• Laser Quantum: vChirp – online web optics software launched

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    Laser Quantum has just launchedan in-browser version of vChirp, an easy-to-use online software to emulate dispersion and pulse compression calculations for ultrafast experiment design. vChirp has been designed in cooperation with the Institute of Quantum Optics at Leibniz Universität, Hannover to simplify the calculation process for dispersion characteristics of a femtosecond laser pulse propagating through various media and elements, as well as providing information on obtaining a re-compressed pulse. The software can also be used to generate Gaussian spectra and to plot overall dispersion curves (sum) along with theoretically achievable pulse duration. The vChirp software can be used with various optical elements including glass wedges for dispersion fine tuning, compensating mirror pairs, grating compressors and template pulses (like Gaussian or rectangular). vChirp will allow you to tweak your ultrafast set-up accordingly for optimal pulse recompression.

    You can try the online version of vChirpvChirp here, or learn more about the complete software version on the Laser Quantum vChirp desktop software desktop software page. The full software includes file input for loading user spectra, more optical elements and glass materials, SPIDER data and configuration saving.

  • Laser Quantum: Next generation ultrafast time-domain spectroscopy using ASynchronous OPtical Sampling (ASOPS)


    Laser Quantum is launchingthe ASOPS Engine, a next generation time-domain spectrometer! The ASOPS Engine offers extremely fast acquisition speeds: up to 20 kHz and unprecedented time-resolution, significantly below 60 fs for our 1 GHz laser range, and below 100 fs for our 84MHz laser range. The high scan rate, very long measurement windows and high time-resolution are unique features of our ASOPS Engine system, unachievable by conventional measurement techniques.

    The ASOPS Engine consists of two femtosecond lasers, a TL-1000 ASOPS for offset frequency stabilisation, an optical trigger unit, a high-speed balanced optical photoreceiver, a personal computer housing the data acquisition card and the HASSP-Scope software for measurement and analysis of time-domain data.

    The ASOPS Engine is ideal for low-noise ultrafast time domain spectroscopy, high resolution terahertz spectroscopy, two-color pump probe spectroscopy and more. Together with our THz spectroscopy unit the ASOPS Engine can be combined to the HASSP-THz, a versatile and powerful THz-spectrometer that is capable of reaching 100 dB SNR and a high-resolution with short acquisition times.

  • Laser Quantum: Lasers on a Zero-g plane

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    The University of Greifswald recently used a Laser Quantum gem laser laser on a zero-g plane! It had been used as a source for the light sheet analysing dusty plasmons under micro gravity to test a theory.

    The robustness of the laser was a key attribute in undertaking the experiment: The gem, which has recently been the star of the Laser Quantum video’s ‘The gem vs. series’, once again demonstrated its adaptability and durability when working in different environments. It was used in the application of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) where dusty plasmons under micro gravity were collected for data, at the time of writing this data is currently being analysed.

    The gem is a compact, high specification, single transverse mode continuous wave laser. Capable of outputting up to 2 W, the gem offers a highly stable, diffraction limited beam that is reliable in many environments. To find out more about the gem laser, please click here.

  • The Laser Quantum torus and its use in Brillouin scattering applications

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    Read these two papers to find out more about how the Laser Quantum torus laser can be used in Brillouin scattering applications:

    The first paper by G. Scarcelli et. al. demonstrates a label-free microscopy technique of contactless access to biomechanical properties . This technique is based on Brillouin light scattering and the method uses the Laser Quantum torus, a single-longitudinal mode laser. This new method not only makes physical contact obsolete to access these properties, but also increases the resolution onto the order of the wavelength used.

    To read the full paper please click here.

    The second article by J. Zhang et. al, uses Brillouin spectroscopy to determine the mechanical properties of material. This paper looks at parallel detection, where the Brillouin shift of hundreds of points can be measured simultaneously. Parallel detection is a major step forward in bringing this technique towards real world acquisition speeds. Brillouin scattering complements Raman spectroscopy as a label-free spectroscopy technique, also being able to work in e.g. an aqueous environment experiment in which the torus laser is used. To read the full paper, please click here.

  • Laser Quantum: Ultrafast adiabatic second harmonic generation


    Second harmonic generation (SHG) is one of the most fundamental techniques used in the photonics laboratory. Widely used in many applications, such as nonlinear spectroscopy, it can suffer from low conversion efficiency to the higher-energy photon when used with short pulses as these can result in low phase-matching. A team from Tel Aviv University, led by Prof Haim Suchowski, recently reported on the technique of adiabatic frequency conversion using a Laser Quantum venteon OPCPA to generate efficient broadband conversion of ultrashort few-cycle pulses into the visible range. To read more about their research, click here.

  • Laser Quantum webinar: Few-cycle optical parametric amplifiers - the next generation of high power amplifier systems

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    Above: Laser Quantum's Venteon Ultra: Few cycle short pulse femtosecond laser system

    This webinar from Laser Quantum looks into the pioneering field of few-cycle OPCPA systems, an important enabling technology for applications requiring high photon flux. The webinar will cover the technology and physics of modern OPCPA systems, the scalability in terms of pulse energy and repetition rate, and a focus on few-cycle pulse generation with stable carrier-envelope phase. This webinar looks into the pioneering field of few-cycle OPCPA systems, an important enabling technology for applications requiring high photon flux. The webinar will cover the technology and physics of modern OPCPA systems, the scalability in terms of pulse energy and repetition rate, and a focus on few-cycle pulse generation with stable carrier-envelope phase. The webinar will take place on Tuesday June 20 2017, at 4:00pm CEST (3:00 BST, or midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time).

    Register and log-in here.

  • Laser Quantum: The gem vs. world-class production

    Over the past months, Laser Quantum have tested their gem laser under extreme conditions. Away from the laboratory, we have subjected this laser to being driven over by a Range Rover; being dropped from 20 metres; being frozen in a block of ice; being buried in sand and hammered with a wacker plate and being spun in a tumble dryer. The gem has survived every single test. In our final video of the series, we take you behind the scenes of our world-class production facilities to demonstrate the real test processes each of our lasers go through in order to meet our meticulous high standards. It is these high standards which have enabled the gem laser to survive the extreme testing from our previous videos. To gain an insight into our laboratories and our industry-leading testing procedure, watch the gem vs. world-class production now!

  • Laser Quantum take the Mannequin challenge

    The mannequin challenge has recently taken the internet by storm, with people captured frozen in time in a specific environment.  Laser Quantum have filmed their very own mannequin challenge for a ‘behind the scenes’ look into one of their working labs, where their laser manufacturing takes place. The video offers insight into life inside their labs, demonstrating the different tasks taken on by Laser Quantum engineers. Watch the video above for an insider’s look into Laser Quantum's labs, located in Stockport, Greater Manchester UK.

  • Laser Quantum: The gem vs. the wacker plate!

    The Laser Quantum gem is a compact laser from their continuous wave range; it has been faced with a number of challenges over the previous months to demonstrate its robustness and reliability. After battling with (and winning against) a Range Rover, gravity and Arctic conditions, the gem is being put through its paces yet again. This time the gem faces the wacker plate, a vibrating compactor machine, often used by builders. This is the ultimate vibration test outside of the lab. Watch the latest video now to find out if the gem survives…  

  • Download for free the latest Laser Quantum venteon vCHIRP demo software

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    The venteon vCHIRP is a software tool allowing the calculation of dispersion characteristics of a femtosecond laser pulse propagating through various media elements and provides information on the best method to obtain a recompressed pulse at the point of use. It is specifically designed for ultra-broadband femtosecond lasers and GDD mirrors. The latest version of the software is now available (version 1.7), and features: dispersion and pulse compression calculations for designing your ultrafast experiment; a huge material database to select the dispersion characteristics, a wide range of glass materials such as BK7, Fused Silica, BaF2, CaF2, Sapphire; and  dispersion characteristics of DCM7 & 9 dispersion compensating mirrors.

    In addition, vCHIRP supports many optical elements, such as grating compressors, and template pulses, such as Gaussian pulses or user-measured spectra. Using vCHIRP you can tweak your ultrafast experiment for optimal pulse recompression at the place of interest. Download your demo for free here.

  • The Laser Quantum gem laser vs. gravity

    The second in the seriesof  Laser Quantum robust laser videos is available now! This time, the gem faces the force of gravity when it is dropped 20 metres high from a drone, but how will the gem perform afterwards? Will it still deliver specification? Watch the video above to find out.

    The series continues to demonstrate the robustness and reliability of Laser Quantum's lasers, focussing on the gem, but representative of the entire range, by preforming extreme experiments, outside of the usual laboratory environment. Although these instances are never likely to occur, the videos outline what these lasers are capable of surviving.

  • Laser Quantum gem laser vs Range Rover!

    Ever wondered how robust a Laser Quantum laser is? Ever wanted to see its reliability proved in a real life example? Well now you can. A series of videos has been created showing the robustness and reliability of their lasers, with the first one now launched! Watch above to see video of the gem laser being put through its paces as it is run over by a Range Rover.  

  • Laser Quantum torus: Noncontact three-dimensional mapping of intracellular hydromechanical properties by Brillouin microscopy


    Recent studies by G. Scarcelli et al. detail how the Laser Quantum torus 532 is being used to develop a label free microscopy technique based on Brillouin scattering, capable of imaging intracellular processes with vastly improved optical resolution. Intracellular processes such as the interaction between the liquid and solid phases in the cytoplasm have a critical role in determining how cells deform and move. The most effective way to monitor these processes is in their natural microenvironments, which requires all measurements to be done in situ, hence the need for a label free mapping technique. This approach will enable further understanding of how cells change during ageing, injury healing and disease pathogenesis.

  • Test drive the Laser Quantum HASSP-THz at Photonics West

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    Between 16-18 February Laser Quantum are exhibiting at Photonics West and inviting customers to test drive the HASSP-THz live at their booth, Hall B, Booth #1440. The HASSP-THz is a time domain THz spectrometer with 1GHz spectral resolution and a spectral coverage in excess of 6THz. This is your chance to find out whether THz spectroscopy is relevant to your research. If you are interested, please contact us to book your slot.

    Not only are they inviting you to test your sample, but they will also be launching their brand new frequency comb at Photonics West. The taccor comb is an extension to the successful range of Laser Quantum 1GHz lasers, enabling a complete, turn-key frequency comb. In partnership with Menlo Systems, the taccor comb is fully stabilised using XPS800-E feedback loop electronics, providing an RF output signal at CEO frequency with at least 40dB signal-to-noise ratio in 300kHz bandwidth.

  • Laser Quantum's finesse pure CEP: The only 532nm high power pump laser with direct power modulation for CEP stabilisation

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    Laser Quantum’s finesse pure CEP is the first and only 532nm high power pump laser on the market that provides direct modulation input to its output power. Its patented technology has the ability to receive a phase related error signal from an f-to-2f interferometer into its controller, thereby modulating the output power and hence the carrier envelope phase of a few-cycle laser pulse. Also, the enhanced bandwidth of the finesse pure CEP control loop permits a further reduction of integrated phase noise compared with the more conventional AOM method of phase control, particularly above 10 kHz making it simpler and more cost-effective.

  • Laser Quantum venteon ultra: Benefits of ultrashort pulses in two-photon microscopy

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    Two-photon microscopy has enabled the imaging of live tissue and cells to higher depth than conventional methods whilst minimising the risk of photo-bleaching and sample damage. Femtosecond lasers with ultrashort pulse and ultrabroad spectrum, such as Laser Quantum’s venteon ultra, can be easily coupled to a compression and characterisation module to exploit all the advantages they can offer.

    Download White Paper: "Benefits of Ultrashort pulses in two-photon microscopy".

    Download: venteon ultra datasheet.

  • Laser Quantum purchases Venteon Laser Technologies

    Laser Quantum strengthen its position in the femtosecond laser market with the purchase of Venteon Laser Technologies GmbH.

    Laser Quantum is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of Venteon Laser Technologies GmbH, Garbsen, Germany; a market leader in ultra-short-pulse femtosecond lasers, oscillators, amplifiers and characterisation equipment.

    Venteon GmbH has integrated Laser Quantum’s pump lasers into its Ti:sapphire laser systems for a number of years and, more recently, the two companies have collaborated on product development to the benefit of their customers. Pictured above is the Venteon Pulse CP, a complete carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stabilized laser system, based on the Venteon Pulse Ultrabroad.

    Laser Quantum believes the addition of Venteon’s unique short pulse technology, to its already wide range of continuous wave and ultrafast GHz laser technology, provides the photonics market with increased technological capability to advance knowledge in many areas of scientific research.

  • Laser Quantum torus laser shows excellent spectral purity

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    The spectral purity of the Laser Quantum torus 532 laser is shown to be 110 dB when measured with a Tandem Fabry-Perot interferometer, resulting in high resolution Brillouin scattering measurements in bulk materials. Read more in the Whitepaper.

  • Laser Quantum RemoteApp Laser Control Software

    Laser Quantum's Remote Laser control software enables scientists to operate their Laser Quantum laser systems across the internet allowing for more flexible and convenient operation. It also allows the laser to be linked to the service and support department at Laser Quantum giving their engineers the ability to peform diagnostics, minor servicing and optimisation without the laser having to leave the laboratory..

    Download the software: http://www.laserquantum.com/downloads/remoteapp/Setup.zip 

  • Laser Quantum's taccor: A unique turn-key femtosecond laser

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    The taccor is a unique turn-key femtosecond laser from Laser Quantum with integrated pump source in a hermetically sealed cavity. At 1GHz repetition rate it delivers up to 1.8W of average power with pulses that can be as short as 15fs. The taccor is designed as self mode-locking and stabilising.  

  • Laser Quantum Tera-SED produces intense terahertz radiation after excitation with femtosecond laser pulse

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    Above: Basic THz generation principle of the Tera-SED emitters. The fs laser radiation (red) comes from the top and excites the GaAs substrate (blue). Every second gap between the + and – electrodes is masked with an isolation layer (green) and gold (yellow) in order to inhibit destructive interference between THz fields emitted from adjacent gaps in the far-field.

    The Laser Quantum Tera-SED is a device emitting intense terahertz (THz) radiation after excitation with a femtosecond (fs) laser pulse. It converts the light from the optical regime into the THz regime with a conversion efficiency of up to 2 x 10-3. The impulsive excitation inherently leads to THz pulses covering a broad spectrum in the frequency regime. The spectrum covers almost two decades from about 100GHz up to 7THz with an intensity peak at 1THz (see figure 1). In this frequency range the electric field of the light is directly measurable in amplitude and phase which is important for a large variety of scientific and technological applications.


  • Laser Quantum announce Gigaoptics acquisition

    Laser Quantum, of Cheshire, UK, have over the last 20 years emerged as a major force in CW 532nm DPSS lasers up to 16W in power. They have a staff of over 80 people in the UK, and have an installed base of thousands of DPSS lasers. Laser Quantum's low noise 532nm lasers have been the cw pump laser of choice for companies providing CEP stabilised Ti:Sapphire lasers, including Gigaoptics GmbH patented range of CW pumped femtosecond single and dual cavity Ti:Sapphire lasers with output powers of up to 2W at pulse repetition frequences of up to 1 GHz.

    Recently, Laser Quantum have announced the acquisition of Gigaoptics GmbH, a world class manufacturer of femtosecond lasers and oscillators. Gigaoptics has a long history in the research, design and manufacture of ultracompact Ti:Sapphire oscillators with repetition rates from 333MHz to 1GHz and is a provider of advanced ultrafast time-domain and THz spectroscopy systems and components.  

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