Quantas-Q-SPARK-266

DPSS Laser, ns/ps Pulsed, 266 nm, up to 2.5 mJ, up to 100 Hz, 800 ps to 2 ns

Key Features:

  • Other harmonic options available
  • Up to 100Hz rep rate
  • >2 Gshot lifetime of pump diodes
  • Remote monitoring, control & support
  • Built-in sync pulse generator
  • Air-cooled (water-free)
  • Passive Q-switch option
  • Optional add ons

 

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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 20 mJ, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. With a short pulse (<800 ps to <2 ns), 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.

Benefits:

  • Water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology: 
    • Gaussian-like, high-quality, low divergence beam without requiring water cooling, making it easier and more cost-effective to operate.
  • Optional built-in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th harmonic generator: 
    • Can produce a range of output wavelengths, providing customers with versatility and flexibility for a variety of applications.
  • Built-in sync pulse generator for triggering of user equipment: 
    • Provides precise triggering capabilities, allowing for accurate synchronization with other equipment and enhancing experimental reproducibility.
  • Remote monitoring and control via built-in Ethernet interface: 
    • Can be remotely monitored and controlled, including remote support and diagnostics, providing convenience, flexibility, and time savings.
  • High-speed triggering with low jitter: 
    • Offers fast and precise triggering capabilities, allowing for high-speed experiments with minimal timing uncertainty.
  • Optional attachable pulse energy monitor: 
    • Can be equipped with a pulse energy monitor, allowing for precise monitoring of laser output and ensuring experimental accuracy.
  • Optional fiber coupled output: 
    • Can be configured with fiber-coupled output, providing more flexible beam delivery options for a variety of experimental setups.
  • Air-cooled – Water-free: 
    • Does not require water cooling, making it easier and more cost-effective to operate and maintain.
  • >2 Gshot lifetime of pump diodes: 
    • Designed for durability, with pump diodes that can last for over 2 billion shots, providing customers with reliable and long-lasting performance.

The Q-SPARK series offers researchers and application specialists a versatile and reliable solution for a wide range of applications. With its innovative water-free laser crystal end-pumping technology, high peak power, and low divergence, Gaussian-like laser beam, the Q-SPARK series delivers precise and accurate results. The built-in sync pulse generator, remote monitoring and control, and high-speed triggering with low jitter make the Q-SPARK series easy to use and integrate into existing systems. Additionally, the optional attachable pulse energy monitor, optional fiber coupled output, and long-lasting >2 Gshot lifetime of pump diodes offer added flexibility and convenience for users.

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Pulsed Lasers FAQs
What is a Pulsed Laser?
What is a Pulsed Laser?

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

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What type of laser is used for LIBS?
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