MONTFORT Laser Shapes the Future with Cutting-Edge Laser Tech

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MONTFORT Laser, a laser enterprise that specializes in compact pulsed laser sources mainly for scientific applications, analysis, test & measurement, defense, and materials processing applications, is at the forefront of the thriving laser industry with its groundbreaking advancements in laser technology, poised to revolutionize various industries. The company, founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Kopf, former founder and CEO of High Q Laser (now part of Newport), commercializes novel laser schemes, with pulse energies from the nanojoule to the 100mJ levels, with unique compactness.

MONTFORT Laser specializes in very compact diode-pumped solid-state lasers, utilizing laser materials such as Nd:YAG, Nd:Vanadate, Nd:YLF, Ytterbium-doped Double Tungstates, Ytterbium-doped Oxide Crystals, and others. Exceptional laser performance is achieved, considering the size and weight. They offer customization tailored to specific applications and requirements, encouraging clients to challenge them with their unique needs. The main focus of their services lies in nanosecond lasers and ultrafast specialty laser sources, which they deliver to clients worldwide.

The team at MONTFORT Laser has profound experience and skills in several critical areas essential for the development and production of cutting-edge laser technology. Some of their focus areas are:

  • Diode-pumping of Solid-State Lasers
  • Design & simulation of low-sensitivity robust laser resonators
  • Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SeSAMs) for ultrafast pulse generation
  • Tolerancing
  • 3D Opto-mechanical design & FEM
  • Prototyping to production engineering

MONTFORT Laser offers a wide range of pulsed lasers including, nanosecond Q-switched lasers, ultrafast specialty lasers, customs laser systems, and some laser accessories.

Nanosecond Q-Switched Lasers

M-NANO 80mJ 10Hz Nd:YAG All-in-one ns Laser

M-NANO 80mJ 10Hz Nd:YAG All-in-one ns Laser is a uniquely compact solution offering pulse energies exceeding 80mJ and pulse durations below 8 ns at a repetition rate of 10Hz. Designed for versatility, this laser system weighs less than 2 kg, making it ideal for space-constrained or portable applications. Integration into existing setups is seamless, requiring only a sub-mount for operation and an external 24-28 VDC power supply. With conductively cooled laser diode technology, this laser boasts lower power consumption, maintenance-free operation, and improved beam quality compared to traditional flash-lamp-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. Its applications span scientific endeavors such as laser analytics, LIBS, PIV, LiDAR, and defense applications like optical amplification.

M-NANO-OPO Nanosecond Tunable OPO Laser

M-NANO-OPO Nanosecond Tunable OPO Laser is a compact, all-in-one, air-cooled nanosecond OPO-laser system engineered in collaboration with GWU-Lasertechnik in Germany. This OPO laser, featuring >20-mJ-level output at 690 nm, is powered by an M-NANO-GREEN front end and is designed for seamless integration into a variety of applications. Manufactured by GWU-Lasertechnik, a renowned leader in OPO systems, this laser unit includes all necessary electronics, drivers, and cooling systems, requiring only a 24 VDC power supply for operation. With fast wavelength switching capabilities and multiple output options, including fiber bundle or free-space ports, this OPO laser offers versatility and performance in a remarkably compact form factor, suitable for space-constrained and mobile setups. Its low-delay, low-jitter trigger output ensures precise synchronization with external systems, while digital interfacing via RS232 or USB allows for easy control and integration. With exceptional size-to-output ratio, this OPO laser finds applications in photo-acoustic imaging, fluorescence, LiDAR, illumination, research, and beyond.

M-NANO 80mJ 10Hz Nd:YAG DPSS Laser

M-NANO 80mJ 10Hz Nd:YAG DPSS Laser offers enhanced compactness and flexibility through the separation of its electronics and laser head module. This design feature results in a compact yet powerful pulsed Nd:YAG laser capable of delivering pulse energies ranging from 50 to 80 mJ with pulse durations of 8 ns and pulse repetition rates of 10 or 20 Hz. With a total weight of the laser head module below 1 kg, this laser is well-suited for space-constrained and handheld applications. Integration into existing setups is seamless, requiring only a sub-mount for operation and an external 24-28 VDC power supply, along with a pulse trigger (TTL). By employing laser-diode-pumped technology and including a conductively cooled laser diode stack within the laser head, this laser achieves not only compactness but also lower electrical power consumption, reduced weight, maintenance-free operation, and improved beam quality, divergence, and focusability. Its versatility makes it suitable for various scientific applications such as laser analytics, LIBS, optical component damage testing, PIV, LiDAR, photoacoustic imaging, defense, and optical amplification.

Ultrafast Speciality Lasers

M-FEMTO 3W <100 fs Ytterbium Modelocked Oscillator

M-FEMTO 3W <100 fs Ytterbium Modelocked Oscillator is a sub-100 (or <250) femtosecond laser oscillator with an integrated, hermetically sealed Ytterbium solid-state laser, which is pumped by an external fiber-coupled laser diode (19° rack housing). With a Ytterbium-doped solid-state laser crystal at its heart, this laser generates sub-100-fs pulses with excellent stability and robustness with respect to noise, modelocked-Q-switching instabilities, and double pulsing. Mode locking is initiated by a Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror (SeSAM) optimized for sub-100-fs operation, resulting in self-starting pulsed operation. The soliton-mode-locking mechanism results in stable and spectrally clean pulses with a sech² pulse shape. The laser is pumped by the external, fiber-coupled laser diode. Applications include seeding of amplifiers, pumping of OPOs, super-continuum generation, ultrafast spectroscopy, Terahertz generation, nanosurgery & machining, etc.

M-PICO-LAB Nd:VAN Picosecond Modelocked Oscillator

M-PICO-LAB Nd:VAN Picosecond Modelocked Oscillator is a breadboard-style Nd: Vanadate picosecond modelocked oscillator that provides stable ~4ps pulse trains (up to 100ps specifiable) with a repetition rate around 80 MHz (pls. specify). The laser crystal is pumped by an external fiber-coupled laser diode (including, a 19" rack controller housing size). Pulsed, modelocked operation is self-starting and the 4ps-100ps operation shows excellent stability with respect to noise, modelocked-Q-switching instabilities, and double pulsing. Mode locking is initiated by a Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SeSAM) optimized for picosecond operation. The user can open the lid and make changes or additions to the laser as he wishes. This provides ultrafast laser research groups with an easy and cost-effective jump start to get going with ultrafast laser pulses at a wavelength of 1064 nm for leading research applications. Applications include seeding of Nd:YAG or Nd:YVO4 amplifiers at 1064 nm wavelength, nonlinear microscopy, pumping of OPOs, ultrafast spectroscopy, scientific research, etc.

M-PICO-LAB-REGEN Nd:VAN Picosecond Microjoule Laser

M-PICO-LAB-REGEN Nd:VAN Picosecond Microjoule Laser is a breadboard-style, open-housing picosecond laser based on a Nd:YVO4 modelocked seed oscillator which is amplified in a Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier into the >20uJ energy regime at low repetition rates (1...1000 Hz). This laser is based on diode-pumping and semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SeSAM) technology for mode-locking. Included is a 19" rack controller with the laser diode and control electronics. Pulsed, modelocked operation is self-starting and the 10ps-100ps operation shows excellent stability with respect to noise, modelocked-Q-switching instabilities, and double pulsing. Mode locking is initiated by a Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SeSAM) optimized for this picosecond operation. The user can open the lid and make changes or additions to the laser as he wishes. This provides ultrafast laser research groups with an easy and cost-effective jump start to get going with ultrafast laser pulses at a wavelength 1064nm for leading research applications. Applications include seeding of high energy Nd:YAG or Nd:YVO4 amplifiers at 1064nm wavelength, pumping of OPAs, frequency conversion, etc.

Custom Laser Systems

M-NANO 20 mJ - 100 mJ Nd:YAG All-in-one DPSSL Lasers

M-NANO 20-100 mJ Nd:YAG All-in-one DPSSL Laser offers a uniquely compact design, generating pulse energies up to >20-100 mJ with pulse durations of 8 ns and repetition rates up to 100 Hz. With a total weight below 2 kg, it's ideal for space-constrained and handheld applications. Integration is simple, requiring only a sub-mount and an external 24 V - 28 V DC power supply. Benefits include laser-diode-pumped technology for lower power consumption and improved beam quality, making it suitable for scientific applications such as laser analytics, LIBS, optical component testing, PIV, and LiDAR.

Accessories

SYNC Option

Synchronization add-on (accessory) is available for mode-locked laser oscillators M-FEMTO or M-PICO to synchronize the laser pulse train to a customer-provided low-noise electrical sinusoidal or square wave reference signal. This SYNC option comprises a phase-locked loop with a fine piezo (PZT) cavity length adjustment feature for the laser resonator and a coarse cavity length control by a motorized translation stage. It automatically keeps the mode-locked pulse train in synchronization with the reference signal with a low-timing jitter.

MONTFORT Laser's trajectory in the laser industry is nothing short of remarkable. Specializing in compact pulsed laser sources for a myriad of applications, from scientific research to defense, MONTFORT Laser has carved a niche for itself with its unparalleled innovation and commitment to excellence. As MONTFORT Laser continues to push the boundaries of what's possible in laser technology, the future looks brighter than ever, with endless possibilities awaiting exploration and discovery.