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23 March 2007


Alfalight wins $1.7m US Army contract to develop high-power fiber-laser pump modules

High-power diode laser manufacturer Alfalight Inc of Madison, WI, USA has been awarded a $1.7m R&D contract from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Adelphi, MD.

This 12-month program “Scalable High Efficiency Solid-State Laser” (SHESSL) will enable Alfalight to develop high-power fiber-coupled pump modules suitable for pumping high-power fiber-laser systems developed in conjunction with ARL.

The contract’s objective is to develop very high-power pump blocks, suitable for use in building compact and efficient high-power fiber lasers. The program should yield both accelerated laser system development for defense applications and new commercial products suitable for material processing equipment.

“The SHESSL award will drive Alfalight to provide improved spatial brightness,” says Manoj Kanskar, VP of R&D. “We expect to develop both usable pump prototypes and provide valuable research results to the Army Research Laboratory upon completion.”