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Design and control software update: meet updated PHAROS

18 June, 2019

The largest manufacturer of femtosecond Optical Parametric Amplifiers (OPAs) and Non-Collinear OPAs (NOPAs) Lithuania based company LIGHT CONVERSION is releasing update for femtosecond laser system PHAROS with new state of the art software interface and integrated power supply.

PHAROS is a femtosecond laser system combining millijoule pulse energies and high average powers. PHAROS features a mechanical and optical design optimized for industrial applications such as precise material processing. Compact size, integrated thermal stabilization system and sealed design allows quick and seamless PHAROS integration into machining workstations. The laser diodes pumping of Yb medium significantly reduces maintenance cost and provides long laser lifetime. Software tunability of the PHAROS allows the system to cover applications normally requiring different classes of lasers. Tuneable parameters include: pulse duration (190 fs – 20 ps), repetition rate (single pulse to 1 MHz), pulse energy (up to 2 mJ) and average power (up to 20 W). Its power level is sufficient for most of material processing applications at high machining speeds. The built‑in pulse picker allows convenient control of the laser output in pulse‑on‑demand mode. PHAROS compact and robust optomechanical design features stable laser operation across varying environments.

UPDATES:

  • New PHAROS enclosure based on the universal control platform.
  • Possibility to remove the external power supply and umbilical.
  • PHAROS platform now offer novel BiBurst functionality.

CARBIDE is now available with higher pulse energies and repetition rates

11 June, 2019

The largest manufacturer of femtosecond optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) and non-collinear OPAs Lithuania based company LIGHT CONVERSION launched latest ultra-compact and cost-efficient CARBIDE product updates.

The ultra-compact and cost-efficient CARBIDE features market-leading output parameters along with a robust design attractive both to industrial and scientific customers. With major industrial customers operating in display, automotive, LED, medical device, and other industries, CARBIDE reliability has been proven by hundreds of systems operating in 24/7 production environment. The lasers are mainly used for drilling and cutting of various metals, ceramics, sapphire, glass, and material ablation for mass-spectrometry. However, the CARBIDE laser always enables our customers to discover more efficient manufacturing processes.

UPDATES:

  • Updated maximum repetition rate for high power CARBIDE lasers.
  • Updated pulse energy and power for low power CARBIDE lasers.
  • CARBIDE platform now offers novel BiBurst functionality.
  • High power CARBIDE incorporates a fs/ns switch. A fs laser now can be quickly switched to ns operation while maintaining the same beam guiding optics during the processing. This eliminates the need of having 2 laser sources if ns applications are required.
  • FEC is released for high power CARBIDE laser, enabling fast pulse energy modulation.
  • Low power CARBIDE laser is now available in both air and water cooling modifications.


CARBIDE femtosecond laser features an output power of >40 W at 1028 nm wavelength. The laser emits pure pulses with ASE background of <10-9 and up to 400 μJ energy without any compromises to the beam quality, industrial grade reliability and beam stability regardless of the environmental conditions. Continuously tunable repetition rate in a range of 60 kHz to 2 MHz is combined with an in‑built Pulse Picker for output pulse timing and full-scale energy control with <10 microsecond response time, enabling arbitrary shaping of the emission. Pulse duration can be tuned in a range of 290 fs – 10 ps.

Excellent power stability of <0.5 % RMS is standard. Laser output can be split into several burst pulses of pico- and nano-separation while having the ability to modify the burst envelope. Harmonic generator options permit femtosecond applications at different wavelengths. The parameters are entirely software adjustable.

SYLOS laser started operation in ELI-ALPS

15 May, 2019
Szeged, Hungary

Prof. Gérard Mourou starting SYLOS laser system. Photo credits - ELI-ALPS Research Institute.

Nobel Prize winner Prof. Gérard Mourou pushed an improvised black color button. Femtosecond pulses, each featuring ~6.6 fs duration and ~32 mJ energy running at 1 kHz repetition rate were registered and visualized by a projector in front of a big auditorium.

That is how Single Cycle Femtosecond high intensity laser system SYLOS has been launched in ELI-ALPS Kutatóközpont facility in Szeged, Hungary. ELI-ALPS in Szeged, Hungary is one of the three pillars of the Extreme Light Infrastructure, which has been built in order to deepen the knowledge in fundamental physics by providing high repetition rate intense light pulses on the attosecond timescale. The Szeged facility will stand out from the institutes producing the highest intensity laser pulses in the world with its highest repetition rate and shortest pulses.

The Single Cycle Laser SYLOS, which employs OPCPA technology invented at Vilnius University Lithuanian research group of prof. Algis Piskarskas, has been designed and manufactured by a consortium of two Lithuanian companies – EKSPLA and LIGHT CONVERSION.

Two biggest Lithuanian laser companies have pooled their two technologies together. In this way, we have obtained a result which, in our opinion, would not have been possible for a single company alone. In creating this laser, we applied the latest knowledge based on the most recent scientific studies and general projects.

The consortium won SYLOS1 procurement tender in 2014. It took 5 years to design and build the system, which produces Carrier Envelope Phase (CEP) stabilized laser pulses with a peak power of 4.9 TW and an average power of ~32 W at 1 kHz repetition rate.

This state-of-the-art laser system opens the way for the investigations of nonlinear extreme ultraviolet and x-ray processes, four-dimensional imaging, as well as various industrial, biological and medical applications. Beyond fundamental research, this laser system will be utilized in the project aiming the reduction of the radioactive radiation of used nuclear fuel by a laser-related transmutation method, based on the idea and with the cooperation of the Nobel laureate Gérard Mourou and his coworkers.

“First of all I would like to start from thanks, big thanks for dreamers like Prof Mourou who raised ideas reaching beyond horizon, big thank to Hungary, to the people of Hungary, who took the challenge to go beyond the horizon in laser technology. And also big thanks to Lithuanian science leaders like Prof. Piskarskas, who created laser school, the field of knowledge in Lithuania. And what we have, we have a combination of dream, challenge and knowledge allowing us to create the biggest laser among the fastest – and therefore also the fastest laser among the biggest.” – noted Kęstutis Jasiūnas, EKSPLA CEO.

“The main technological backbone of ELI-ALPS will be optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) of few-cycle to sub-cycle laser pulses. Pumped by dedicated all-solid-state short-pulse (ps-scale) sources and their (low-order) harmonics, this approach will be competitive with conventional (Ti:sapphire-laser-based) femtosecond technology in terms of pumping efficiency and will dramatically outperform previous technologies in terms of average power, contrast, bandwidth, and – as a consequence – degree of control of the generated radiation.” – said Martynas Barkauskas from LIGHT CONVERSION.

“This is currently the highest average power produced by a multi-TW few-cycle OPCPA system” – mentioned Martynas Barkauskas from LIGHT CONVERSION, - “The system consists of an industrial-grade femtosecond laser Pharos (Light Conversion), which pumps femtosecond OPAs (Light Conversion) delivering passively CEP stable seed pulses, a specially designed diode-pumped Nd:YAG picosecond pump laser (EKSPLA), and 4 picosecond OPCPA stages, preceded by a seed pulse stretcher and followed by a compressor.“

“By leading of Hungarian ELI team scientists and engineers, their technical tasks and using technologies developed at Vilnius University, technologies mastered by two Lithuanian laser companies EKSPLA and LIGHT CONVERSION, most advanced technologies from other countries like France, United States, Germany and more others we have obtained a unique combination: extreme parameters plus extreme user friendliness. “ – added Kestutis Jasiunas, EKSPLA CEO. – “It is clear that even such a small countries as Lithuania and Hungary can make the biggest contribution to the future of lasers.”

G. Mourou: Lithuanians Deserve the Nobel Prize in Physics

20 March, 2019
Vilnius (BNS)

Gérard Mourou during Nobel press conference in Stockholm, December 2018. CC BY 2.0

The French scientist Gerard Mourou, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018, says that the main reason of success of the Lithuanian laser industry is the researchers. In his opinion, the pioneer of laser physics in Lithuania, Algis Piskarskas, is worth the Nobel Prize.

This week, G. Mourou visited companies ‘Light Conversion’ and ‘Ekspla’ based in Vilnius that have already built a global reputation. Furthermore, on Tuesday, he was declared as the foreign member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

G. Mourou gave interview to the BNS.

– What was the purpose of your visit to Lithuania?

– The main reason of me being here is my inauguration as the foreign member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. It is a great honour for me.

– Why, in your opinion, is Lithuania so successful in the field of laser industry?

– One of the reasons is that you have very goods scientists, good people. Professor Piskarskas is one of them. He is an excellent teacher – with his cooperation many of his students managed to develop these companies. which are now the best in the world. I also think that you have a very good combination – a company (‘Light Conversion’ - BNS) and the Laser Research Centre of the Vilnius University nearby, which I haven’t seen yet, but I already know about. It is very convenient. Here you have a good infrastructure.

– What made the biggest impression when visiting companies ‘Light Conversion’ and ‘Ekspla’?

– I was impressed by the variety – there are scientific lasers, but you also have lasers designed for the industry. I saw a lot of lasers and it is excellent in creating business and jobs - high value-adding jobs. In my opinion, it is particularly important. They (employees - BNS) are not making burgers, they are doing high-level jobs.

– You received the Nobel Prize for the invention of chirped pulse amplification technology. How could you explain the core of this technology?

– We tried to develop an ultra-high maximum power. Not necessarily very high average power. Power is a work divided by time – if you want to obtain an ultra-high maximum power, you need to have ultra-short light impulses. When we say short impulses, we mean millionths, billionths of a second. With impulses to short even the lowest amount of energy allows us to generate a petawatt of power. The petawatt peak power is so enormous that we can compare it with the total power generated by all the nuclear power plants around the world.

– Is that an ultra-powerful laser?

– Yes, it is a powerful laser, but it cannot be of a length of one or two metres, because a meter needs more energy. We use a very moderate amount of energy, however, the maximum power is enormous.

– What are the areas of application of this technology in practice?

– It is mostly applied in the fields of science, but can also have many applications for the needs of the society, for example, in laser vision correction surgeries. We basically have an ideal scalpel – with impulses so short we can cut the eye tissue with extreme precision. We can also accelerate the particles, accelerate the electrons. It is mostly applied in physics, but can also be applied in medicine, for example, in treating cancer.

– The winners of Nobel Prizes, especially in physics, usually come from large countries. Are there any chances for the scientists of small countries, such as Lithuania, to win the Nobel Prize in physics?

– In think you have a chance. The problem is that it is difficult to forecast. Considerable efforts are put in the process of selection of the winner. For example, I can tell you that Professor Piskarskas is certainly worth the Nobel Prize. People like him are worth it.

– However, it seems like there is more amiability to the bigger countries when selecting the winners of the Nobel Prize, isn’t it?

– No, I don’t think so. Of course, more winners of the Nobel Prize come from the United States, but that is because they have many universities with many faculties. It is the main reason why many winners of the Nobel Prize are from the big countries, but I don’t think that there is a certain amiability.

– Thank you for the interview.

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G. Mourou received the Nobel Prize for the invented chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technology last year together with the Canadian researcher Donna Strickland.

The researcher has been cooperating with the Laser Research Centre of the Vilnius University and professor A. Piskarskas since 1992. The CPA modification – optic parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) technology – was invented in Lithuania in 1992.

CPA technology is applied in lasers produced by ‘Light Conversion’ which are used by the largest global biochemistry, physics, chemistry and industry centres in Germany, Japan, the USA, China and the Great Britain.

Attention of Professor Gérard Mourou, the Nobel Prize Winner, to Lithuanian Students, Scientists and Laser Companies

19 March, 2019

Gérard Mourou at LIGHT CONVERSION facility

Lithuania received a visit of the Nobel Prize winner, the French scientist professor Gérard Mourou. On 19 March 2019, he was officially inaugurated as a foreign member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

In 2018, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three scientists – the French scientist prof. Gérard Mourou, the Canadian scientist prof. Donna Strickland, and the American scientist prof. Arthur Ashkin. Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland received the Nobel Prize for the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technology. This technology has enabled the development of ultra-high-power short pulse lasers. The research group of prof. Algis Piskarskas from the Laser Research Centre of Vilnius University has also significantly contributed to the victory of G. Mourou and D. Strickland. The work of the Lithuanian scientists was also quoted in the scientific background document of the 2018 Nobel Prize.

Prof. Gérard Mourou has been cooperating with the Laser Research Centre of Vilnius University and prof. Algis Piskarskas since 1992: the CPA modification – OPCPA technology (Optical Parametric Chirped-pulse Amplification) – was invented in Vilnius in the same year. The difference between the technologies invented by the Lithuanian scientists and by the winners of the Nobel Prize is that the technology developed by G. Mourou and D. Strickland cannot operate at a high frequency of repetition (the number of flashes per second).

The OPCPA technology of the Lithuanian scientists, however, can operate at a tremendous frequency as well in the broad range of the various waves lengths. The CPA technology is applied in lasers produced in Lithuania, for example, in PHAROS and CARBIDE lasers manufactured by LIGHT CONVERSION. These lasers are used by the largest research and industry centres around the world – in Germany, Japan, the USA, China and the Great Britain. The lasers operate in the research laboratories of biochemists, physicists and chemists. They are also applied in the industrial machines for drilling, cutting, surface structuring and also for grinding. Lasers are the core of various industrial machines produced by Swiss, German and Japanese manufacturers. Almost all mobile phones contain parts made by PHAROS laser of the Lithuanian origin. The cardiovascular surgeons from all over the world use the components made by PHAROS lasers at their work. There are thousands of vehicles in the world with engine parts processed by using PHAROS laser.

Long-term Cooperation

Prof. Gérard Mourou made substantial efforts for Lithuania to be invited to participate in the initial stage of the Extreme Light Infrastructure in 1998. An introductory project aimed at full membership of Lithuania in the ELI is currently in progress. Laser system made in Lithuania and based on CPA and OPCPA technologies is already operating in the ELI facility in Hungary. Another powerful laser system is currently produced in Lithuania for the Czech ELI facility and it should be one of the most powerful laser facilities in the world.

Cooperation between prof. Gérard Mourou and the Lithuanian researchers and scientists resulted in remarkable benefits to Lithuania. He constantly invites Lithuanian laser specialists to various conferences to deliver key-note reports, consults Lithuanian researchers and doctoral candidates.

The laser technology development industry in Lithuania is a prospective field of industry that has achieved strong positions in the world. It is one of the underlying fields of the Lithuanian economy that closely links the three main chains of the creation of added value – science, innovations, and production. The achievements of the Lithuanian researchers in the field of lasers are particularly appreciated, whereas the production developed by the national laser specialists is demanded across the world.

‘The fact that professor Gérard Mourou responded to the invitation of students and scientists means that he highly appreciates the achievements in the field of laser science and innovations in Lithuania,’ says the colleague of the guest, prof. Algis Piskarskas. The winner of the Nobel Prize read a plenary lecture at the International Conference for Students and Young Researchers of Physics and Natural Sciences ‘Open Readings’, which was also an inauguration lecture of the foreign member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

Change in management at LIGHT CONVERSION

01 March, 2019

Dr. Algirdas Juozapavičius and dr. Martynas Barkauskas

There have been some changes at LIGHT CONVERSION, a manufacturer of lasers and laser systems. After 25 years of running the company, Dr Algirdas Juozapavičius is assigning the helm to Dr Martynas Barkauskas. Dr Algirdas Juozapavičius will continue as adviser to the company’s management. ‘After the intensive work that lasted a quarter of a century, time has come to devote more attention to the family and activities that I haven’t had the time for,’ said Dr Algirdas Juozapavičius.

Dr Algirdas Juozapavičius has been the head of the company that makes lasers for research, industry, and medicine, since its inception in 1994. The business was born out of research work developing innovative light technology. The physicist and a few other likeminded peers founded a company that has been putting Lithuania’s name and the achievements of the researchers working at it on the map for twenty-five years already with its work. Under Dr Juozapavičius, LIGHT CONVERSION has been awarded various business trophies.

In 2018 alone the company earned two innovation awards: a national one from the Lithuanian Innovation Centre, and an international prize from the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Association of Science/Technology Parks and Innovation Centres.

The company has been acclaimed for its ample investments into research and experimental development, for the development and production of high-value products, and for its enormous potential to grow on international markets. The company has been repeatedly awarded the export, Product of the Year trophies and various international innovation prizes. In 2007, LIGHT CONVERSION was granted the National Progress Award for mustering the Lithuanian laser science and industry for a breakthrough into the global markets.

Dr Algirdas Juozapavičius has been commended for his personal achievements as well. In 2018, for merit to Lithuania and promotion of the country’s name around the world he was given the Knight’s Cross of the Order for Merit to Lithuania and received a CEO of the Year nomination; in 2019, he was awarded a St Christopher statue by the city of Vilnius for merit to science and business.

The company’s new CEO, Dr Martynas Barkauskas, began his career in LIGHT CONVERSION back in 2009, when he worked as an engineer constructor at the Laser Department; later, he became head of the Laser Department’s service team, and in 2014 became the head of the Sales Department. In 2009, he defended a thesis in the field of physical science titled ‘Kinetic Spectroscopy of Nonlinear Crystals and Photochromic Switches’ and was awarded a doctoral degree of science.

The year 2019 is a time of change at LIGHT CONVERSION. On February 28, the company marked its 25th anniversary. In February 2019, UAB MGF Šviesos Konversija had its name officially changed to LIGHT CONVERSION, UAB. There have been some changes in the company’s management as well: the company’s board was appointed with Professor Emeritus Habil. Dr Algis Petras Piskarskas and Dr Romualdas Danielius, Mykolas Juozapavičius, Marc Watremez, Dominykas Vizbaras as its members.

About LIGHT CONVERSION

The products of LIGHT CONVERSION, UAB, a manufacturer of laser systems, are exported to more than 40 countries worldwide. Its main clients are industrial companies and scientific institutions, its key products, femtosecond lasers and their systems, most of them exported to major global scientific and industrial centres in Germany, Japan, the US, China, Great Britain. Currently, the company has dealers and partners in European, North American, and Asian countries, as well as branches in the US, China, and South Korea.

Over the past few years, the company has been growing and expanding rapidly. In 2013, it moved into a new 4,050 sq. m building, which now houses laser and nonlinear optic device manufacturing and research departments, a cleanroom unit, and the administration. The summer of 2018 marked the inauguration of a new 2,500 block where manufacture is being developed, research done, and new cutting-edge lasers designed. The total area of scientific and manufacturing facilities has grown to over 6,500 sq. m. New lasers and laser systems are developed in 20 scientific and manufacturing laboratories, with 9 more laboratories to be launched in the nearest future.

Notification regarding the change of the company name

08 February, 2019

Please be informed that as of 8 February 2019, the UAB MGF Šviesos Konversija has changed its name to Light Conversion, UAB.

Please use the new company name in all documents addressed to our company.

All other details of the company, e.g. address, phone and bank details remain the same:

Company: Light Conversion, UAB
Address: Keramiku 2B, LT-10233 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone +370 5 2491830
E-mail: company@lightcon.com
Registration No: 222598890
VAT payer code No: LT225988917
AB SEB bankas, bank code: 70440, SWIFT: CBVI LT 2X
IBAN: LT 66 7044 0600 0109 2294

CEO Dr. Algirdas Juozapavičius was honored with Vilnius Municipality award

25 January, 2019

The St. Christopher awards were presented in Vilnius city hall.
Dr. Algirdas Juozapavičius second from right

We are delighted and proud to announce that, Light Conversion CEO Dr. Algirdas Juozapavičius was awarded St. Christopher’s statue for his business and science merits in Vilnius. Dr. Juozapavičius dedicated this award to the whole Vilnius laser scientist’s community.

The St. Christopher awards were presented in Vilnius city hall.

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