product announcement


Automated Spirit-OPA tunes across 16 µm-210 nm with adjustable repetition rates up to 1 MHz

Santa Clara, CA – May 13, 2013 – Spectra-Physics®, a Newport Corporation brand, introduces Spirit™-OPA, an automated optical parametric amplifier (OPA) specifically optimized for use with Spectra-Physics’ Spirit high-repetition-rate ultrafast laser. Spirit and Spirit-OPA together create a versatile and high energy, ultrafast laser system that tunes virtually gap-free from the mid-infrared (mid-IR) to the deep ultraviolet (DUV) with user-adjustable repetition rates from tens of kHz up to 1 MHz. The user-friendly system is ideal for high repetition rate, time-resolved spectroscopy applications such as single molecule studies, nonlinear optics and fluorescence lifetime measurements.

“Spirit-OPA pumped with the Spirit laser is a powerful tool, delivering femtosecond, micro-Joule pulses at high repetition rates across a broad spectrum,” says Julien Klein, senior manager of product marketing for Spectra-Physics.

“This advanced system enables a range of new science, allowing fast data averaging and increased signal-to-noise ratios in challenging ultrafast spectroscopy applications.”

Spirit-OPA can be pumped with the Spirit 1040-4 and the recently introduced Spirit 1040-8 laser. Spectra-Physics’ Spirit is a high-repetition-rate industrial-grade femtosecond laser.

Spectra-Physics is also introducing two other ultrafast lasers. The new femtoTrain™ is a high-energy, femtosecond oscillator for two-photon polymerization, bioimaging, and medical applications. It delivers a pulse energy of >350 nJ at a high-repetition rate of 10 MHz in the infrared. The new Millennia® eV™ 5, 10, and 15 are compact, cost-effective, continuous wave (CW) DPSS green lasers for pumping ultrafast and single-frequency laser systems and for use in certain critical industrial applications. Both lasers are designed, manufactured, and tested to Spectra-Physics' high standards for reliability.

Spirit-OPA, femtoTrain, and Millennia eV will be featured at LASER World of Photonics in Munich, Germany, May 13-16, 2013. Please visit Newport Spectra-Physics' booth #560 in Hall B1 for a demonstration.

Company Contacts

Elizabeth Peartree
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +1 408-980-4305

Julien Klein
Sr. Manager, Product Marketing
Tel: +1 408-980-5543

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell Microcap Index.