BERLIN, May 20, 2011 — Launched by AdlOptica GmbH, the πShaper 6_6 series of achromatic refractive field-mapping beam shapers includes the πShaper 6_6_NUV, the πShaper 6_6_VIS and the πShaper 6_6_NIR. Optimized to operate, respectively, in the near-UV from 335 to 560 nm, in the visible from 420 to 680 nm and in the near-IR from 1100 to 1700 nm, they convert, with nearly 100% efficiency, a Gaussian laser beam into a flattop beam with low divergence and a uniform intensity profile over a large working distance. The achromatic design provides the same conditions of beam shaping at any wavelength of the working spectral band and enables use of several lasers of different wavelengths simultaneously. With features such as a flat output phase front, compactness, no internal focusing, and similar input and output beam sizes, the systems represent solutions for life sciences, and for scientific and industrial applications. They provide illumination in confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, various fluorescence techniques, mass spectrometry, holography and micromachining.