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  • IPG Photonics Adds 3 to Sales Force
Apr 2008
Fiber laser maker IPG Photonics Corp. of Oxford, Mass., announced today that it has strengthened its capabilities in merchant diode sales, sales to the government, and low- and mid-power fiber laser sales with three new appointments: Jim Stathis as director of diode sales, Mike O’Connor as director of government and special applications, and Milton Vardakis as business development manager for materials processing. “Jim Stathis brings with him a breadth of knowledge from his more than 15 years of experience selling diodes and low-power lasers,” said Bill Shiner, IPG Photonics’ vice president, industrial markets. Prior to joining IPG, Stathis developed new OEM business opportunities for commercial lasers in the solar, semiconductor, life and health sciences, and fiber laser material processing markets. He has extensive experience with diode products, fiber lasers and other continuous-wave lasers at companies including JDS Uniphase, Coherent Inc. and Newport Corp. O’Connor previously served as a director of government sales at a maker of specialty optical fibers, responsible for sales of such fibers for low-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. Prior to joining IPG, he provided sales management and business development results at a Tier 1 manufacturer of industrial-based lasers and diodes. He was also founder and president of an engineering-based sales, distribution and consulting company providing custom component and systems solutions for electro-optical, semiconductor, life sciences, medical, military, aerospace, and energy OEM applications. Stathis ( can be reached at (949) 244-2907, O’Connor ( at (508) 373-1217, and Vardakis ( at (408) 887-7366.

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.
A two-electrode device with an anode and a cathode that passes current in only one direction. It may be designed as an electron tube or as a semiconductor device.
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.
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
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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