A new breakthrough in high-brightness fibre-couples diode lasers has been announced by IPG Photonics.
The firm has announced the availability of the PLD-100 series, a 100-watt fibre-coupled laser diode and the most powerful high-brightness single-emitter product of its type.
Dr Alex Ovtchinnikov, vice-president of IPG Photonics, said the product's wall-plug efficiency exceeds 50 per cent due to the nonsaturated mode of operation at a thermally-conductive passive cooling.
"Taking in account the lowest cost per watt, the new PLD-100 series is well ahead in performance of any existing fibre-coupled laser diodes available in the market," he added.
The PLD-100 series will be released for sale in the fourth quarter of 2009 and the manufacturer claims it will bring new opportunities for plastic and metal welding, brazing, cladding and medical applications.
In January IPG Photonics announced a new line of revolutionary ten-watt green fibre lasers with output wavelengths of 532nm.