Laser Splicing System
AFL’s LZM-100 is a glass processing and splicing system that uses a CO2 laser heat source rather than electrodes, ensuring repeatable performance and low maintenance, and eliminating electrode or filament maintenance and instability. Splicing or adiabatic tapering (to create mode field adapters or pump combiners) can be performed with glass diameters of 2.3 mm or less. The high resolution optical analysis system works in conjunction with on-board firmware for fully automatic splicing, tapering and other glass shaping processes.
CO2 laser as heating source
- Cleanest and lowest maintenance heating source available
- Class 1 laser safety enclosure with triple redundant interlock
- Dual split laser beam from a stabilized CO2 laser to achieve uniform heating
Advanced Glass Processing Application
An advanced, configurable system capable of producing tapers, ball lens, combiners, MFA, TEC, glass shaping, and splicing.
Clean & Stable Heating by CO2 Laser
The LZM-100 uses a CO2 laser heat source to heat fibers, ensuring repeatable performance and low maintenance, and eliminating electrode or filament maintenance and instability. CO2 laser heating also eliminates any deposits on the fiber surface that might occur from use of a filament or electrodes. The very clean and deposit-free fiber surface ensures reliable operation of very high power fiber lasers or power delivery systems.
Laser Power Stability
Typical CO2 lasers have an output power
fluctuation of +/- 5%. This produces
inconsistent splicing results and may cause
irregularity and ripple in a taper profile.
The LZM-100 utilizes proprietary (patent
pending) closed-loop power stabilization
techniques, resulting in power stability
within 0.5%, as shown to left. This enables
highly repeatable processes.
Advanced Adiabatic Tapering Capability
User-Friendly Tapering Graphical User Interface