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Ultrafast laser manufacturer Chromacity today announced that laser expert, Dr John Lincoln, is joining the company’s strategic advisory board. The company is assembling a panel of industry authorities to help guide the direction of both its technological and market development.

Lincoln is chief executive of the UK’s Photonics Leadership Group, which provides guidance to the UK government to highlight opportunities for maximising the growth and adoption of lasers and photonic technologies. He also holds roles at a variety of photonics associations, including The Future Photonics Hub and SPIE, where he is strategic advisor for Europe.

A former laser engineer, Lincoln is excited by Chromacity’s unique approach to developing remote installation capability for its optical parametric oscillators (OPOs).

“I’ve been in the laser industry for 30 years and was involved in the first wave of pioneering ultrafast lasers,” he said. “It's now intriguing to be involved in Chromacity, who are taking the next step and enhancing complex systems, such as OPOs, with remote installation capability and plug-and-play functionality.”

Lincoln also believes that Chromacity, which develops ultrafast lasers for a wide range of academic and industrial applications, is ideally positioned to capitalise on the growing advanced materials market. The UK government has identified advanced materials and photonics among seven key technologies for future development in its recently published innovation strategy.

“The key to working with these advanced materials – processing them and measuring them – is having agility in the wavelength of your lasers,” he said. “Chromacity’s nonlinear method of converting laser wavelength provides the agility needed to make tunable laser wavelengths and to adapt to the world of advanced materials. I'm interested in companies that are inherently flexible in laser technology, and Chromacity has that at its core.”

Lincoln’s appointment follows Chromacity’s recent growth funding round of £1.2 million, most of which was earmarked for team expansion to accelerate the company’s growth.

Shahida Imani, CEO of Chromacity, said: “With his vast depth of knowledge and experience in the development of ultrashort-pulsed lasers, we’re thrilled to welcome John to our advisory board. Crucially, John also brings an in-depth understanding of the emerging opportunities for ultrafast lasers and photonics – from government-led policy to shifts in corporate thinking, and how that can establish future direction.”

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