In order to help improve the performance of laser systems while reducing production costs, Osram Opto Semiconductors (Munich, Germany) is coordinating the IMOTHEB project (Integrated microoptical and microthermal elements for diode lasers of high brilliance) as part of the “Integrated Microphotonics” initiative. The project partners are DILAS Diode Laser and the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), a nonprofit research organization. The project runs from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015 and is being supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

The objective of the IMOTHEB project is to investigate new approaches and technologies that may ultimately lead to significant reductions in the cost of the pump modules, including the semiconductor lasers and also the cooling elements, optics and sensors. There are also plans over the course of the project to increase the output of semiconductor lasers by 40 percent while retaining the same high beam quality.


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