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ESA Offers Contract

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2010
The European Space Agency has offered Midaz Lasers Ltd. €150,000 for the development of an engineered version of the diode-pumped Alexandrite laser. The performance benefits of the Alexandrite laser include higher wall-plug efficiency and the possibility of tuning the system in the ultraviolet range. Midaz, a spin-out company of Imperial College London, says that the new technology could supersede the conventional Nd:YAG for space-based lidar, which measures a variety of atmospheric parameters.


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lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
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