product announcement


New >8 W regen and >16 W power amplifiers pumped with new Ascend high power lasers

Santa Clara, CA – March 16, 2015 – Spectra-Physics® introduces the industry’s highest power ultrafast regen amplifiers and a new line of high power kilohertz DPSS green pump lasers. Pumped with the new Ascend™ lasers, the new Spitfire® Ace™ ultrafast amplifiers feature >8 W in regen-only and >16 W in power amplifier (PA) configurations. The new Ascend pump lasers deliver up to >60 W power with excellent beam profile for maximum efficiency. These new ultrafast laser systems are ideal for advanced research applications including multidimensional and time-resolved spectroscopy.

 “Leveraging our extensive experience in high reliability DPSS lasers, these new industrial pump lasers elevate our ultrafast amplifier performance to new levels to power critical research applications,” says Herman Chui, senior director of product marketing for Spectra-Physics. “With our recently completed acquisition of Femtolasers and these ground-breaking new introductions, Spectra-Physics further accentuates its leadership in ultrafast.”

 The new Spitfire Ace ultrafast regen amplifiers deliver an industry-leading >8 W output power at 5 kHz and >7 W at 1 and 10 kHz repetition rates with <35 fs and <120 fs configurations. The new Spitfire Ace PA amplifiers output up to >16 W. With Spectra-Physics’ patented Ace cavity, the new ultrafast amplifiers provide superior beam quality even at the highest energy configurations.

 When pumping Spectra-Physics amplifiers, Ascend delivers optimal green-to-IR conversion due to the excellent beam quality, resulting in maximum efficiency, low noise, and unmatched reliability. The new pump lasers offer flexible performance with repetition rates across 1 to 10 kHz range and are available with several output power levels for specific amplifier system configurations. Ascend has passed extensive environmental qualification testing, and each laser is subjected to demanding production tests to ensure long, stable operating life.

Spectra-Physics’ new Spitfire Ace amplifiers and Ascend pump lasers will be featured at Lasers World of Photonics China, Shanghai, March 17-19, 2015. Please visit Spectra-Physics at hall N2 booth 2400 for a demonstration. For more information, please see

About Spectra-Physics

Founded over 50 years ago as the first commercial laser company, Spectra-Physics delivers breakthrough technologies that transform the way businesses operate and people live. From the manufacturing floor to the operating room to the research laboratory, the company has blazed a trail of discovery and success in lasers that continues to advance every day. Spectra-Physics is singularly focused on helping its customers use precision laser technologies to advance leading-edge science and propel industries forward. The company does so by offering groundbreaking technologies, deep applications expertise, disruptive cost-performance, a commitment to world-class customer experience, and the highest standards for operational excellence and continuous global improvement. Spectra-Physics is a Newport company and has offices in countries around the world, serving customers across a broad range of industry segments.

Company Contacts

Herman Chui
Sr. Director of Product Marketing
Tel: +1 408-980-6996

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