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Aculight Gets Defense Contract for Laser System

Photonics Spectra
Oct 2005
Under a $1.08 million contract from Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., Aculight Corp. will deliver a rugged, compact, diode-pumped solid-state laser for the US Army’s Non-Line-of-Sight -- Launch System Science and Technology Program. The device will be used as an infrared source for the laser radar seeker in the loitering attack missile. It will enable soldiers to search wide areas with a loitering munition and to perform automatic target recognition in adverse weather. Aculight is based in Bothell, Wash.


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diode-pumped solid-state laser
A compact solid-state laser, referred to as DPSSL, created when a laser diode pumps light into either the sides or end of gain crystal. Depending on where the pumping occurs, high-quality and stable output beams can be achieved with end-pumped lasers, and high-power output beams can be realized as with side-pumped lasers. Common in green laser pointers, DPSSLs are also used for a variety of materials processing applications, such as cutting and precision marking, and in optogenetics.
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