11/17/2009

Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH

Panasonic Introduces Small Form Factor Green Laser for Medical and Industrial Use

Düsseldorf, Germany (November 18, 2009) – At this year’s MEDICA, the world’s largest medical trade show that is being held in Düsseldorf, Germany (November 18 – 21), Panasonic will be presenting a small form factor green laser for medical and industrial use. The green laser is designed as a combination of QPM-SHG and fiber laser, and thus offers high-level wall plug efficiency as well as a compact head.

The laser is operated in M2 <1.2, continuous wave (CW) mode, and provides watt class and single mode (close to the diffraction limit) beam quality. Unlike solid state lasers that generate high temperatures, this laser emits only very little heat. The laser can provide stable continuous wave, features low power consumption and helps customers to design reliable systems. Furthermore, one of the key characteristics of the laser is that the wave length can be customized within the green-yellow wavelength range. Furthermore, customer-specific wavelength requirements can be implemented in the product. The first generation product 1.5W CW 532nm is expected to be released CQ1-2010. In addition, a 5.0W CW was successfully developed.

In the past, semiconductor-based solutions were used for highly efficient red and blue wavelength lasers, however, not for green wavelengths. For green wavelengths, other solutions, such as Argon gas lasers, which are relatively large in size and have high power consumption, and DPSS have been used. Even though DPSS lasers are smaller than Argon gas lasers, customers demanded further improvements in terms of reductions in both size and power consumption.

Green-ranged wavelengths have a high absorption ratio for oxyhemoglobin and less absorption for water. Thus, they are being widely used in medical applications such as photo coagulators, but they are also expected to be implemented in many other areas, especially in medical and industrial applications. Although other solutions, such as Argon gas lasers, have been used for analytical applications, QPM-SHG green lasers are expected to be the future solution to market demands, since they offer reduced size and improved reliability.


About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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