is a manufacturer of fiber lasers
and fiber amplifiers
. The company developed and commercialized optical fiber lasers
.Gavin, R. (1 May 2006). "IPG shines as it builds a better laser." The Boston Globe
IPG’s fiber lasers are used in a variety of applications including materials processing
, medical applications and telecommunications
IPG has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Russia and Italy, and regional sales offices in Japan, South Korea, India, and the United Kingdom.
Fiber lasers consist of a special optical fiber whose core
has been infused with rare-earth ions
which create optical gain when pumped
by a diode laser
. They can produce beams with good quality and high output power from a compact device, with long life, high energy efficiency, and lower total cost of ownership than comparable conventional lasers. Fiber lasers are replacing conventional lasers in many applications.
IPG began operations in Russia in 1990 and was founded by Dr. Valentin P. Gapontsev who was a research physicist. In the beginning, IPG made and sold customized glass and crystal lasers, wireless temperature meters for hyperthermy and laser components. In 1992, the company began focusing exclusively on the development of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers.
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