser is any laser that does not emit a continuous-wave (CW) laser beam. Instead, they emit light pulses at some duration with some period of ‘off’ time between pulses and a frequency measured in cycles per second (Hz). There are several different methods for pulse generation, including passive and active q-switching and mode-locking. Pulsed lasers store energy and release it in these pulses or energy packets. This pulsing can be very beneficial, for example, when machining certain materials or features. The pulse can rapidly deliver the stored energy, with downtime in between, preventing too much heat from building up in the material. If you would like to read more about q-switches and the pros and cons of passive vs active q-switches, check out this blog “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Passive vs Active Q-Switching,” or check out our Overview of Pulsed Lasers section on our Lasers 101 Page!

What is a Pulsed Laser?

A pulsed laser is any laser that does not emit a continuous-wave (CW) laser beam. Instead, they emit light pulses at some duration with some period of ‘off’ time between pulses and a frequency measured in cycles per second (Hz). There are several different methods for pulse generation, including passive and active q-switching and mode-locking. Pulsed lasers store energy and release it in these pulses or energy packets. This pulsing can be very beneficial, for example, when machining certain materials or features. The pulse can rapidly deliver the stored energy, with downtime in between, preventing too much heat from building up in the material.

What is the best laser for LIDAR?

There are actually numerous laser types that work well for various LIDAR and 3D Scanning applications. The answer comes down to what you want to measure or map. If your target is stationary, and distance is the only necessary measurement, short-pulsed lasers, with pulse durations of a few nanoseconds (even <1ns) and high pulse energy are what you’re looking for. This is also accurate for 3D scanning applications (given a stationary, albeit a much closer target), but select applications can also benefit from frequency-modulated, single-frequency (narrow-linewidth) fiber lasers. If your target is moving, and speed is the critical measurement, you need a single-frequency laser to ensure accurate measurement of the Doppler shift. If you want to learn more about the various forms of LIDAR and the critical laser source requirements, check out our LIDAR page for a list of detailed articles, as well as all the LIDAR laser source products we offer. Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, FAQs, and Press Release pages in our Knowledge Center!

What is the best laser for LIDAR?

There are actually numerous laser types that work well for various LIDAR and 3D Scanning applications. The answer comes down to what you want to measure or map. If your target is stationary, and distance is the only necessary measurement, short-pulsed lasers, with pulse durations of a few nanoseconds (even <1ns) and high pulse energy are what you’re looking for. This is also accurate for 3D scanning applications (given a stationary, albeit a much closer target), but select applications can also benefit from frequency-modulated, single-frequency (narrow-linewidth) fiber lasers. If your target is moving, and speed is the critical measurement, you need a single-frequency laser to ensure accurate measurement of the Doppler shift.

What is the best laser for tattoo removal?

Similar to laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal utilizes a process known as selective photothermolysis to target the embedded ink in the epidermis and dermis.  Photothermolysis is the use of laser microsurgery to selectively target tissue utilizing specific wavelengths of light to heat and destroy the tissue without affecting its surroundings.  In laser tattoo removal this is accomplished by using a focused q-switched laser with a fluence of approximately 10 J/cm2, to heat the ink molecules locally.  Since the q-switched laser’s pulse duration (100 ps to 10 ns) is shorter than the thermal relaxation time of the ink molecules it prevents heat diffusion from taking place.  In addition to minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue, this rapid localized heating results in a large thermal differential, resulting in a shock wave which breaks apart the ink molecules. If you would like more details on pulsed lasers for tattoo removal applications, see our Aesthetics Lasers page here! Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, and FAQ pages in our Knowledge Center!

What is the best laser for tattoo removal?

Similar to laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal utilizes a process known as selective photothermolysis to target the embedded ink in the epidermis and dermis.  Photothermolysis is the use of laser microsurgery to selectively target tissue utilizing specific wavelengths of light to heat and destroy the tissue without affecting its surroundings.  In laser tattoo removal this is accomplished by using a focused q-switched laser with a fluence of approximately 10 J/cm2, to heat the ink molecules locally.  Since the q-switched laser’s pulse duration (100 ps to 10 ns) is shorter than the thermal relaxation time of the ink molecules it prevents heat diffusion from taking place.  In addition to minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue, this rapid localized heating results in a large thermal differential, resulting in a shock wave which breaks apart the ink molecules.

What is the best laser type for multi-photon microscopy?

Multiphoton excitation requires high peak power pulses. Previously, wavelength tunable Ti:Sapphire lasers dominated this area, leading to the development of standard methods using a conventional pulse regime with typically 100-150 fs pulse duration, 80 MHz repetition rate, and watt level average power with specific wavelengths such as 800 nm, 920 nm, and 1040-1080 nm. Recently, femtosecond pulsed fiber lasers have started becoming the optimal solution due to their low relatively low fluence, limiting damage to living samples. Other advantages provided by fs fiber lasers include a more attractive price point, very compact and robust format, high electrical efficiency, high reliability, and less maintenance of cost of ownership. If you would like more details on why fs fiber lasers are becoming the optimal choice for multi-photon excitation applications, read this article: “Higher Power fs Fiber Lasers to Image Better, Deeper & Faster.” Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, FAQs, and Press Release pages in our Knowledge Center!

What is the best laser type for multi-photon microscopy?

Multiphoton excitation requires high peak power pulses. Previously, wavelength tunable Ti:Sapphire lasers dominated this area, leading to the development of standard methods using a conventional pulse regime with typically 100-150 fs pulse duration, 80 MHz repetition rate, and watt level average power with specific wavelengths such as 800 nm, 920 nm, and 1040-1080 nm. Recently, femtosecond pulsed fiber lasers have started becoming the optimal solution due to their low relatively low fluence, limiting damage to living samples. Other advantages provided by fs fiber lasers include a more attractive price point, very compact and robust format, high electrical efficiency, high reliability, and less maintenance of cost of ownership.

What is the difference between active and passive q-switching?

There are a wide variety of q-switch technologies, but the technique as a whole can be broken down into two primary categories of q-switches, passive and active. Active q-switches could be a mechanical shutter device, an optical chopper wheel, or spinning mirror / prism inside the optical cavity, relying on a controllable, user set on/off ability. Passive q-switches use a saturable absorber, which can be a crystal (typically Cr:YAG), a passive semiconductor, or a special dye, and automatically produce pulses based on it’s design. Both passive and active q-switching techniques produce short pulses and high peak powers, but they each have their pros and cons. When choosing between actively q-switched and passively q-switched lasers, the key is to understand the tradeoffs between cost/size and triggering/energy and decide which is best for your particular application. Read more about these tradeoffs in this article: “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Passive vs Active Q-Switching.” Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, FAQs, and Press Release pages in our Knowledge Center!

What is the difference between active and passive q-switching?

There are a wide variety of q-switch technologies, but the technique as a whole can be broken down into two primary categories of q-switches, passive and active. Active q-switches could be a mechanical shutter device, an optical chopper wheel, or spinning mirror / prism inside the optical cavity, relying on a controllable, user set on/off ability. Passive q-switches use a saturable absorber, which can be a crystal (typically Cr:YAG), a passive semiconductor, or a special dye, and automatically produce pulses based on it’s design. Both passive and active q-switching techniques produce short pulses and high peak powers, but they each have their pros and cons. When choosing between actively q-switched and passively q-switched lasers, the key is to understand the tradeoffs between cost/size and triggering/energy and decide which is best for your particular application.

What type of laser is used for LIBS?

A laser source used for LIBS must have a sufficiently large energy density to ablate the sample in as short a time possible. Typically, pulsed DPSS lasers take center stage here. However, it’s been shown that pulsed fiber lasers can also be a great option. For example, you could utilize fiber lasers to measure detection limits as low as micrograms per gram (µg/g) for many common metals and alloys, including aluminum, lithium, magnesium, and beryllium. Analytical performances showed to be, in some cases, close to those obtainable with a traditional high-energy Nd:YAG laser. The beam quality of fiber lasers, in conjunction with longer pulse widths, resulted in significantly deeper and cleaner ablation craters. If you want to learn more about LIBS and ideal laser sources, check out either this blog: “OEM Fiber Lasers for Industrial Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy,” or this blog: “Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) in Biomedical Applications.” Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, FAQs, and Press Release pages in our Knowledge Center!

What type of laser is used for LIBS?

A laser source used for LIBS must have a sufficiently large energy density to ablate the sample in as short a time possible. Typically, pulsed DPSS lasers take center stage here. However, it’s been shown that pulsed fiber lasers can also be a great option. For example, you could utilize fiber lasers to measure detection limits as low as micrograms per gram (µg/g) for many common metals and alloys, including aluminum, lithium, magnesium, and beryllium. Analytical performances showed to be, in some cases, close to those obtainable with a traditional high-energy Nd:YAG laser. The beam quality of fiber lasers, in conjunction with longer pulse widths, resulted in significantly deeper and cleaner ablation craters.

Which IR laser is best for laser target designation?

There are many different types of laser designation systems used by the military today. Still, they all share the same basic functionality and outcome. At a glance, the laser requirements seem relatively straightforward. The laser needs to be invisible to the human eye, and it needs to have a programmable pulse rate. Still, when you look in more detail, many small factors add up to big problems if not appropriately addressed. Excellent divergence and beam pointing stability, low timing jitter, and rugged, low SWaP design are all critical features of a good laser designation source. Read more on these critical features in this article: “What are the Critical Laser Source Requirements for Laser Designation?” Get more information from our Lasers 101, Blogs, Whitepapers, FAQs, and Press Release pages in our Knowledge Center!

Which IR laser is best for laser target designation?

There are many different types of laser designation systems used by the military today. Still, they all share the same basic functionality and outcome. At a glance, the laser requirements seem relatively straightforward. The laser needs to be invisible to the human eye, and it needs to have a programmable pulse rate. Still, when you look in more detail, many small factors add up to big problems if not appropriately addressed. Excellent divergence and beam pointing stability, low timing jitter, and rugged, low SWaP design are all critical features of a good laser designation source.