Cutting-edge laser tech fit for today’s industry and tomorrow’s science
British and German laser specialists teamed up to develop a new standard in ultra-compact, high-energy laser systems capable of producing complex materials essential to modern manufacturing. The key was to shrink down the laser head, amplify the beam and lose nothing in terms of speed and accuracy. The technologies delivered during the HYLASE project are ideal for printing, etching and cutting complex surfaces like glass, plastic and thin-films used in semiconductors, optics and diverse sectors as insulation protection and decoration and other coatings.
Apart from excellent processing speed, accuracy and beam quality, boosting output and minimising heat build-up, the lasers proved very reliable and easy to integrate and maintain within new and existing industrial and scientific applications. Their laser amplifiers were also installed in the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser. This cutting-edge research facility produces intense x-ray flashes (a billion times higher than commercial sources) that can see into the atomic detail of cells and chemical reactions.
Project funded by and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF (Germany) and Innovate UK (UK)
- neoLASE GmbH (Germany – SME)
- Fianium Ltd, now part of NKT Photonics A/S (UK – SME and leading role)