What the Future Prospects May Bring in Femtosecond Laser Applications

The femtosecond laser is an infrared laser (wavelength: 1,053 nm) with an ultrashort pulse duration (10-15 s). The early femtosecond laser systems operated with a low repetition rate (15 kHz) and thus required higher energy to operate. The new devices have an increased repetition rate (as high as 150 kHz), which leads to the utilization of less energy and shorter procedure duration. Also, the new devices vary in their programmed and customizable geometric cut patterns. Each laser system has distinctive features allowing it to be popularized for use in specific procedures.

Fiber lasers offer multiple advantages that are often crucial for certain applications and determine the popularity of fiber lasers. Fiber lasers offer an extraordinary surface-to-volume ratio. Fiber optic technology has been rapidly developing for the past 30 years, resulting in a significant progress in the field of fiber lasers. Lasers based on the fiber optic technology have been renovated into multimode- and single varieties with ultraviolet to far-infrared wavelengths that display high-power levels, adjustable repetition rate, and short pulse duration that is present in femtosecond fiber lasers.

Femtosecond fiber lasers, like other types of fiber lasers, offer lower cost of ownership, eco-friendly technology, high beam quality. These qualities make femtosecond fiber lasers highly desirable for multiple fields of application. The growing trend of green engineering through multiple industries has made these lasers a smart choice for marking and cutting applications. Fiber lasers are easy to automate and are energy proficient, which makes them a better substitute for traditional means of marking, such as ink based printing and chemical etching.

The femtosecond laser brings micron level accuracy, needle-free, blade-free surgery to the public and is the greatest breakthrough in cataract surgery in the last 25 years. This conclusion is justified by the fact that femtosecond lasers have the potential to carry out lens extraction or cataract surgery through a pin-prick incision and is far safer and superior to current cataract surgical techniques. Combined with computer controlled optical delivery systems, femtosecond lasers can produce precise surgical incisions without collateral damage to surrounding tissues.

Despite the successful and widespread use of the femtosecond laser in ophthalmic surgery, for many ophthalmologists and patient around the world, access to these costly lasers is a challenging limitation. A further logistical problem can take place if the laser system and operating room are not in close proximity. It is anticipated that this technology may become more accessible over time with increased surgical efficiency and improved patient outcomes.

A new report on the femtosecond fiber market outlines that the fiber laser market, in general, will continue to grow and expand while traditional techniques and instruments are being replaced by fiber laser systems.

Optromix Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, MA, USA, is a manufacturer of laser technologies, optical fiber sensors, and optical monitoring systems. We develop and manufacture a broad variety of fiber lasers, СО₂ lasers, Ti: Sapphire lasers, dye lasers, and excimer lasers. We offer simple erbium laser and ytterbium laser products, as well as sophisticated laser systems with unique characteristics, based on the client’s inquiry.

We manufacture lasers using our own technologies based on the advanced research work and patents of international R&D team. Laser processes are high quality, high precision, easily-automated manufacturing solutions that provide repeatability and flexibility.

If you are interested in Optromix femtosecond lasers, please contact us at info@optromix.com

 

 

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