Luna offers tunable laser based on Iolon technology

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- Luna Innovations Inc. announces its Phoenix 1000 tunable laser, offered under its Luna Technologies brand of test and measurement products.

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- Luna Innovations Inc. (search for Luna) announces its Phoenix 1000 tunable laser, offered under its Luna Technologies brand of test and measurement products.

Luna's MEMS-based, external cavity laser is based on the former Iolon "Apollo" class of tunable lasers. It offers low noise and precise tuning capability over the C-band, the company says. The device is designed to be compact, scalable, rugged, and fast to deliver superior performance for applications including measurement, fiber grating based sensing, spectroscopy, and metrology. Features of this miniaturized, 18-pin TEC-cooled package include fast tuning up to 500 Hz, mode-hop free swept operation over the C-band, wavelength coverage from 1515 nm to 1565 nm, narrow linewidth (less than 2 MHz), and superior phase noise characteristics, Luna asserts.

"Tunable lasers have become a key enabling element in a variety of fiber optic measurement and sensing applications," said Brian Soller, president of Luna Innovations' Products Division. "Our improvements to this well-known platform make the Phoenix 1000 laser the ideal choice for end users and customers looking for ruggedness, scalability, and performance in a compact tunable laser."

"We acquired the [Iolon] intellectual property rights and manufacturing equipment in December 2006 to allow us to compete more effectively in Luna's existing fiber-optic test and measurement markets by providing our customers with fast, flexible, and cost-effective test and measurement products. We are also aggressively pursuing new markets such as industrial and medical sensing with our new laser," commented Kent Murphy, Luna Innovations' chairman and CEO.

The Phoenix 1000 tunable laser product is available immediately, with four to six weeks typical for delivery.

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