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 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 a wide range of pulse widths from femtoseconds through milliseconds, with repetition rates ranging from single shot to Mhz.
Active 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
Passive Q-Switched Lasers contain a Saturable Absorber that, when continuously pumped, produces a regular pulse train. Due to the passive nature of this technology, passively q-switched lasers exhibit higher jitters than actively q-switched lasers. 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 – Increased timing jitter, 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.
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.
Welcome to our ‘How To Select A Pulsed Laser’ section, designed to help you down-select to an appropriate range of Pulsed Laser options, based on your unique requirements. In short, we explain how we define and organize our vast product portfolio, and how you can use our filters and product table to quickly find viable options to suite your needs.
Pulse Width Selection:
If you need a pulsed laser, a good starting point would be filtering for Pulse Width. Here we will explain our Pulse Width categories and how we define the differences. Finally, we provide some examples of typical Pulsed Laser applications, per category.
Femtosecond (fs) Lasers – in the Ultrafast Laser category – generate incredibly high peak pulse powers, extremely short pulse widths, and allow for what is known as ‘Cold Ablation.’ In short, cold ablation allows for material to be removed without heating the residual matter. Therefore, these lasers produce minimal heat affected zones (HAZ), splatter, or significant recast, and typically eliminates the need for post processing. Furthermore, the high peak power and short pulse width of Femtosecond Lasers is ideal for a wide range of applications. For example, especially for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Two-Photon/Multi-Photon Microscopy, Second Harmonic Generation (SHG), and Micromachining of many materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, coatings, glass, plastics, diamonds, and PET. In short, on a watt-to-watt basis, quality, material penetration depth, and throughput increase as the pulse duration decreases. Finally, material to wavelength dependency is lower at these shorter pulse durations.
Picosecond Lasers – 300ps:
Under 300 Picosecond Lasers (shorter picosecond pulses – e.g. ≈10ps and less) are also considered Ultrafast Lasers, producing results similar to those of a Femtosecond Laser, generating high peak powers and short pulse widths, providing cold ablation processing, with minimal HAZ, typically at a lower price point than a Femtosecond Laser.
Over 300 Picosecond Lasers (sub-nanosecond pulses) tend to act more like their Nanosecond Laser counterparts. Therefore, the high peak power and short pulse widths of >300 Picosecond Lasers are ideal for a wide range of applications. For example, for material processing and machining applications, such as Laser Texturing, Trimming, and Drilling.
Nanosecond (ns) Lasers, sometimes referred to as Nanolasers, are the most common category of q-switched Pulsed Lasers used today. In short, these lasers generate high peak powers and short pulse widths. However, the pulses are nowhere near as short, nor do they reach the peak power levels of their Ultrafast Laser counterparts. Therefore, the high peak power and short pulse widths of these lasers are ideal for a wide range of applications. For example, Material Processing, LIBS, Laser Designation, and Laser Marking. To clarify, unlike Femtosecond and Picosecond Lasers, Nanosecond Lasers induce heat into a material to remove or alter it. Finally, Nanosecond Laser applications are often wavelength specific, due to material absorption characteristics in this pulse regime.
Many applications are wavelength specific due to a sample’s absorption characteristics, or a systems detection limitation. Therefore, we offer a wide selection of wavelengths for our Pulsed lasers. We provide UV wavelengths, good for LIBS, Fluorescence Lifetime, and Raman Spectroscopy, IR wavelengths from NIR to LWIR, good for Gas Sensing, LIDAR, and Laser Designation, and many wavelengths in between in between. In conclusion, if you know what wavelength you need, this can be a good way to filter out unnecessary options.
When it comes to the Repetition Rate, we group our lasers into the categories: Hz (1 – 999Hz), kHz (1kHz – 999kHz), and MHz (1MHz – 999MHz). In short, Pulsed Lasers with lower repetition rates (e.g. Hz range) exhibit lower peak pulse powers and longer pulse widths. However, higher repetition rates (e.g. MHz) provide extremely high peak pulse powers and much shorter pulse widths, depending on a couple factors, like duty cycle.
Power is a function of pulse energy and repetition rate. Therefore, if you have a defined pulse energy requirement, you can easily calculate what Power you would have at any given repetition rate (Power = Energy / Rep. Rate). Finally, you can use the ‘Power Selection’ filter to down select to a more appropriate range of options.
Energy is a function of power and repetition rate. Therefore, if you have a defined average power requirement, you can easily calculate what Energy you would have at any given repetition rate (Energy = Power / Rep. Rate). Finally, you can use the ‘Energy Selection’ filter to down select to a more appropriate range of options.
For your convenience, and to help increase your in-site search results, we have grouped our pulsed laser offerings into segments, or “Types,” which you can read more about by clicking the links below.
Finally, if you happen to know of a particular series of lasers, you may simply filter to see all pulsed options for that series.
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Other important considerations for laser selection are the operating environment (Industrial, Mil, Space, Medical, R&D), for example, allowable laser footprint, power consumption, efficiency, ruggedness, cooling, and cost. In short, these factors further narrow your pulsed laser options and are often the primary deciding factors for laser selection. If you have any questions, or if you would like some assistance identifying a suitable pulsed laser for your application, please Contact Us here. Furthermore, you can email us at [email protected]to talk to a knowledgeable Product Manager.
Alternatively, use the filters on this page to assist in narrowing down the selection of pulsed lasers for sale. Finally, head to our Knowledge Center with our Lasers 101 page and Blogs, Whitepapers, and FAQ pages for further, in-depth reading.
The FL-P series offers a variety of standard and custom pulsed fiber laser options. Available in both OEM and Turnkey formats, our 1um and 1.5um 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.
The Aero Series is a high-energy DPSS laser that operates at less than 15 nanoseconds with multiple wavelength options including 266, 355, 532, and 1064nm.This seriesprovides unparalleled precision and accuracy in even the most challenging environments. 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 laser series is ideal for applications like LIBS, spectroscopy, and Atmospheric LIDAR.
The AIRTRAC-MIL series 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.
The CEUV series is a commercial line 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. This series of DPSS lasers provides a combination of compact, efficient, and high-power performance in a rugged design suitable for harsh environments and airborne applications. The design has been tested in brassboard hardware and a prototype is being developed.
The JenLas Fiber ns series is a versatile line of fiber lasers designed for OEM integrators, researchers, and applications specialists working with material processing applications. Available in 20, 30, 55, and 100W power configurations, this air-cooled laser series boasts reliable, industry-tested fiber laser technology and an adjustable pulse length. With pulse duration settings ranging from 50 to 200 nanoseconds and peak pulse powers of up to 8kW, this series offers improved performance and extended control capabilities, allowing for pulse repetition rates and pulse lengths to be changed by choosing different modes. The JenLas Fiber ns series is available with a complete set of customizable accessories, including laser controllers, beam expanders, and air or water cooling.
MicroMake 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.
The neoMOS ultrashort pulse laser series is a reliable and low maintenance system designed for 24/7 industrial use. Its ultra-compact laser head has the smallest footprint available, making it easy to integrate into different systems. The laser systems are highly flexible and can be customized to meet specific needs, providing a wide range of laser parameters and pulse durations. With available pulse durations between 700fs and 70ps, repetition rates from single-shot to 80MHz, up to 500µJ pulse energy, average output powers up to 100W, multi-megawatt peak powers, and perfect TEM00 beam quality, these lasers can tackle many applications and are ideal for processing demanding materials such as transparent glasses and plastics.
The NPS series of ultrafast lasers is the ultimate solution for OEM integrators and researchers working with nonlinear optics applications like OPO pumping and narrowband Raman spectroscopy. The NPS series boasts remarkable features such as 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 accurate central wavelengths make these lasers a suitable candidate for highly efficient amplification by Nd-doped DPSS amplifiers.
The Onda series is a DPSS nanosecond OEM laser platform designed for high-end applications requiring excellent beam quality and high peak power in materials such as metals, glass, plastics, and various delicate and hard materials. This compact and easy to use laser series is available in wavelengths of 266, 355, 532, and 1064nm, with an extended operating temperature range and superior performance to cost ratio. The Onda series’ internal optical layout and accurate temperature management enable high output energies without compromising the lifetime of the THG and FHG stages.
The One Series is a versatile, passively q-switched laser series designed specifically for OEM integrators and application specialists working with industrial and portable applications like materials processing and airborne LIDAR. With its compact size and ability to operate at a fundamental wavelength of 1030nm, this series offers exceptional performance for a range of applications. The One Series can be configured in a fixed operational rep rate configuration, or an externally triggerable configuration.Available in both high energy configurations (up to 100uJ) and high average power configurations (up to 3W), the One series is a reliable choice for any application.
The Q-TUNE-G series is a highly advanced air-cooled, tunable wavelength laser with seamless OPO integration. It offers hands-free, automated tuning from 680 to 2100 nm, delivering up to 12 mJ pulse energy in the near-IR range. With a <10 cm-¹ linewidth and up to 100 Hz pulse repetition rate, it’s ideal for photoacoustic imaging, non-linear spectroscopy, and more. The user-friendly web interface and microprocessor control ensure ease of use, while the water-free, air-cooled pump laser design optimizes performance. The Q-TUNE-G series sets a new standard in precision and efficiency for researchers across disciplines.
The Q-TUNE-IR series is the perfect high peak power, coherent, DPSS light source for researchers working with infrared spectroscopy applications. This series uses an Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) to produce tunable wavelength in the 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. 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.
The Q-TUNE series is a highly efficient, tunable wavelength laser designed for researchers working with temporally resolved spectroscopy, metrology, photo-acoustic imaging, and remote sensing applications. This laser uses an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) to produce a tunable wavelength range of 410-2300 nm with a linewidth narrower than 6 cm-1, which can be extended to 210-410 nm with an optional second harmonic generator. With a pulse duration shorter than 5ns and an upper repetition rate of 100Hz, the Q-TUNE series provides a perfect coherent light source for precise scientific measurements.
The Q-SHIFT series of Q-switched DPSS lasers is designed for researchers and application specialists working in micromachining, dermatology, LIDAR, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and LIBS applications. With its built-in nonlinear wavelength conversion stage, this series allows the production of unconventional fundamental DPSS wavelengths, including 1163, 1177, 1300, 1317, 1551 and 1571 nm options, making it an ideal choice for those seeking wavelengths that are not accessible with conventional solid-state laser sources. With the optional harmonics generator, it is possible to generate up to the 4th harmonic for each fundamental wavelength, providing even more versatility.
The Q-SPARK series is an air-cooled, diode-pumped, Q-switched laser designed for researchers and application specialists working with ablation, LIDAR, remote sensing, and LIBS applications. The laser produces sub-nanosecond or nanosecond pulses with peak power up to 20 MW and pulse energies up to 10 mJ, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. With a short <1.5 ns pulse, compact air-cooled package, and innovative water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology, the Q-SPARK series delivers high-quality, low divergence, Gaussian-like laser beams.
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 design results in a user-friendly, turnkey system that requires little maintenance, and the laser’s variable pulse repetition rate and built-in sync pulse generator provide flexibility for triggering user equipment.
The Q2 series is a diode-pumped, fully air-cooled, Q-switched laser designed for a wide range of applications that require high peak power pulses. Its innovative water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology produces Gaussian-like, low divergence laser beams with high peak powers, allowing for efficient harmonics conversion through the 5th harmonic. This versatile platform can be configured in many ways, including up to 80mJ pulse energy at 10 Hz pulse repetition rate or up to 20mJ at 100 Hz. The laser can emit either 1053 nm or 1064 nm wavelength, and in the short cavity configuration, pulse duration can be reduced by 50% in comparison to standard configuration.
The Q2HE series is a high–energy, q-switched, diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser series, available in either 1053nm or 1064nm fundamental wavelengths, with optional 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th harmonic generation. This air-cooled series of lasers is designed for a wide range of applications that require high peak power pulses. Due to a short laser cavity, excellent thermal properties of the crystal, and an innovative water-free crystal cooling technology, the Q2HE series can deliver up to 120mJ of pulse energy and/or up to 4W average output power. This advanced laser design results in a compact, user-friendly turnkey system that requires little maintenance.
The Microchip series is a line of ultra-compact, passively q-switched, single longitudinal mode (SLM), narrow linewidth, DPSS lasers that offer exceptional performance in a compact form factor. The lasers feature pulse durations ranging from 400 ps to 2 ns, energy levels up to 80 µJ, and repetition rates up to 100 kHz. Available in wavelengths from the UV to the NIR, this series is designed for OEM integrators and researchers working with LIDAR, 3D scanning, LIBS, night vision, and more. The lasers offer both nanosecond and picosecond options and are interchangeable with the same form factor and electrical and software interfaces across wavelengths, making them a flexible and versatile solution.
The SOL series is the most compact, air-cooled, Q-switched DPSS nanosecond laser available in the power range from 4W to 40W @ 1064nm. Available @ 1064nm, 532nm, and 355nm, the SOL laser series offers excellent beam quality and high peak power, capable of up to 10W and 650µJ at 532nm and 4W @ 355nm, making it the ideal source for the most demanding industrial and scientific applications. With a rugged, compact, lightweight, and easy to use single unit design, the SOL laser is easy to integrate into micro-machining and marking applications, providing superior operational flexibility and performance/cost ratio.
The VaryDisk Series is a versatile and fully functional family of thin disk laser systems, providing high pulse energies at high average powers, suitable for laboratory investigations or industrial use. These thin disk regenerative amplifiers provide a range of beam parameters, depending on the configuration and your specific application needs. With a range of output specifications to choose from, including multiple seed lasers, customers can select the ideal configuration to meet their needs with many customization options available. The base configurations offer options for pulse widths in the fs, ps, and ns range, up to 1000 W average power, up to 150 mJ pulse energy, 1 kHz to 125 kHz rep. rate, and 1030 nm, 515 nm (SHG), and 343 nm (THG) wavelength options.
The Vento series is a compact and ruggedized sub-nanosecond DPSS laser series designed for OEM integrators, application specialists, and researchers working with scientific and industrial applications such as precision LIDAR and materials processing. With pulse durations down to 500 ps and repetition rates up to 200 kHz, this laser series produces high average power of up to 25 W @ 532 nm and up to 40 W @ 1064 nm. The Vento series features beam expanding and collimating optics, low jitter option, extended operating temperature range, pulse energy modulation up to IP68 Package, circular polarization, remote control cbox and software interface, air and water-cooled options, and AC-DC power supply.
The Wedge series is a line of DPSS lasers designed specifically for OEM applications such as micro machining of hard and soft materials, specialty marking, glass and crystal engraving, LIDAR, LIBS, spectroscopy, and medical diagnostics. Thesediode–pumped lasers, based on proprietary fast Q-switching technology, are compact, sealed, and monolithic which makes them insensitive to vibrations and harsh environments. With high peak powers and relatively low energy and heat generation, they allow efficient ablation and non-linear interaction with most materials. The compact and lightweight package is a great benefit in LIDAR and other aerospace applications, while short pulses provide extremely precise time-of-flight measurements.
Pulsed Lasers FAQs
What is a Pulsed Laser?
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 the best laser for LIDAR?
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 tattoo removal?
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 type for multi-photon microscopy?
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 difference between active and passive q-switching?
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 type of laser is used for LIBS?
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!
Which IR laser is best for laser target designation?
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!