Research Applications

From Ultrafast Spectroscopy to Seeding High Power Lasers and Terahertz Generation to Quantum Optics, Calmar Lasers are enabling the Scientific Research World

Over the past 25 years, the increased availability of laser sources producing extremely short pulses of light has spawned new areas of research and enabled scientists to develop a detailed understanding of the dynamics of many fundamental processes in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and materials science.  Today, ultrafast lasers are used in many application areas of science and technology, such as spectroscopy, microscopy, imaging, metrology, material processing, quantum information and biomedicine.

The broader field of ultrafast laser science has garnered significant attention in recent times with several Nobel Prizes highlighting its contribution in fundamental areas and potential applications.  Awards in Chemistry were given in 1999 for femtosecond spectroscopy and, in 2014, for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.  In 2018, Donna Strickland and Gerard Mourou were co-recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of chirped pulse amplification, a technique that has been adopted in Calmar’s high-power lasers.  And the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics, was awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier, for developing experimental methods that generate attosecond (10-18 sec) pulses of light.  These pulses can be used to measure the motion of electrons in atoms and molecules with unprecedented temporal resolution, opening up new windows into the quantum world.

Calmar lasers are used for research applications in university, government and industrial facilities worldwide.  The low-power Mendocino laser modules are the seed sources for many ultrafast Ti:sapphire or Ytterbium-based amplified systems.  The high-energy Cazadero system is the perfect source for nonlinear optical studies and material processing applications. With its phase-locked loop capability and compact architecture, the Cazadero has also become the system of choice at multi-user synchrotron or free electron laser facilities for enabling optical/X-ray pump-probe studies and the development of advanced photocathode sources.

The benchtop Mendocino and Carmel X-series offer user friendly sources for the generation of terahertz radiation, multiphoton microscopy, two-photon polymerization, among many other applications.

Whether it be a robust, low power, seed laser source such as the Mendocino or a higher power laser, such as the Carmel or Cazadero, Calmar offers an ultrafast fiber laser solution for your research applications.

Compact Ultrafast Fiber Lasers Enable Applications in New Spaces

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