23 January 2003 -- San Jose-based New Focus Inc has shipped its 4,000th tunable laser.
First introduced in 1992, its tunable external-cavity diode lasers enable telecom test-and-measurement instrumentation, biotechnology applications such as for diagnosing diseases, industrial fibre-sensing applications that lead to more efficient oil-well recovery and improved environmental and structural monitoring, spectroscopic applications that help identify biological processes, and research laboratories.
New Focus' first tunable laser offering was at 670nm. The tunable laser product line has since grown to include wavelengths of 400-1630nm. New Focus offers both benchtop lasers as well as commercial OEM modules to test-and-measurement instrument manufacturers.
Tunable lasers are part of New Focus' photonics tool chest.