With no strong up turn in sight for the telecoms market, Bookham and nLight target a host of other applications for
Bookham Technology and nLight are launching high-power laser diodes at the Photonics West exhibition, which runs 22-27
January in San Jose, CA.
The companies are targeting applications including materials processing, medical treatment, and providing the pump
source for other solid-state, fiber and disk lasers.
Bookham?s 120 W multimode laser, which was developed at its Zurich, Switzerland, facility, is claimed to be the most
powerful commercially-available continuous wave (CW) diode laser bar in the world. Standard products emit at 915, 940 and
?We are confident that the high brightness and reliability of our industrial laser diode bars will continue to attract new
customers and accelerate the growth of diode-pumped laser systems,? remarked Greg Smolka, Bookham?s VP of sales
and marketing, commercial products.
Bookham?s laser diode bar is suitable for applications as diverse as multimode pumping of cable TV amplifiers, as an
optical pump for frequency-doubled lasers operating in the visible range, marking and printing, hair removal, and
US-based nLight?s diodes are aimed at similar markets, and although they are less powerful, they cover a wider spectral
According to the company, its 1-cm-wide water-cooled ?Cascades? bars provide 50, 60, 80, or 100 W of CW power at
790-980 nm, and 20 W of CW power at 1435-1570 nm.
The Cascades range is based on nLights?s proprietary MOCVD-grown structure that produced a diode with a CW output
power of 364 W (see related story), and which was developed under the DARPA-funded super high efficiency high-power
diodes (SHEDS) program.