The aftermath of Photonics West 2015

Well, that was intense!

As expected, Photonics West was its usual insane self. Despite a personal resolution to get to see more of the technical sessions this year, the exciting traffic at the Finisar booth meant that even getting a few minutes to walk the show floor was a bit of stretch.

The new WaveShaper 1000/SP for 1µm which we launched at the show was a definite hit, with a number of existing WaveShaper™ customers exclaiming “At last! We’ve been waiting for 1 µm version for ages. When can we get one?” For those who missed it, the WaveShaper 1000S/SP for 1µm is a single-polarization, fully-fibered pulse shaper, complete with its own GUI for ease of use and programming API for system integration. We have already supplied the first demo units to a short-pulse laser manufacturer and plan to be shipping more demo units over the short term.

Amongst the huge number of technical papers in the biophotonics area, the various flavors of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) continue to receive a high level of attention at both research and commercial levels. It is also apparent that femto-second lasers (usually fiber-based) are clearly a growing area for commercial development. By the time we finished dismantling and packing up the booth on Thursday evening, it was definitely time for a cold drink. A few weeks to recover and then we’re off to laser World of Photonics in Shanghai from the 17-19th March and OFC in Los Angeles from the 24th to 26th March.

See you there!