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2 October 2012

Daylight launches modular laser source with 6000nm mid-IR tuning range

Daylight Solutions Inc of San Diego, CA, USA, which makes mid-infrared molecular detection, spectroscopic imaging and high-power illumination systems based on quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), has launch the MIRcat ultra-broadly tunable mid-infrared laser system, providing scientific researchers with what is claimed to be the widest single-box tuning range commercially available.

Building on the field-proven performance of the firm’s broadly tunable Über Tuner series of ECqcL (external-cavity quantum cascade lasers), MIRcat incorporates up to four tunable laser modules into a single, sealed laser head. The system switches between these modules to provide a single, high-quality output beam with an overall tuning range of up to ~800cm-1 (~6000nm), providing a highly flexible, modular approach to optimizing coverage within the mid-IR region of wavelengths (~4-12µm).

Uniquely available in either pulsed or continuous wave (CW) variants, MIRcat deliver what is described as uncompromised performance across application-critical parameters such as: high output power (typically hundreds of milliwatts peak power pulsed or tens of milliwatts CW), superb beam pointing stability, high mode quality, and narrow line-widths.

The modular design allows users to optimize mid-infrared wavelength coverage by selecting two, three or four widely tunable laser modules, optimized for their application and budget. According to the firm, MIRcat’s performance brings new capabilities to a broad range of applications, including molecular spectroscopy, stand-off explosive detection, hyperspectral imaging and microscopy. “Solid-, liquid-, and gas-phase spectroscopy and imaging measurements are now easier, faster and more cost-effective than ever before,” claims president & chief operating officer Paul Larson. “MIRcat will also future-proof our customers’ research by allowing them to add or swap modules as their requirements change over time,” he adds. 

Tags: Daylight Solutions QCL


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