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IPG Photonics buys Veeco MBE reactor

The tool will be used for III-V laser production
IPG Photonics Corporation has purchased an additional Veeco GEN2000 production MBE system to add to its fleet of Veeco MBE systems.

GEN2000 MBE tool

Located in Oxford, Massachusetts, IPG will use the GEN2000 for high-volume manufacturing of laser diodes for fibre lasers. IPG Photonics Corporation is a manufacturer of high-power fibre lasers and amplifiers and now utilises multiple Veeco MBE systems in its laser production operations.

"Veeco's GEN2000 is the perfect complement to our existing set of Veeco MBE systems because of its superior throughput and low production costs," says Alex Ovtchinnikov, Senior Vice President, Components at IPG Photonics. "Having the ability to transfer production methods from our other Veeco MBE systems means we can ramp laser diode production quickly and reliably to meet increasing demand for our fibre lasers."

With their excellent performance, low power consumption and favourable ownership costs, fibre lasers are becoming the cutting and welding method of choice for materials processing applications, particularly in the automotive industry, according to a report on the laser cutting market from Markets and Markets. As the technology continues to advance, fibre lasers are gaining adoption in other industries including semiconductor processing, 3-D printing and smartphone manufacturing.

"IPG is the clear leader in fibre laser production and has been utilising our production MBE systems for years," says Jim Northup, Vice President, General Manager for Veeco's MBE Operations. "The GEN2000 delivers the highest throughput and lowest cost of ownership MBE technology in the industry, making it the ideal system to manufacture IPG's high performance laser diodes."

The GEN2000 MBE cluster tool offers 7 x 6" epiwafer growth of devices such as lasers, multi-junction solar cells, and pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistors (pHEMTs). Veeco says it allows for growth of different materials in connected modules.
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