January 22, 2007 -- Newport Corp. (search for Newport) has formed a new Fiber Laser Business Group within its Spectra-Physics Lasers Division to lead the company's efforts in fiber laser and amplifier technology development. The group says its task is to develop and commercialize products incorporating the company's leading-edge capabilities in diode lasers, fiber coupling, frequency conversion, optics, and photonics packaging.
Robert G. Deuster, Newport's chairman and chief executive officer, says, "Fiber-based laser technologies have made significant advances in recent years, driven primarily by research and development efforts in the telecommunications industry. These new fiber-based laser products offer inherent advantages in cost- and performance efficiency, power scalability, reliability, and beam quality for some applications."
He continues, "Adding these products to Newport's existing portfolio of diode-pumped solid-state lasers will enable us to address new applications in our existing markets; will play an important role in Newport's growth into new markets, applications, and customers; and will add additional breadth to Newport's integrated photonics solutions strategy."
Deuster notes that the company has been working in this development area for some time and is already in discussions with key customers on products for several new applications. He believes that new laser architectures will help advance technology roadmaps in the photonics industry and that Newport will play a key role in moving these future products to market.
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