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  • Newport Corp. Forms Fiber Laser Group
Jan 2007
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2007 -- Laser and photonic components and instruments maker Newport Corp. announced today that it has formed a new Fiber Laser Business Group within its Spectra-Physics Lasers Div. to lead the company's efforts in fiber laser and amplifier technology development.

Newport Chairman and CEO Robert G. Deuster said in a statement, "Fiber-based laser technologies have made significant advances in recent years, driven primarily by research and development efforts in the telecommunications industry. These new fiber-based laser products offer inherent advantages in cost and performance efficiency, power scalability, reliability and beam quality for some applications. Adding these products to Newport's existing portfolio of diode-pumped solid-state lasers will enable us to address new applications in our existing markets, will play an important role in Newport's growth into new markets, applications and customers, and will add additional breadth to Newport's integrated photonics solutions strategy."

Deuster said Newport was the first company to exploit diode-pumped solid-state laser technology in the 1980s, and "we expect to become a leader in fiber-based products as well."

Spectra-Physics was founded in 1961 and has its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The division manufactures lasers and laser systems for commercial and industrial markets such as life and health science, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, research and development, and microelectronics.

Deuster said Newport has been working in this development area for some time and is in discussions with key customers on products for several new applications.

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A device that enlarges and strengthens a signal's output without significantly distorting its original waveshape. There are amplifiers for acoustical, optical and electronic signals.
fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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