The LPY series of pulsed lasers have been designed to suit almost any industrial or research application in which a high-energy or high-specification Nd:YAG laser is required. Based around a fully self supporting invar rail the LPY series exhibit both exceptional mechanical and thermal stability. A ‘no-compromise’ design approach is evidenced in the build quality, a parameter that sets these lasers well apart from any of their competitors.
The modular design of the laser head allows a wide variety of resonator configurations to be offered, from single rod oscillators to fully birefringence compensating twin-rod-oscillator, twin-rod-amplifier systems. Furthermore, a choice of stable, stable-telescopic or unstable Gaussian-coupled resonators is available, allowing the customer to specify a system that suits their requirements.
The LPY range is comprised of three series, the LPY600, LPY700 and LPY7000 series. All utilise the same robust invar stabilised, modular construction, the differences being in the resonator and amplifier topologies.
The LPY600 lasers are oscillators or oscillator amplifier systems with a single rod in the oscillator or amplifier. These are predominantly used for low (up to 30Hz) repetition rates and moderate power outputs.
The LPY700 lasers are oscillators and oscillator amplifiers that use a twin-rod architecture in both the oscillator and amplifier to effectively compensate for the thermally induce strain birefringence in the laser rods. Such a method leads to very high beam homogeneity (especially in the harmonic wavelengths) at high power throughputs. This allows the LPY700 series to run at up to 200Hz with high energy outputs and extremely uniform beam profiles.
The LPY7000 lasers are ultra high output energy systems that give outputs of up to 3.5J per pulse.
All LPY lasers can be fitted with an optional injection seeder to give SLM outputs.
Energies of up to 3.5J and repetition rates of up to 200Hz are standard. Applications include Dye laser pumping, OPO pumping, Spectroscopy, LIBS, LIDAR, PIV and many more.
Features, Options, Benefits and Accessories
LPY Concept – Cost effective Customization
The LPY Series is built on the industrial Invar space frame platform, which offers incredible stability. The modular nature of this design enables complete design customization to enable the customer to specify a laser system that is truly fit for purpose. The design also allows for easy maintenance when replacing consumable parts such as flash lamps that renders down time to a minimum.
Configurable features include
- Specification of cavity type i.e. stable, Gaussian, telescopic
- Cavity etalons to reduce the line-width of the output
- Harmonic generation modules for 532, 355, 266 and 213nm
- Process shutters to ensure repeatable output energy from the first shot
- Sealed case to stop ingress of dust and dirt
- Complete software control with easy integration into proprietary software including LabView integration
- Bespoke conduit length
Litron Ultra High Energy Lasers – Extending Outputs to 10J
In designing the Ultra High Energy range of laser systems, Litron built on the already robust and reliable LPY platform. Many new features have evolved during the design of this range that complement the industry proven LPY designs offering q-switched outputs from 4J to 10J at 1064nm.
Advanced Benefits Include
Full System Monitoring
All systems feature a fully integrated control system that monitors many system parameters ensuring reliable operation. A comprehensive interlock suite coupled with touchscreen control and reporting ensure that the user is in full control of the laser and in full knowledge of it’s performance.
Remote Automation and ease of Integration
With a host of interface options such as RS232, ethernet and CAN and a full software suite with necessary drivers and LabView integration the LPY series offer an unprecedented ease of use for both industrial systems integrators and academic researchers alike.
Advanced Features Include
Motorised harmonic generation stages
All harmonics are available with optional auto-tracking and auto-tuning. The system will automatically peak the output energy at startup or on request. Auto-tracking continuously seeks to maximise the output energy during operation whereas auto-tuning will maximise the output upon request.
Harm switchMotorised Harmonic Separation and Switching
Motorised harmonic switching allows for remote switching between output wavelengths. When used in unison with the motorised harmonic generation and motorised mirror stages each configurable wavelength can be selected and optimised remotely at the push of a button.
Integrated Type II BBO OPO
Optimum output characteristics are achieved by matching the pump source to the OPO. A tuning range of 200-2300nm can be achieved with appropriate options. Both 355nm and 532nm pumped OPOs are available both with optional frequency doubling.
Litron Injection SeederIntegrated Injection Seeder
With the addition of an injection seeder output linewidths of 0.0016cm-1 are possible. The use of a high stability, high power SLM seed laser gives unsurpassed lock for continuous SLM output. Litron offer both true TEM00 and Gaussian-coupled resonator options with injection seeding.
Line narrowing etalons allow the linewidth of the laser output to be reduced for increased coherence length. In a stable resonator, the use of an output coupling etalon gives a linewidth of about 0.3cm-1 and an additional intra-cavity etalon will reduce the linewidth to about 0.06cm-1.
In an unstable Gaussian-coupled resonator an intracavity etalon will reduce the linewidth to about 0.15cm-1.
Variable Optical Attenuator
A variable optical attenuator is useful if the temporal profile of the pulse needs to be maintained at different output energies. The use of a half-wave plate and polariser allows continuous adjustment of the output energy with negligible effect on either the spatial or temporal pulse characteristics. Such attenuators are available for both 1064nm and harmonic wavelengths.
Litron inline monitorIntegrated energy monitor and closed-loop stabilization
A calibrated photodiode based energy monitor enables accurate energy monitoring of the output energy and optional closed-loop stabilization of the laser and harmonic outputs.
Using a closed-loop feedback system, the motorised attenuator can be adjusted to maintain a set output energy to compensate for flash-lamp degradation due to ageing.
Options for Systems Integrators
The inherent strength and stability of the LPY construction very easily lends itself to securely mounting beam handling solutions such as articulated arms or scanning gavlo heads.
(Full Range Specification PDF file - 700 Ko)