Greetings! I am proud to present our brand new labs at the Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies! After a whole year of construction work, repairs and various emotions, the renovated labs are finally ready for action. And for our (many…) readers exclusively, I will present our optical arsenal.
Our CW lasers lab is home of Coherent’s mighty Verdi laser – a DPSS at 532 nm wavelength and a maximum output power of 12 W. Right next to it is the Japanese hero from Kimmon – a He-Cd laser at 441,6 nm and 0,18 W output.
We also got two laser diode systems from BWtek at 780 and 635 nm and a few more systems from Cobolt and Coherent – no need for an extensive description of everything for now, hopefully you’ll meet again with some of these lasers in a future post that will be more specific. The important thing is we got the reds, the greens and the blues covered. So a multicolour hologram, maybe, someday? It will be very exciting!
Apart from the CW lab, we also got a separate pulse lab, where our two Nd:YAG lasers rest for now. They are around 1 μm but they are mainly used for second harmonic generation. Third and fourth harmonics are also possible although weak.
Hmm, this post turned out shorter than I imagined… Sorry. I hope you liked this sneak peek of the labs and I will be glad to show you some *real* work soon. In the meantime, here’s an abstract-spectrum-thing painting I made for our new office rooms at the Institute – if my colleagues like it, we may even hang it on the wall: