Video: Finisar Demonstrates New WaveShaper Instrument A-Series Filters at ECOC 2016

Video: Finisar Demonstrates Laser Pulse Shaping in a WaveShaper

WaveShaper® Programmable Optical Processors pass another milestone: 1000th unit shipped

Finisar’s WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors passed another milestone last month with the shipment of our 1000th unit. Since its introduction in 2009, the WaveShaper processor has become a ‘must have’ piece of optical test equipment for many labs around the world, with some customers having bought over 30 units each to use across a wide range of applications. We started with the WaveShaper “E” series which was available only as a 1×1 or 1×4 configuration for use in the C-band.

Over the past 7 years, we have continued to improve the performance of the WaveShaper processor and expanded the range of WaveShapers to over 25 different ‘flavours’ operating not just in the C-band but also in the L-band and also covering the combined C+L bands.

Finisar now produces a range of WaveShaper processors including WaveShaper 1000, WaveShaper 4000, WaveShaper 16000 and WaveShaper M-Series.

We have also added support for other wavelength ranges outside the main telecom wavelengths and now offer a single-polarisation version of the WaveShaper processor for use in short-pulse lasers at around 1µm. A companion single-polarisation pulse-shaper for 1.5µm fibre lasers is also available.

On the software front, the software to control the WaveShaper processor has come on in leaps and bounds. Various versions of the software can be seen below and these are now joined by additional functionality through the WaveSketch and Fourier Processor programs which now form part of the overall WaveManager software package.

Different versions of the WaveShaper processor control software including Original ”E” Series LabVIEW software from 2009, WaveShaper Control Software (c. 2010) and the current WaveManager Application Suite.

We’re tremendously proud of what we’ve achieved with the WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors and the capabilities that they have provided to scientists and engineers around the world. We look forward to continuing to support all our existing customers, and many new ones, as we develop new capabilities and variants of the WaveShaper processor range over the coming years.

For more information on the WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors visit our website product page.

FINISAR SHOW PREVIEW: Photonics West 2016

Off again next week to the annual Photonics West extravaganza at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. With over 20,000 attendees, 1,250 exhibiting companies, and 4,700 technical papers on everything from biophotonics, through industrial lasers to display technologies, Photonics West now dwarfs the other major optical communications conferences.

It was not always thus, and in the days of the Telecom Bubble of the late ‘90s, when too many exhibitors was barely enough, OFC was THE place to be if you could even spell “Photonics”. I was reminded of this recently when I unearthed the following cartoon, originally published on in 2000, which sums up the madness of the time quite nicely.
Returning to the present, Photonics West has the usual raft of academic papers in search of the holy grail of optical health monitoring – non-invasive glucose monitoring. There is a great backgrounder on just how much time and effort has been spent on the pursuit of this noble, but highly elusive, goal, in the e-book The pursuit of non-invasive glucose: “Hunting the deceitful turkey” by John Smith. If you have any interest in this area whatsoever, this book is highly recommended.

From the Finisar perspective, we’ll be showing how you can generate fully-controllable psec and fsec pulses or pulse trains using our WaveShaper 1000/SP for 1µm in conjunction with the psec fiber laser from Southern Photonics and an A·P·E Autocorrelator. To quote Prof John Harvey, CEO of Southern Photonics, “Finisar’s WaveShaper 1000/SP product provides a definitive solution for the growing requirements of ultra-fast pulse-shaping. The flexibility and scalability of this elegant technology add a new dimension to what is possible in ultra-fast lasers for machining and bio-medical applications.” Be sure to visit our booth 4242 at the show for a live demonstration.

Finisar subsidiary LightSmyth Technologies will be showing their breakthrough low cost diffractive optics and lens arrays, also at booth 4242. These allow for arbitrary beamshaping and wavefront transformation to produce lenses, vortex phase plates, axicons, beamsplitters, pattern generators, computer generated holograms and other optical components. Multiple optical functions may be combined on a single optical surface of a glass or fused silica substrate and no organic materials are used. The advantages are low cost, wafer scale mass volume production capability, high performance, high power damage threshold and environmental stability. For more details, read the press release.

All of these, plus our range of high-speed detectors and receivers with bandwidths up to 100 GHz, will be on display at our booth next week at Photonics West in San Francisco.

See you there!

Finisar WaveAnalyzer Product Family Video Demonstration at ECOC 2015