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New lasers offer more power-per-dollar

21st February 2013


Newport Corporation's Spectra-Physics Lasers Division is introducing two new Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers with dramatically improved cost-per-watt figures for photovoltaic manufacturing applications.

Both new models, the HIPPO 1064-27 and the Explorer 532-2, deliver up to twice the average power for over 50 per cent higher watts-per-dollar, compared to previous versions. The lasers are based on the company's rugged, industrial OEM product platforms, with time-tested and proven performance for 24/7 operation. Both new lasers deliver higher throughput and increased savings for photovoltaic manufacturing.

Tim Edwards, senior manager of product marketing for Newport Spectra-Physics Lasers Division, comments: "We are excited to introduce these two new Q-switched DPSS models that address two key concerns of photovoltaic manufacturers in the current economic environment: cost-of-ownership and production throughput.

By drastically increasing the power and reducing the cost-per-watt, these reliable, long-life lasers further the leadership position of Newport Spectra-Physics for photovoltaic structuring applications."

The HIPPO 1064-27 laser delivers over 27W of infrared average power at 100kHz or almost 60 per cent higher power. The new Explorer 532-2 delivers up to 2W of green average power or double the power within the same compact footprint. Both lasers feature short pulse width to minimise heat-affected zones and reduce kerf height and recast material.

The exceptional pulse-to-pulse stability provides consistent scribe quality. The lasers also exhibit excellent beam quality for narrow scribe line widths and increased depth-of-focus, delivering greater yield efficiency for photovoltaic manufacturers. The fixed polarisation of these lasers helps simplify optical system design requirements, thereby minimising effort and expense to the end user.

For more information, visit www.newport.com/PVlasers







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