product announcement


Two New Ultrafast Laser Sources Deliver Leading Performance and Stability

Andover, MA – January 30, 2018 MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI)  announces the introduction of its Spectra-Physics® Element™ 2, a family of high performance ultrafast oscillators, and the 60 W pumped Spirit-NOPA-VISIR, a high-energy ultrafast infrared source for bio-imaging.  The new Element 2 delivers ultrashort pulses, down to few-cycle pulse durations, with outstanding stability and optional carrier envelope phase (CEP) stabilization for ultrafast research applications, including attosecond science. Spirit-NOPA-VISIR pumped with 60 W from the recently introduced Spirit 1030-70 outputs up to twice the energy of competitive products for deepest 3-photon, live tissue imaging in neuroscience and other ultrafast scientific applications.

“Delivering the incredible combination of cutting-edge performance with proven stability, these new ultrafast laser sources truly open the door to the most demanding ultrafast research applications,” says Herman Chui, senior director of product marketing for Spectra-Physics lasers.  “With these new introductions, we further advance our industry-leading portfolio of ultrafast lasers for bio-imaging and scientific research.” 

The newly introduced Element 2 family provides superior power stability and CEP stability with hands-free operation for the most challenging ultrafast applications. Available in 8 standard models, Element 2 offers ultrashort few-cycle pulses down to <7 fs and non-CEP stabilized average power up to 1.2 W.  The optional Femtolock™ 2 enables synchronization to external sources, making them ideally suitable for powering leading-edge experiments at synchrotron or free-electron laser facilities.

Spirit-NOPA-VISIR, when pumped with the Spirit 1030-70, delivers high-energy tunable laser output across the visible and infrared spectrum.  With typical pulse energies of 2 μJ at 1.3 μm and 1.2 μJ at 1.7 μm wavelengths, the new laser source is ideal for 3-photon imaging. 

Spectra-Physics’ Element 2 and Spirit-NOPA-VISIR ultrafast laser sources will be featured at Photonics West, San Francisco, California, January 30 – February 1, 2018.  Please visit MKS at booth 507 at Photonics West for a demonstration.  For more information, please see and

About MKS

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. Our products are derived from our core competencies in pressure measurement and control, materials delivery, gas composition analysis, control and information technology, power and reactive gas generation, vacuum technology, photonics, optics, lasers and motion control. Our primary served markets are manufacturers of capital equipment for electronic thin film, process manufacturing, environmental monitoring and life sciences, as well as government and research.

About the Spectra-Physics Brand

The Spectra-Physics brand comprises breakthrough laser technologies that transform the way businesses operate and people live. From the manufacturing floor to the operating room to the research laboratory, Spectra-Physics has blazed a trail of discovery and success in lasers that continues to advance every day. Spectra-Physics is singularly focused on helping customers use precision laser technologies to advance leading-edge science and propel industries forward. We do so by offering groundbreaking technologies, deep applications expertise, disruptive cost-performance, a commitment to world-class customer experience, and the highest standards for operational excellence and continuous global improvement.  

Company Contact

Herman Chui
Sr. Director of Product Marketing
Tel: +1 408-980-6996

Helen Chan
Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +1 408-980-5883