SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14, 2013 — Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corp. brand, has introduced Explorer One, an ultrasmall actively Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state ultraviolet laser for applications including Maldi-Tof mass spectrometry, laser microdissection, UV plastics marking and stereolithography. Its proprietary “It’s in the Box” design combines laser resonator and control electronics in a single housing. The instrument is available in two versions, at 349- and 355-nm wavelengths. Explorer One 349-120 delivers >120 µJ at 1-kHz repetition rate; the 355-300 delivers >300-mW output power at 50-kHz repetition rate. Both lasers have short pulse widths (<5 and <8 ns, respectively) and low pulse energy noise (<2% and <3%, respectively) for ultrastable processes and highest production yields. The device weighs less than 1.5 kg and has been tested to endure bare product shock and vibration with accelerations of up to 100 g, making it suitable for moving gantries.