Q-Switch Leader Gooch & Housego Unveils The Stallion At Photonics West 2008
The patent-pending Stallion manufacturing technique, developed at Gooch & Housego's Ilminster site, is the result of many years of research to advance Q-Switch technology. Gooch & Housego has successfully combined the corrosion resistant properties of stainless steel with the superior power handling of aluminium, to bring the new, Stallion version of the leading industry standard Q-Switch, which can be cooled with ordinary water and still deliver optimum performance.
"We are very proud of our reputation within the Q-Switch market, and with this new development we believe we have made a truly significant breakthrough," said Gooch & Housego Acousto-Optics product manager, Rob Swain. "Changes in the way that laser cooling has been implemented over recent years have created the requirement for a device with corrosion resistance. The Stallion technique enables us to deliver a Q-Switch that can extend the lifetime of products, reduce production downtime and cut engineer costs, whilst never compromising performance.
"We've created a cost-effective manufacturing technique that enables us to build a corrosion resistant Q-Switch and sell it at the same price point as previous models," concluded Swain.
Gooch & Housego is the world's leading manufacturer of acousto-optic Q-Switches. It was one of the first companies to develop compact Q-Switches for the first generation of diode-pumped lasers and has produced a wide range of devices optimised for specific customer applications, most recently including fibre-coupled Q-Switches for fibre lasers.
Gooch & Housego
Gooch & Housego is a global manufacturer of custom precision-optic, crystal-optic, electro-optic, acousto-optic and fibre-optic components for the industrial laser, bio-medical, defense, metrology and telecoms sectors. Gooch & Housego is owned by Gooch & Housego Plc, and was launched in January 2008 following the integration of five Gooch & Housego Plc companies: Gooch & Housego UK, Cleveland Crystals, NEOS Technologies, Landwehr Electronic, and SIFAM Fibre Optics.
Gooch & Housego Plc first started trading in 1948. The group also owns Chromodynamics and Optronic Laboratories, and is publicly quoted, with a listing on the UK's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
More information on Gooch & Housego and Gooch & Housego Plc is available at www.goochandhousego.com