Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has expanded their family of industrial
ultrafast lasers with the Talisker 500, which delivers over 10 Watts of
ultraviolet output at 355nm, 15 Watts of green output at 532nm or 25 Watts of
infrared output at 1064nm. This next generation Talisker laser also increases
repetition rate to 500 kHz enabling higher throughput rates than earlier
models. The combination of short (10 ps) pulse duration and flexible
wavelength options makes the Talisker 500 ideal for precision micromachining
applications in microelectronics and other industries where any peripheral
laser damage – the heat affected zone (HAZ) – must be completely avoided, but
throughput is key.
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