A nanosecond laser is a type of laser that emits pulses of light with a duration of one nanosecond (10^-9 seconds).
These short pulses of light allow for high precision and reduced heat-affected zone in material processing applications, and are typically used in LIBS, LIDAR, laser target marking, medical, and scientific applications. Nanosecond lasers are the most common category of q-switched pulsed lasers used today. Q-switching is a technique that allows the generation of laser pulses with extremely high peak power.
With a q-switch, a high-speed shutter is introduced into the optical cavity to temporarily increase the cavity losses until the gain materials metastable level is fully saturated. Once the switch is opened, all of the light is emitted at one time. For most laser gain materials, the depletion time is on the order of a few nanoseconds (10-9s), resulting in the generation of laser pulses.
Solid-state (DPSS) lasers, fiber lasers, and microchip lasers can all be q-switched and therefore used to produce nanosecond pulse width lasers. Because of the wide range of gain materials and technologies, nanosecond lasers are available in a vast wavelength range from the ultraviolet through the infrared region, pulse energies from nJ to J, and repetition rates varying from Hz to MHz. The high peak power and short pulse widths of these lasers are ideal for a wide range of applications including LIBS, laser designation, and marking.
Our Nanosecond Laser Products
RPMC lasers offers a wide range of high-quality nanosecond pulsed lasers, in numerous wavelengths, designed with repetition rates ranging from single-shot up to 2 MHz, short pulse durations from 125ns down to sub-nanosecond, and various pulse energy specifications, depending on the configuration.
Our nanosecond lasers are available in the UV, Violet, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, NIR, SWIR, and MWIR spectral regions. We supply diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers, fiber lasers, microchip lasers, tunable DPSS lasers, MIL-Spec. Lasers, and DPSS amplifiers in our nanosecond laser category.
Our Nanosecond Laser Experience
RPMC is your Nanosecond Laser Supplier! We have supplied 1000’s of nanosecond lasers for many various applications across multiple markets. Whether you’re working with military standards, looking for a laser source for your OEM project, or performing scientific research, we have the experience to help you find the right laser at the best price.
Deeper Dive Into Nanosecond Lasers
Peak Power and Average Power in ns and Sub-ns Lasers
The extremely high peak power levels achievable by pulsed laser sources are among the main reason for their success in many of the applications which have emerged in the last decades. Therefore, a precise estimation of the laser peak power, given other operational parameters such as average power, pulse duration, and repetition rate, is fundamental to select the best option for a particular application among the different commercial alternatives. In principle, it is quite simple to calculate the peak power, considering the actual temporal profile of the laser pulse. By assuming a train of continuously repeated, periodical, square pulses with repetition rate fR, pulse duration tP and average power PAV, the pulse energy EP and peak power PP calculations are trivial, with pulse energy provided by the ratio between average power and repetition rate and peak power provided by the ratio between energy and pulse duration:
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Passive vs Active Q-Switching
Q-switching is the most effective method for producing high energy pulsed lasers. While there are many different varieties of a q-switch, they all follow the same basic operating principle. Q-switches temporarily increase the cavity losses so that the gain threshold is artificially high preventing the laser from emitting light. This process allows the population inversion inside of the gain medium to grow until it becomes fully saturated. At this point, the q-switch is “opened” causing the cavity losses to plummet, dropping the gain threshold, and allowing all of the stored energy in the gain medium to be emitted in one rapid pulse. This process, which is illustrated in the figure below causes the emission of extremely short pulses of light with extremely high peak powers.
Custom, Integrated System Platforms for Customer-Specific Applications
In their modern applications lab, ideal for proof-of-concept testing and sample processing, they provide a host of DPSS laser configurations with a range of wavelengths and power levels. Their dedicated staff has years of application experience and offer process development support to help get your project up and running. The experience of the applications lab experts covers a broad range of materials and processing techniques. For example, with glass and sapphire, they have demonstrated lens marking, surface engraving, microchannel processing, dicing, hole drilling, and intra-volume marking. They can perform color marking on stainless steel, deep 3D laser milling on synthetic polycrystalline diamond (PCD), micro-hole drilling through nickel iron alloy, gray scale marking on plastics, high contrast marking on heat-sensitive polymeric materials, and many other successful application examples.
With 1000s of fielded units, and over 25 years of experience, providing OEMs, contract manufacturers, and researchers with the best laser solution for their application, our expert team is ready to help! Working with RPMC ensures you are getting trusted advice from our knowledgeable and technical staff on a wide range of laser products. RPMC and our manufacturers are willing and able to provide custom solutions for your unique application.
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The FL-P series of pulsed fiber lasers is manufactured to Telcordia standards and is suitable for various applications with average powers up to 5W at 1um and 1.5um, peak powers up to 25kW, and pulse widths in the range of 400ps to 50ns. Available in both OEM and Turnkey formats, this series offers a variety of standard and custom configurations. Available options include pulse monitoring, int/ext triggering, TTL or LVDS input signals, extended operating temperature range, and a robust design.
The Aero Series is a high-energy, nanosecond pulsed DPSS laser, available at 266, 355, 532, and 1064nm, with up to 10W output power & 200mJ pulse energy at 1064. This series provides 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 and a water-cooled option. It comes with available options for beam expanding and collimating optics. This laser series is ideal for LIBS, spectroscopy, and Atmospheric LIDAR applications.
The AIRTRAC-MIL series is a ruggedized, high-shock, ultra-compact, actively q-switched, low-SWaP, DPSS laser, available with up to 70 mJ @ 532 & 1064 nm. 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, and stable performance over the full temperature range with low beam divergence.
The Wedge series of DPSS lasers is designed for OEM applications such as micromachining, LIDAR, LIBS, and more. Based on proprietary fast Q-switching technology, this series is compact, sealed, and monolithic, making them insensitive to vibrations & harsh environments. High peak powers, relatively low energy and low heat generation allow efficient ablation and non-linear interaction. Available from 266-3106nm, up to 4 mJ pulse energy @ 1064, the compact and lightweight package benefits LIDAR and aerospace applications, while short pulses provide exact time-of-flight measurements.
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 ER Series offers an ultra-compact, ultra-low SWaP, and efficient solution for those seeking high-quality diode-pumped lasers for lightweight, handheld, and portable laser range finding applications. These lasers operate at an “eye-safe” wavelength of 1.5 µm and deliver high pulse energy up to 200 µJ with a 4 ns pulse width and repetition rates from single-shot up to 10Hz with optional burst mode. The ER Series is designed with a focus on high pulse energy, short pulse width, efficient operation, and long lifetime reliability with a 10M shot lifetime rating.
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.
The KAUKAS series is a compact, low-SWaP line of 1.54µm “eye-safe” Er:glass lasers. These nanosecond pulsed lasers feature a compact design that makes them suitable for integration into handheld, portable devices. The lasers deliver high pulse energy, repetition rates up to 5Hz, less than 3% energy stability, and a high-quality TEM00 beam. With configurable and customizable options, these features make the KAUKAS series a versatile choice for various applications such as LIDAR & laser ranging, LIBS, metrology, and instrumentation.
The neoAMP series includes the neoVAN and neoYb DPSS laser amplifiers, designed to boost the average power or pulse energy for a wide range of applications. The flexible system design ensures a high degree of scalability, and the ultra-compact modules are easy to integrate into existing processing or scientific systems. The neoVAN and neoYb amplifiers are highly reliable and offer proven long-term stability, enabling a range of applications that include high peak power, short pulse picosecond lasers for micromachining, or single-frequency radiation for gravitational wave detection.
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, passive q-switch laser series designed for OEM integrators and application specialists working with industrial and portable applications like materials processing and airborne LIDAR. With its compact size, configurable options such as fixed or external trig. repetition rate, and high energy (up to 100µJ) or high average power (up to 3W) versions, this 1030nm series offers exceptional performance for a range of applications.
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 with up to 35 mJ at 1064, 40 mJ at 1053nm, 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, air-cooled, Q-switched laser emitting at 1064 or 1053nm, designed for a wide range of applications that require high peak power pulses. The water-free end-pumping technology produces high peak powers and low divergence, enabling efficient harmonics conversion through the 5th harmonic (213 or 211nm). 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. In the short cavity configuration, pulse duration can be reduced by 50% compared to the 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, single longitudinal mode (SLM), narrow linewidth, passive q-switch, ns/ps pulsed DPSS lasers. Offering exceptional performance and versatility in a compact form factor, every model is 1:1 interchangeable, regardless of wavelength. The lasers feature pulse widths from 400 ps to 2 ns, pulse energy 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 LIDAR, 3D scanning, LIBS, night vision, and more.
The SOL series is the most compact, air-cooled, Q-switched DPSS nanosecond laser available in the power range from 4W to 40W @ 1064nm. With its excellent beam quality, high peak power, wavelength options (10W and 650µJ at 532nm / 4W @ 355nm), and wide range of add-ons, this series is ideal 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 any system, providing superior operational flexibility and performance/cost ratio.
The VaryDisk Series is a versatile family of thin-disk laser systems that provide high pulse energies at high average powers and are suitable for lab or industrial use. These thin-disk regenerative amplifiers offer a range of output specifications and customization options, depending on the configuration and your specific application needs. The base configurations provide options for pulse widths in the fs, ps, and ns range, up to 1000 W average power, 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 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 a high average power of up to 25 W @ 532 nm and up to 40 W @ 1064 nm. The Vento series has many options, from beam expanding and collimating optics to a low jitter option to extended operating temperature range, up to IP68 package, remote control cbox & software, and much more.