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Laser Energetics Wins Contract from ITT Corp.

Photonics.com
Jan 2008
Laser Energetics Inc. (LEI) of Princeton, N.J., announced today that it has received a contract worth $481,268 from ITT Corp. for a laser demonstration of an all-solid-state frequency-tripled Alexandrite laser using LEI's BrightStar technology. The contract supports a US Army initiative to develop an all-solid-state laser for the next generation of chemical warfare agent sensors currently being developed by ITT. The Army had previously named the BrightStar as the laser technology of choice for the remote sensing of chemical warfare agents. Alexandrite lasers are tunable solid-state lasers that can be conductively air cooled to compete favorably against water-cooled lasers in many applications, LEI said. The lasers also have a wide wavelength tuning range with a bandwidth of over 250 nm.


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alexandrite
A host crystal for chromium that emits pulsed or continuous-wave laser light, tunable from about 720 to 790 nm.
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