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LASER COMPONENTS USA specializes in sales, distribution and marketing of components in the laser and optoelectronics industry. We have been serving customers over 15 years in North America with products from our manufacturing sites in Germany, Canada and the US, as well as from well-selected international suppliers. Our strength lies in the ability to offer FLEXPOINT® laser modules (at different wavelengths and power) and colorPol® dichroic glass polarizers (for the UV, VIS, and IR range) as single pieces or series production. Applications include alignment, positioning, and measurement.

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ModeStrip-Assemblies – High Power, Low Risk

POSTED 07/05/2017

Light Transmission without Cladding Modes

LASER COMPONENTS introduced its first own ModeStrip assemblies at LASER World of PHOTONICS. This technology allows for effective transmission of high-power laser light through optical fibers. Cladding modes no longer pose any threat.

In theory, light transmitted through optical fibers is reflected without any loss at the boundary between the fiber core and cladding, but practical experience has shown that a small percentage of the light is absorbed into the cladding in the form of so-called cladding modes that may cause thermal problems. With high-power lasers, cladding modes of just 2% or 3% may destroy the connector.

The new assemblies presented by LASER COMPONENTS are equipped with cladding mode strippers. The generated heat is absorbed by a cooling element and no longer presents any danger to the connector.

Cladding mode strippers are most prominently used in high-power systems, such as welding and cutting lasers, or for the pumping of fiber lasers. They are also needed in systems that require high beam qualities without cladding modes or that have to avoid thermal hot spots in the cladding.

About LASER COMPONENTS
LASER COMPONENTS specializes in the development, manufacture, and sale of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry. At LASER COMPONENTS, we have been serving customers since 1982 with sales branches in five different countries. We have been producing in house since 1986 with production facilities in Germany, Canada, and the United States. In-house production makes up approximately half of our sales revenue. A family-run business, we have more than 200 employees worldwide.