Oct 2005General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Mission Systems GroupRequest Info
Commercial Laser Group of General Atomics has added the Everest 355-8 to its series of solid-state, diode-pumped Q-switched lasers. The device is a high-power neodymium laser that puts out 0.8 mJ per pulse at a repetition rate of 10 kHz. It can be operated at repetition rates up to 50 kHz while maintaining short pulse durations, a pulse width of ~4 ns and beam characteristics of M2<1.4. The company says that the combination of high peak power and short pulses is important for reducing heat-affected zones. With its sturdy design, the laser is suited for industrial micromachining applications, including wafer dicing, via drilling, scribing, glass processing and cutting LCDs.