Liekki, Bookham to Showcase Compatible Optical Engine, Pump Block Unit

Liekki Corporation, a leading supplier of highly doped fibers and optical engine modules for fiber laser and amplifier applications, and Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, including high power laser diodes, announced their collaboration to offer a compatible optical engine and pump block unit. The companies’ combined technology will offer more compact and cost-effective fiber lasers and amplifiers and will be demonstrated for the first time at Photonics West later this month.

The combined products will enable system manufacturers to integrate key optical building blocks into compact systems and to significantly reduce design time and costs. Liekki’s amplifier optical engine and continuous wave (CW) optical engines are being combined with the Bookham pump block design, which incorporates a stacked system of multiple high power laser modules and accessible water cooling elements. The combined products are designed for medium-power 10-30W CW fiber laser and 10W output power amplifier applications, both CW and pulsed.

Dr. Berthold Schmidt, Director of Marketing for high power laser diodes at Bookham, said: “Customers need more complete and modular solutions; by combining our products, Liekki and Bookham are meeting exactly this requirement. Intelligent forward integration is a key strategy within the Bookham industrial laser portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to supporting fiber laser manufacturers. The combination of Liekki’s compact and ready-to-use fiber sub-assemblies and the proven reliability and brightness of the Bookham pump block will give customers the technology they need to meet their design requirements.”

William Willson, VP of Sales and Marketing at Liekki, commented: “The fiber laser and amplifier system manufacturers need cost-effective and highly reliable building blocks to design CW and pulsed laser system solutions rapidly and efficiently to their customers’ needs and specifications. They therefore need suppliers who offer compatible products, eliminating concerns about optical, electrical, mechanical or thermal compatibility. The building blocks that we are offering give original equipment manufacturers that security and the flexibility that they are looking for.”

Liekki and Bookham plan to extend this collaboration to further compatible modules.

About Liekki Corporation
Liekki designs, manufactures and markets specialty optical fibers and fiber subassemblies (optical engines) for fiber amplifiers and lasers using its unique and proprietary Direct Nanoparticle Deposition (DND) technology. Liekki also provides simulation software for fiber lasers and amplifiers, Liekki Application Designer. The DND technology enables Liekki to produce state-of-the-art, highly doped fibers that minimize required fiber length, have large core-to-clad ratios, and exhibit low photodarkening, flat refractive index profile, high efficiency and reduced nonlinear effects. Liekki products are used in applications such as high power fiber lasers for industrial manufacturing, military and aerospace, medical applications, telecom amplifiers and ASE light sources.

Direct Nanoparticle Deposition is a new, innovative nanoparticle process invented, developed and commercialized by Liekki, for a wide range of industrial applications. Liekki has licensed DND to industrial customers for non-optical applications and will continue to do so. Liekki is headquartered in Lohja, Finland. Liekki products are available globally through Thorlabs ( and our direct sales team serves North America, Europe and Asia. Liekki products are also distributed and supported by our representatives FT Okura (Japan), IKG Corporation (Japan), OptoCom Equiptech (M) Sdn Bhd (Southeast Asia), Apollo Electronics Co. Ltd. (China) and Connet Fiber Optics Company Ltd. (China).

About Bookham
Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company’s optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, Canada, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, France and Italy and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

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