Fiber Lasers and Telecommunications Equipment
Shareholders in Portfolio Company
Investment Started: 2010
5.51 bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO1.55 bln rubles
Production of fiber lasers and modern high-tech communications equipment
The history of laser pioneer IPG Photonics Corporation of Oxford, Massachusetts, begins more than two decades ago with Russian company
Products from this project are designed for industrial applications—cutting, welding, tempering, depositing, microprocessing, and engraving of metal parts. The tools are significantly more precise and more productive than competing products.
Areas of application
- Materials processing
- Commercial printing
- All areas of manufacturing in which powerful lasers can improve production, particularly processing of highly durable materials of different thicknesses in metallurgy, shipbuilding, and automobile construction
- Lower energy consumption
- Greater productivity
- Compactness and mobility of equipment
- Highly stable power output
- Higher performance index
- Lower operating costs
In-houseproduction of key elements
29 June 2012
02 November 2010
Technologies and Products
Fiber laser—an optical laser beam generator in which the working environment is active fiber pumped by beaming, most often with a diode.
Fiber laser is made up of a pump source with fiber output; an active, single-mode fiber optic, the diameter of the core of which usually ranges from 10 microns to 30 microns; and intrafiber lattices refraction index.
Fiber lasers have output power of as much as 50 kW, yet they are free of the typical inadequacies of solid-state lasers: distortion of the wave front stemming from defects of the crystal and fluctuations in the power of the beam. As a result, the output powers of fiber lasers can be much higher. The fiber structures are economical: they need virtually no technical servicing, and their cooling systems are much more straightforward because of their high efficiency. This facilitates a significantly more compact fiber laser.
Fiber lasers were invented more than 20 years ago. At first, they were used to strengthen optic fiber communication lines. The development of these devices raised the power of beams to several tens of watts, making it possible to use them for laser processing of materials. IRE-Polus and its parent-company IPG Photonics played a key role in the appearance of powerful, economical, and easy-to-adapt fiber lasers. The first fiber lasers entered the market in the 1990s. By 2002 they reached one kilowatt of power. By 2006, fiber lasers with 36 kilowatts of power had already been perfected, a significant advance in comparison to gas lasers whose maximum power is 20 kilowatts. Achievement of such high power owes much to nanotechnology applications, particularly:
- nanostructured fiber and
- laser diodes whose active layer has a thickness of less than 100 nanometers