June 20, 2003 – Irvine, CA – Newport Corp. has unveiled a new refractive beam shaper that it claims converts Gaussian laser beam input to produce a collimated, flat-top beam with nearly 100% efficiency.
Newport’s refractive beam shaper relies on low-dispersion refractive optics, and can propagate without change in power and intensity, or loss of uniformity over large distances. The company says the beam shaper has benefits over diffractive optics including collimated output, wavelength insensitivity, and simpler alignment.
The technology will be developed with applications in mind for lithography, laser processing, nonlinear optics (e.g. high-energy lasers) and microscopy and printing.