IPG Photonics

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IPG Photonics Corporation
Public
Traded as
IndustryPhotonics
Founded1990
Headquarters
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Valentin Gapontsev, CEO and Chairman
ProductsLasers, amplifiers and laser systems for materials processing, communications, entertainment, medical, biotechnology, scientific and advance applications.
Revenue$1.4 billion (2017)
Number of employees
4,362 (Date: 28. Oct. 2016)
Websiteipgphotonics.com

IPG Photonics is a manufacturer of fiber lasers.[1] IPG Photonics developed and commercialized optical fiber lasers,[2] which are used in a variety of applications including materials processing, medical applications and telecommunications.[1] IPG has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Russia and Italy.[3]

IPG also develops and manufactures fiber amplifiers, diode lasers and several complementary products used with its lasers, such as optical delivery cables, fiber couplers, and beam switches. Its products are sold globally and primarily used for materials processing, advanced technologies, telecommunications, and medical applications.[4]

The company is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts, with more than 25 facilities around the world.[5]

History[edit]

IPG was founded in 1990 in Russia by physicist Valentin Gapontsev, a pioneer in the field of fiber lasers and recipient of various awards.[6][7][8][9][10]

Building on previous demonstrations to improve the efficiencies of fiber lasers, in 1990, Valentin Gapontsev and Igor Samartsev first proposed using fiber laser technology to produce a high power laser beam, demonstrating 2W CW Er doped fiber lasers at 1.54μm and a 5W laser in 1991.[11] Using a side-pumping technique, Gapontsev and Samartsev’s unique fiber laser architecture enabled many semiconductor laser diodes to pump through one single-mode fiber.

This created a high power, infrared laser, with single mode beam quality.[12] This discovery also resulted in high power optical amplifiers. Optical amplifiers convert a small light signal into a powerful beam, often a thousand times brighter, but otherwise identical to the original signal. In 2018, these amplifiers are used in telecommunications and Internet networks to transmit data over optical fiber and free space.

In December 1991, Gapontsev and Alexander Shestakov founded NTO IRE-Polus to design and manufacture solid state lasers and laser materials.[13] The company was based in Fryazino, Russia. Shestakov left the company in 1994. Gapontsev started using the acronym IPG to refer to his company. It stood for IRE-Polus Group.[14]

In 1993, IPG received its first significant contract from Italtel, a large Italian telecommunications carrier.[15] IPG developed a 200 mW erbium doped amplifier for Italtel, which became IPG’s first marketable product. IPG then developed erbium fiber amplifiers using new a new pump design and fiber solution.[16][17] In order to introduce the technology to the market, Italtel convinced Gapontsev to transfer component production to Italy. This became IPG’s first European subsidiary.

In 2000, IPG introduced a 100-W diffraction-limited fiber laser using its multi-fiber side-coupling technology. In comparison, the conventional diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSLs) on the market used diode bars as the pump source, with each bar typically producing 40 W of power.[18] IPG invested in new high-capacity production facilities to manufacture its own diode pumps, a major component of its fiber lasers and amplifiers. As a result, IPG is able to produce most critical components for its lasers and amplifiers.

Between 2002 and 2003, IPG developed multi-kW industrial class fiber lasers. This was accomplished by combining the output beams of several 100-W fiber lasers.[19] IPG’s 2-kW industrial fiber laser was used for heavy-duty metal-welding applications in the auto industry. Over the next two years, IPG launched 1 and 2 kW single-mode ytterbium fiber lasers.[20] In 2006, IPG presented the world’s first commercial 3 kW single-mode fiber laser at the 3rd International Symposium on High-Power Fiber lasers and their Applications.[21]

The company went public at the end of 2006 and is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker IPGP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Esposito, Andi (23 February 2007). "Tenacity brought success to IPG Photonics". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, MA. Retrieved 14 Mar 2009.
  2. ^ Gavin, R. (1 May 2006). "IPG shines as it builds a better laser." The Boston Globe
  3. ^ "Contact/Visit IPG Photonics". Company Website. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. ^ "IPG Photonics on the Forbes Top 100 Digital Companies List". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  5. ^ "IPG Photonics to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences". AP NEWS. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  6. ^ "Valentin Gapontsev Receives Entrepeneur [sic] Award". Photonics.com. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Laser Luminaries" (PDF). SPIE. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Engineering Excellence Awards". Optical Society of America. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  9. ^ "LIA's Arthur L. Schawlow award". Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Valentin Gapontsev". Russian Presidential Executive Office. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  11. ^ Gapontsev, V. P.; Samartsev, L. E. (1991). "High-Power Fiber Laser". Advanced Solid State Lasers. Washington, D.C.: OSA. doi:10.1364/assl.1990.lsr1. ISBN 1557521204.
  12. ^ Gapontsev, V. P.; Samartsev, L. E. (1991). "High-Power Fiber Laser". Advanced Solid State Lasers. Washington, D.C.: OSA. doi:10.1364/assl.1990.lsr1. ISBN 1557521204.
  13. ^ "Ipg Photonics Corp (IPGP:NASDAQ)". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  14. ^ "IPG Photonics Turned Fiber Bust Into Laser Boom". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ "Independent Thinker: Valentin Gapontsev of IPG Photonics". spie.org. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  16. ^ "Ipg Photonics". World News. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  17. ^ "Russian laser chap lights up US". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  18. ^ Gapontsev, Valentin (2004). "Ultra high power Ytterbium fiber lasers". Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics. Laser Institute of America. doi:10.2351/1.5056129. ISBN 9780912035765.
  19. ^ Gapontsev, Valentin (2004). "Ultra high power Ytterbium fiber lasers". Pacific International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Optics. Laser Institute of America. doi:10.2351/1.5056129. ISBN 9780912035765.
  20. ^ Gapontsev, V.; Gapontsev, D.; Platonov, N.; Shkurikhin, O.; Fomin, V.; Mashkin, A.; Abramov, M.; Ferin, S. "2 kW CW ytterbium fiber laser with record diffraction-limited brightness". CLEO/Europe. 2005 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, 2005. IEEE. doi:10.1109/cleoe.2005.1568286. ISBN 0780389743.
  21. ^ Gapontsev, V.; Gapontsev, D.; Platonov, N.; Shkurikhin, O.; Fomin, V.; Mashkin, A.; Abramov, M.; Ferin, S. "2 kW CW ytterbium fiber laser with record diffraction-limited brightness". CLEO/Europe. 2005 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, 2005. IEEE. doi:10.1109/cleoe.2005.1568286. ISBN 0780389743.

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