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Quantel Laser releases ultra compact diode-pumped Q-switched laser

Simple All-in-One Design Targets OEMs Developing LIBS, Semiconductor Repair and other Laser Based Instrumentation

15 February 2016 Back


Bozeman, MT, USA – Quantel Laser, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-power, solid-state lasers for Scientific, Industrial, Military and Medical applications, today announced the release of the Viron™ diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The Viron™ was specifically designed for high efficiency in a robust, compact package favored by instrumentation manufacturers. This laser will be displayed for the first time at the Photonics West 2016 trade show in San Francisco, USA.

As applications such as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) move out of the lab and into industry, the demands on the laser source are tremendous.  For example, LIBS based instruments are being developed and deployed for applications ranging from metals identification to soil analysis to process control.  Industrial instrumentation manufacturers require laser sources that are small and lightweight, and virtually maintenance-free. The Viron™ delivers up to 30 mJ @ 1064 nm in an 8 nanoseconds at a pulse repetition rate of 20 Hz.

The Viron™ is a complete integrated package (laser head and control electronics in one housing) requiring only DC power. Its compact size and industrial command protocol enables easy integration into all types of instrument solutions. Optimized for LIBS, pulse energies of 10s of mJ combined with a low divergence beam enables the tight focus required to generate a plasma on all kind of non-transparent samples. Active Q-switching provides full synchronization capabilities with the spectrometer and excellent pulse energy stability.

“LIBS has been an important application for Quantel for years,” commented Thomas Kraft, Quantel Product Line Manager. “With the addition of the Viron™, we are supporting our customers as they move LIBS from research into real world applications. Though Photonics West marks the formal release of the Viron™, Quantel has already begun shipping customized versions in volume to OEM customers.” 

“Quantel’s Big Sky Laser product line has long been synonymous with compact, rugged, real-world lasers”, said Gregory Smolka, VP Sales & Marketing. “We have a large base of DPSS lasers operating in the field, many in 24/7 operation.  The Viron™ builds on this legacy, expanding Quantel’s DPSS laser offering and enabling our customers and partners to develop new applications, confident that the laser will perform”.

Key features

  • Compact, rugged all-in-one package
  • Up to 30 mJ @ 1064 nm
  • Highly focusable for efficient plasma generation
  • Harmonics and special OPO wavelengths available
  • Designed for integration into instrumentation

The Viron™, along with Quantel Laser’s entire line of lasers including compact, industrial, pulsed nanosecond lasers, fiber lasers, laser diode stacks and tunable laser solutions will be showcased at Photonics West in San Francisco, USA from February 16-18, 2016. 

Quantel Laser is located at Booth #2123.

Further information about Quantel’s Viron™ is available direct at or through an authorized Quantel representative.

For more information on this or any other Quantel product, please contact a customer service representative at: 1-877- QUANTEL, 1-877-782-6835.

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