A laser emits an intense beam of light with some unique and highly useful properties. Most importantly, a laser is orders of magnitude higher in brightness than any lamp. It means that the beam can be focused to a very small and intense spot, useful for applications requiring very high power densities such as cutting, drilling, welding and other type of material processing. The laser’s focusibility (to be focused at a very small spot) is also very useful for microscopic imaging and inspection applications. The laser light can be also very monochromatic – all the beam energy is confined into a narrow wavelength band, which can be important in biomedical, holographic, spectroscopic and other applications. In addition, the laser can be used to create ultra-short pulse (ultrafast) output – a pulse duration short as 10-14s, which enables non-thermal machining and studies the very fast physical and chemical process. Certainly, the laser generates more and more applications in various industries.
Growth in these applications system from two sources. First, there are many applications where the laser is displacing conventional technology because it can do the job faster, better and more economically. Second, there are also new applications where the laser is the enabling tool that makes R&D and manufacturing possible.
Key laser applications include: microtechnologies and nanotechnology; semiconductor inspection; microlithography; measurement, test and repair of electronic circuits; medical and biotechnology; consumer electronics; industrial processes and quality control; materials processing; imaging and printing; graphic arts display; and research and development.In particular, ultraviolet (“UV”) lasers are profiting from the trend towards miniaturization, which is a driver of innovation and growth in many markets. The short wavelength of lasers that emit light in the UV spectral region make it possible to produce extremely small structures — with maximum precision — consistent with the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Because laser applications are so diverse and many of our customers come from varieties of disciplines, and may not be experts in laser technology themselves, Optowave laser scientists and application engineers will closely work with you and provide a solution. Please feel free to contact Optowave for detailed information. To assist you, we have included some examples of how Optowave lasers have been applied in wide range of applications, especially, 24/7 industrial processes. If you cannot locate your specific applications, please contact Optowave.