News | March 1, 2006

Diode Lasers Deliver 18,000 Hours Of Reliable Performance To The University Of Chicago

Tucson, AZ – Spectra-Physics, a Division of Newport Corporation and a world leader in high-power diode laser solutions, announced that the University of Chicago's Department of Chemistry has operated a Millennia laser, powered by a single set of the company's ProLite diode lasers, for more than 18,000 hours.

According to Dr. Norbert F. Scherer, Professor of Chemistry, the James Franck Institute and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University of Chicago, his experiments require reliable and low noise pump lasers that are in operation 24 hours a day. As a result, reliability is a major consideration when choosing equipment, especially lasers. Currently, Scherer uses seven different versions of Spectra-Physics' Millennia products, the most recent was purchased a year earlier. To date, one of the Millennia V lasers has delivered over 18,000 hours of reliable operation, and other lasers, including Millenia V and X models, in his research lab have given totally reliable performance with more than 12,000 and 13,000 hours.

"For the past few years, we have been developing the industry's most reliable diode lasers, and having a device provide over 17,000 hours of operation validates our innovations in manufacturing process, materials and assembly," said Franck Leibreich, Director of Marketing for Diode Lasers at Spectra-Physics. "It's obvious that our ProLite diode lasers use a superior platform and the best materials available to produce a high-performance, highly reliable solution for our customers."

Spectra-Physics' line of ProLiteâ diode laser solutions includes a wide range of product operating over the 780 nm to 1000 nm range. Single emitter and fiber coupled single emitter lasers are available with several watts of direct output. Multi-emitter laser bars and fiber-coupled bars provide up to 50W output power per bar. In addition, the company's Monsoonâ Multi-bar modules (water cooled stacks) provide kilowatts for power intensive applications.

SOURCE: Newport Corporation