product announcement


Novel process produces tailored surface properties, patternable into high-resolution shapes

Santa Clara, CA – February 16, 2016 – Spectra-Physics® introduces ClearSurface™, a patent-pending femtosecond laser process for surface functionalization. The novel process allows the patterning of high-resolution shapes, each with individually tailored surface properties. With the new process, the degree of wettability can controlled from super-hydrophobic, or highly water repellant, to super-hydrophilic. Utilizing the widely deployed Spirit® family of industrial femtosecond lasers, ClearSurface enables the fabrication of new medical devices, micro-fluidics, sensors, and other precision parts and devices with controlled and patterned surface properties.

“The new ClearSurface process produces astonishing results that enable a new class of devices and parts for medical, bio-analytical, precision manufacturing and other applications,” says Klaus Madlener, general manager of Spectra-Physics Rankweil. “ClearSurface is another exciting demonstration of our leadership in femtosecond applications and products that power new customer applications.”

ClearSurface can be used to create extremely hydrophobic surfaces with high contact angles (>160 degrees) for water droplets, so that even in standing water, the processed surface effectively repels water. ClearSurface can also be used to generate surfaces with a specified degree of wettability or contact angle. These specified surface properties can be patterned in high-resolution into adjacent regions for custom device or part designs and shapes.

ClearSurface complements Spectra-Physics’ ClearShape™ femtosecond laser process for fast, highest quality cutting of transparent brittle materials, including glass and sapphire. Both processes use the highly successful Spirit family of industrial femtosecond lasers. The Spirit industrial laser platform has passed extensive environmental qualification testing to ensure high reliability in demanding 24/7 applications.

Spectra-Physics’ ClearSurface process and Spirit laser will be featured at SPIE Photonics West, Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, February 16-18, 2015. Please visit Spectra-Physics at booth #1400 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.

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