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Fianium leads consortium to receive £1.4M award / 09/2006

01.09.2006 : Fianium leads consortium to receive £1.4M award from Department of Trade and Industry on development of next generation fibre lasers. Southampton, United Kingdom (September 1, 2006): A consortium led by Fianium Ltd, a world leader in ultrafast fibre lasers, has received £1.4M ( $2.7M ) award from the UK Department of Trade and Industry to develop next generation fibre lasers for industrial and imaging applications. The DTI funded project ULTRAFAST is a collaborative project involving Fianium Ltd as lead partner, Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, University of Liverpool as a partner responsible for materials processing characterisation, and the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM) of the University of Bath who are developing novel fibre geometries for incorporation into Fianium’s products. LLLC will take delivery of a new picosecond fibre laser system from Fianium in January 2007 for materials processing characterisation trials as part of the ULTRAFAST project. The laser is a member of the FemtoPower series operating at a wavelength of 1064nm with a maximum pulse energy of 4μJ. The laser has a built-in pulse-picker which allows an end-user to step-wise change the laser repetition rate from 20 MHz to <1 MHz. CPPM will develop new types of photonic crystal fibres tailored for use within ultrafast fibre lasers to enable the delivery of femtosecond pulses with high peak powers. Dr John Clowes, Vice President of Research and Development at Fianium and project coordinator, is pleased with the potential outputs of the project: “ This award is a clear recognition of our achievements at the forefront of fibre laser technology. The collaboration with Lairdside and Bath University will be a great benefit in developing revolutionary new fibre lasers for materials processing and imaging applications. ” Dr Martin Sharp, manager of the Lairdside centre is encouraged by the success of ULTRAFAST “ I believe that it is important for Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre to foster a close relationship with laser companies such as Fianium, bringing our expertise in laser material processing to these projects and helping the company to exploit the laser source to its full extent. ” Dr. William Wadsworth, who leads the CPPM team, commented “ The ULTAFAST project gives us access to state of the art fibre lasers and allows us to carry out investigations in photonic materials using high energy and linearly polarised clean ultrashort optical pulses from a compact and user friendly fibre laser source. This will undoubtedly lead us to discovering exciting effects in photonic crystal fibres. ”

Fianium and the University of Bath Announce IP Assignment in Relation to Supercontinuum Generation/ Fianium 12/2008

17.12.2008 : Fianium and the University of Bath Announce IP Assignment in Relation to Supercontinuum Generation Southampton, United Kingdom (December 17, 2008) Ultrafast fibre laser manufacturers, Fianium, and the University of Bath have announced that rights in intellectual property generated by researchers at the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM – University of Bath) has been acquired by Fianium for commercial exploitation. The Intellectual Property relates to the design of novel photonic crystal fibres and laser sources for generating enhanced-blue supercontinuum light sources. The discoveries made by Professor Jonathan Knight and his team at the CPPM in the field of supercontinuum generation have now enabled, for the first time, high brightness supercontinuum sources spanning from below 400nm to beyond 2.4um. “ Understanding how the supercontinuum works and what has historically limited the short-wavelength edge of the supercontinuum has been crucial in our latest developments ”, commented Prof Knight. “ Once we discovered the relationship between the short-wavelength barrier and the dispersion of the PCF, we were quickly able to design a fibre structure capable of producing such white supercontinuua with high blue spectral content. ” The responsibility for negotiating the exclusive transfer of the resulting IP on behalf of the University of Bath rested with the Bath Ventures team. Dr Malcolm Cross, Director of Bath Ventures, said: “ We are very pleased to have struck this deal with Fianium. They are a leading supplier of ultrafast supercontiuum fibre lasers, and as such, are ideally positioned to exploit this development. ” Anatoly Grudinin, CEO at Fianium., commented “ There is natural synergy between ultrafast fibre lasers and nonlinear photonic crystal fibres and over the past three years, Fianium and the CPPM have forged a strong and successful partnership. The CPPM has an unrivalled history in the field of photonic crystal fibre research, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to work so closely with Jonathan Knight and his team. ” Fianium has now incorporated the Bath fibre developments into the company’s SC400 product range delivering continuous spectra from below 400nm to beyond 2400nm. The additional 50nm of short wavelength spectral components within Fianium’s SC400 product range now meets the requirements of many customers by eliminating the blue-deficiency common to all existing commercial superocntinuum laser sources. The developments now mean that the supercontinuum fibre laser can be considered a truly white light laser.

Ex-Coherent professional joins Fianium 03/2009

5.03.2009 : Ex-Coherent professional joins Fianium to drive growth and expansion into new commercial markets Southampton, United Kingdom (March 25, 2009) Ultrafast fibre laser manufacturer, Fianium announces the appointment of Colin Seaton as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Colin’s considerable experience and success in global business development and strategic marketing will help Fianium to continue to gain market share in the rapidly expanding laser technology market. Having already established a strong foundation in the scientific research community, Colin’s primary focus will be on helping Fianium to widen its reach and further exploit opportunities in industrial markets. Colin brings with him more than 25 years professional experience, 18 of which were spent in various senior management positions at Coherent Inc, where his primary focus was on business development and strategic marketing of ultrafast (non-fibre) lasers. Commenting on this latest appointment, Fianium CEO Anatoly Grudinin said: “ Bringing someone of Colin’s stature and experience to Fianium will add significant strength to our management team as we continue to grow our technology and business. In his time at Coherent he has proven his ability to successfully develop and penetrate new markets. His strategic skills will be pivotal in maintaining Fianium’s growth and driving the application of our technology within material processing and biomedical markets. Fianium can look forward to exciting times ahead. ” Colin Seaton commented: “ Fianium has an impressive heritage, and a talented team perfectly positioned at the junction of two key laser technologies (fibre and ultrafast lasers) with explosive growth potential. I’m relishing the prospect of helping the company to build upon its strong position in the scientific community and expand its already impressive growth into new commercial markets and geographical territories. ”

continuously tunable 8-channel system based on optical supercontinuum laser / fianium 01/2007

Southampton, United Kingdom (January 23, 2007) Fianium Ltd. introduced several unique ultrafast fibre laser systems at Photonic West, including continuously tunable 8-channel system based on optical supercontinuum laser integrated with a tunable filter. “ There is a number of instruments used in bio-medical applications that require sample excitation at multiple wavelengths. Such instruments often require several laser systems to cover the desired wavelength range. Our product offers a single laser solution for these applications, ” commented John Clowes, VP of Research and Development at Fianium.

white laser fianium 02/2008

Southampton, United Kingdom (February 22, 2008) Fianium have extended their unrivalled supercontinuum product portfolio with the release of the new SC400 and SC-PP laser sources, offering tunable pulse repetition rate from 100kHz to 40MHz and spectral content extending from below 400nm to beyond 2.5um. The SC400 is a world first for commercial supercontinuum systems, pushing the wavelength range of the laser to below 400nm while maintaining diffraction limited beam quality across the spectrum and delivering spectral brightness in the mW’s/nm range. The laser is based on proven fiber technology and operates at a fundamental repetition rate of 40 MHz. A built-in pulse picker allows the end-user to pre-set the repetition rate of the supecontiunuum radiation from 100kHz to 40 MHz. As a standard add-on unit, the supercontinuum lasers can be equipped with a multi-channel AOTF which provides up to 8 independently controlled wavelengths in the 400-2000 nm spectral range. “ The SC400 developments have been driven by customer needs to push the supercontinuum to ever shorter wavelengths, enabling replacement of conventional DPSS, diode and gas lasers in the visible from 405nm, ” commented John Clowes, VP of Research and Development at Fianium. “ The SC-PP adds an extra degree of flexibility to the supercontinuum technology, where tunable repetition rate enables measurement of varying lifetimes at any wavelength, something which previously required expensive modulated diode laser technology at very limited and discrete wavelengths. ”

white laser fianium 08/2008

Southampton, United Kingdom (August 21, 2008) Ultrafast fibre laser manufacturers, Fianium, have announced their latest ultrafast fibre laser offering – a low-cost, quasi-continuous-wave supercontinuum fibre laser source – the SC500-FC sc500-fc Available from less than €20K, the SC500-FC offers MHz repetition rates, in excess of 0.25W average power and has a single-mode fibre-delivered output which can be spliced or connected to any system or device under test. The SC500-FC has been developed to meet the growing need for quasi-continuous, turnkey broadband sources for component characterisation within the photonics sector. “ Existing « white light » sources rely on fairly narrow band SLED’s and ASE sources or Q-switched supercontinuum lasers which have issues with very low repetition rates in the KHz range, ” Commented John Clowes, Director of Business Development at Fianium in the UK. “ The high repetition rate (20MHz) and brightness (greater than 100μW/nm) of the SC500-FC supercontinuum laser from Fianium eliminates those power and repetition-rate issues inherent to SLED and alternative Q-switched supercontinuum sources. ” Delivering a continuous optical spectrum spanning from below 500nm to beyond 2μm, the SC500-FC incorporates a high power optical isolator which makes the technology immune to optical feedback and enables direct splicing of the single mode delivery fibre to devices, components and systems. The SC500-FC is the latest addition to Fianium’s unrivalled range of supercontinuum and ultrafast fibre laser technology and is complementary to the company’s world-leading SC400 and SC450 ranges of modelocked supercontinuum laser systems. All Fianium lasers are air-cooled, maintenance free and computer controlled. Additional features include fast modulation, with sub-millisecond rise and fall times, enabling fast interlocking and integration into automated processes.

white laser fianium 01/2009

12.01.2009 : Fianium previews new high performance supercontinuum fibre lasers at Photonics West 2009 Southampton, United Kingdom (January 12, 2009) Patent pending fibre secures continuity of high-quality supply and helps Fianium to extend its market and technology leadership. Ultrafast fibre laser manufacturer, Fianium has developed a new supercontinuum fiber laser based on its proprietary high performance photonic crystal fibre (PCF) design. Supercontinuum fibre lasers utilising Fianium’s superior PCF design will be rolled out during 2009 as the company seeks to extend its market and technology leadership in supercontinuum (SC) fibre lasers. Fianium’s lasers can be previewed on its stand (booth 6225) at Photonics West 2009 and booth 8132 at BIOS 2009 in San Jose, USA between the 24th and 29th January 2009. In 2008, in partnership with the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials at the University of Bath, Fianium developed a new type of PCF enabling superior performance SC fibre lasers. SC lasers based on Fianium’s PCF design offer true white spectrum covering the entire 390-2400nm band. They also deliver greater power in the visible 400-700nm part of the spectrum, compared to lasers based on conventional PCF enabling wavelength tunability with enhanced spectral brightness. Fianium has now developed a new patent-pending technique for fabricating such fibres in volume. The new supercontinuum fiber lasers have a number of advantages over conventional SC fiber lasers including their stability and no performance degradation over time. Because of its simplicity, Fianium’s method of pulling fibre is also less expensive than conventional techniques. Anatoly Grudinin, CEO at Fianium commented: “ Our high performance PCF design is evidence of Fianium’s technical superiority, which has evolved through the team’s 100 plus years of combined experience working with the world’s best universities and professors at the forefront of ultrafast fibre lasers. Supercontinuum fibre lasers built using our high performance PCF design and fabrication method offer customers the advanced technology edge with which to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Our fabrication method ensures high quality continuity of supply as we extend our technology and market leadership moving forward. ” About Fianium Fianium is the world leading manufacturer of ultrafast fibre lasers, providing a product portfolio of unrivalled diversity, uncompromised performance and reliability, to customers in academia and industry. Fianium’s team combines more than 100 years experience gained working at the forefront of the fibre laser industry. Its customers include key industry figures in bio-medical, material inspection and processing as well as leading professors from top universities around the world. For industrial applications, Fianium’s product portfolio offers users an affordable and energy efficient alternative to traditional laser solutions and a means to complete tasks quicker, cheaper and better. The company is also active in pioneering the use of fibre lasers in new applications, displacing alternative technologies and providing users with the ability to do new things. In academia, Fianium’s leadership in white light lasers offers users an advanced technology edge to conduct world class research and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Because of its team’s very strong academic links, Fianium has the essential in-house scientific skills and know how to help users of its technology to stay ahead of the competition and achieve their goals. Fianium has its world headquarters and manufacturing facility in Southampton in the UK and sales operations in the US, Japan and China.


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