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NKT Photonics gives license to PCF technology for use in supercontinuum lasersBirkerød, Denmark, )
NKT Photonics pioneered the field of photonic crystal fibers more than a decade ago and today the technology forms the backbone of several high performance product areas such as supercontinuum lasers and high power pulsed fiber lasers. Jakob Skov, CEO of NKT Photonics, explains:
"Supercontinuum generation has been around since the sixties but it was not until we commercialized the SuperK sources, based on our patented nonlinear photonic crystal fibers, that supercontinuum lasers became a viable alternative to existing light sources. Now, supercontinuum lasers are used in countless applications within e.g. bioimaging and optical characterization and we are happy to drive this change by giving companies around the World access to our technology needed to produce supercontinuum fiber lasers".
For PicoQuant GmbH, who specializes in pulsed diode lasers, single photon counting and fluorescence instrumentation, choosing NKT Photonics fiber technology for its new supercontinuum lasers was a key decision in the product strategy.
Rainer Erdmann, CEO of PicoQuant:
"We are extremely pleased to cooperate with NKT Photonics. We were looking for the perfect partner helping us to develop a freely triggerable supercontinuum laser, which extends the portfolio of our class leading products. As the pioneers of this technology and the company with the broadest portfolio, NKT was a perfect choice."
The first products using NKT Photonics fibers will be on display at the PicoQuant booth at Photonics West in San Francisco February 4-6, 2014.
About PicoQuant: PicoQuant GmbH is a research and development company in the field of optoelectronics. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in the science and technology park Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. The company is a worldwide leader in the field of single photon counting applications. The product line includes pulsed diode lasers and LEDs, photon counting instrumentation, fluorescence lifetime spectrometers and time-resolved confocal microscopes. PicoQuant employs currently around 50 people. Since April 2008 Sales and Support in North America is handled by PicoQuant Photonics North America Inc.
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