Originally published in German in Photonik 1/2008, this article on ultrashort pulse laser micromachining appeared in Laser (Europe)  as was written by our Director of Operations in Europe, Dr. Hans-Erik Swoboda

The ultrashort pulses from femtosecond lasers allow precise material processing and thus show great potential in the field of micro- and nano-processing. In the past, however, the rather low average power and low repetition rate of these lasers have hindered many commercial applications. First results from the application laboratory demonstrate that fs-lasers based on fibre technology are promising alternatives.