SOURCE: Alfalight

October 30, 2007 00:01 ET

Alfalight Receives $1.2 Million to Develop Advanced Fiber Laser Pump Sources

Army Research Laboratory Award Enables Pumps That Make High-Power Fiber Lasers More Cost-Effective and Reliable

MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - Alfalight, Inc., an innovative manufacturer of highly efficient and reliable high-power diode lasers, announced today that it has received a $1.2 million contract from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, MD. This 12-month program, entitled "High Brightness Diode Sources" (HiBriDS) will enable Alfalight to leverage the results of two previous programs in order to create laser diode modules with higher brightness and reliability than current technology diode lasers can provide. The new laser design will also have less-demanding manufacturing tolerance requirements, allowing resultant products to be more cost-effective and robust. Combined with Alfalight's industry-leading power conversion efficiency and proven packaging expertise, this program will generate a pump laser solution that will enable improved fiber lasers for a broad range of industrial and defense applications.

"Past contracts from ARL have helped Alfalight to improve the spatial brightness of laser diodes," said Manoj Kanskar, vice president of Research and Development at Alfalight. "This new program will allow us to further push brightness and power and enable us to develop high-power arrays which can be cost-effectively fiber coupled."

Results of this program will allow power scaling into kilowatt-class arrays for pumping fiber lasers and solid-state gain media, and as direct diode sources for applications such as marking, cutting, welding and materials processing.

For more information about Alfalight's commercial high-power laser diode pump sources, please contact Jeremy Draper at jdraper@alfalight.com or 608-240-4826.

About Alfalight

Alfalight, Inc. is a technology innovator and manufacturer of highly efficient and reliable high-power diode lasers for industrial, defense and telecommunications markets worldwide. The Madison, Wisconsin-based company's advanced Aluminum-Free Active region (ALFA) diode lasers provide industry-leading efficiency, reliability, power and brightness. Alfalight has exclusive licenses to patents that include high-power narrow-spectrum lasers, single-mode lasers, and short-wavelength lasers. Alfalight's current high-power diode laser product line includes fiber-coupled single emitters, combined power modules, and unmounted diode bars. For more information, visit www.alfalight.com.

The name Alfalight and the Alfalight logo are both registered trademarks of Alfalight, Inc.

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