Coherent Extends PowerMax Miniaturized Laser Power Meter Line

Coherent Inc. has now shipped 1000 of the company’s Chameleon lasers for use in multiphoton excitation (MPE) microscopy, making this broadly tunable “one-box” laser the market leader in this key bioimaging application.  Chameleon lasers provide biologists with widely tunable, push button femtosecond output with pulse characteristics that can be modified in seconds to meet the needs of diverse experiments.

Mark Sobey, Coherent’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Laser Systems Business Group notes, “These are very exciting times for biology; significant breakthroughs are happening with remarkable frequency, and MPE microscopy has been a key enabling tool in much of this work.  This milestone for Chameleon lasers reflects Coherent’s commitment to support biologists with lasers that combine cutting edge performance, turnkey simplicity and high reliability.”

Chris Dorman, General Manager of Coherent Scotland, adds, “We’ve worked very closely with the user community and microscope manufacturers to develop a product that meets the particular needs of MPE, and I believe that this is why the Chameleon has been so successful.  For example, biologists told us they wanted to use longer wavelength probes, so we extended the tuning range of the Chameleon to make it the widest currently available.  Similarly, as microscope builders increased the complexity of their optical systems, in some cases adding multiple acousto-optic deflectors, we implemented the ability to compensate for the pulse lengthening that this produces.  For the future, we’re continuing to work on new lasers that deliver greater functionality and value for this important market.”

Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is a Russell 2000 Index company and a world leader in providing laser-based solutions to the commercial and scientific research markets.  Please direct any questions to David Armstrong, product line manager, at +44 141 945 8181.  For more information about Coherent, including product and financial updates, visit our website at

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