Spectra-Physics®, a Newport Corporation Brand, announces the world’s first, 5 Watt, all-in-one green Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser that combines the laser head and electronics into a single, compact package that fits in the palm of your hand.  The Explorer® XP 532-5 laser features the industry’s smallest footprint with air-cooled design, offering exceptional thermal management of less than 100 W under normal operating conditions.  The lightweight package (less than 3kg) makes it easy to integrate into machine tools and ideal for use on moving gantries in solar cell, LED and microelectronics manufacturing, and laser-marking applications.

The Explorer XP 532-5 industrial laser delivers exceptional performance including short pulse width for minimum heat-affected zone and high quality micro-processing, and high peak power for marking or selective ablation tasks.  The superior beam quality results in improved spatial resolution and depth of focus, translating into wider process windows.  Based on Spectra-Physics’ patented architecture, the new laser delivers exceptional pulse-to-pulse stability for consistent processing and higher yields.  The Explorer XP 532-5 laser operates across a wide repetition rate range from single shot up to 300 kHz for high throughput micro-machining. Other applications include LED chip marking, resistor trimming, memory repair, LIDAR, and thin film PV manufacturing.

All optical components are soldered in place, eliminating unwanted solder flux and minimizing organic contaminants that can degrade laser operation.  The ruggedized laser is tested to endure bare product shock and vibration with accelerations of up to 100 g. It offers reliable 24/7 operation with exceptional durability, even in the harshest environments.

“We are thrilled about this truly revolutionary, all-in-one laser,” says Jürgen Niederhofer, product manager at Spectra-Physics.  “We believe this compact, rugged laser will enable our customers to realize new system designs for reduced tool size, cost, and cost of operation, while delivering high quality micro-processing results.”

The new Explorer XP 532-5 will be showcased at SPIE’s Photonics West at The Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, January 25-27, 2011.  Please visit Newport’s booth #1301 for a demonstration.  For more information on the new Explorer XP 532-5 industrial laser, please visit: www.newport.com/Explorer-XP.

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets.

Newport’s innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers’ manufacturing, engineering and research applications.  Newport is part of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.