OLCHING, Germany, Feb. 3, 2012 — Pigtails for pump modules and medical laser systems are in increasing demand and, for these applications, Laser Components GmbH is offering Hollow Silica Waveguides (HSW) from its partner Polymicro Technologies. The fibers were designed for IR applications, primarily for use with CO2 (10.6 µm) and Er:YAG (2.94 µm) lasers. They are meant to replace expensive and complex articulated arms, resulting in a significant cost reduction. They can be used in harsh environmental conditions and can accommodate fast-changing laser geometry. The design of the fiber geometry and the properties of the buffer allow up to 100 W of power to be transmitted without additional cooling. HSW fibers are available in the following standard inner diameter/outer diameter/buffer sizes: 300/400/750, 500/650/850, 750/950/1200 and 1000/1300/1600. They are assembled with SMA (905 and 906), ST and FC connectors. Customer-specific core and buffer sizes are available, as are connectors and optically broken, free-fiber ends.