26 January 2011

Oclaro expands single-emitter laser diodes to cosmetic skin treatment

Optical component, module and subsystem maker Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA says that its 1470nm laser diodes, which are already selling into the eye-safe laser market, are now being targeted at new high-volume skin treatment consumer markets.

Oclaro says that the 1470nm single-emitter lasers, which are being showcased at this week’s SPIE Photonics West 2011 event in San Francisco, CA (25–27 January), deliver the power, reliability and stable performance necessary in the cosmetic consumer market, while the firm’s manufacturing capabilities is bring the technology down to mainstream price points.

“Oclaro continues to execute on its business strategy to bring proven technology into new high-growth markets that need the economies of scale and expertise that Oclaro can provide,” says executive VP & division manager Yves Le Maitre. “Our extensive manufacturing infrastructure enables us to bring cutting-edge laser technology into the hands of consumers, and lasers for cosmetic skin treatment is just one example of the types of markets we can now effectively serve.”

New consumer applications in the cosmetic skin treatment market, such as wrinkle reduction, are driving increased demand for cost-effective laser diode solutions. By leveraging its indium phosphide technology (which was developed for the telecom industry) into 1470nm single laser diodes, Oclaro says that it can also scale to volume quickly to meet the price points that are required in this market.

The 1470nm single-emitter laser diodes leverage proven technology that is currently being used in eye-safe applications in the defense, materials processing and medical markets. The laser diode emits 2W output power at 1470nm from a 90 micron stripe and is available on a submount, a CMount or in a 105 micron fiber-coupled configuration. The fiber coupled version is built on Oclaro’s widely used platform for single-emitter fiber-laser pump modules, and tailored configurations with fast- and slow-axis lenses for beam confinement address specific high-volume consumer applications. The laser diodes have also demonstrated reliability after being life-tested for more than 5000 hours at 10.5A without any fails, says Oclaro.

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