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  • Block Engineering Gains Investor
Apr 2011
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 11, 2011 — Block Engineering, a quantum cascade laser (QCL) based spectrometer developer, announced that Michael L. Bickford of Vero Beach, Fla., has made a major equity investment in the company and has joined as one of its directors.

With Bickford’s investment, the company said it is now positioned to expand its commercial markets. In addition to providing growth capital, Bickford brings his business experience in the spectroscopy market.

Although the company has received more than $17 million in government product development contracts for microelectromechanical and QCL-based spectrometers for the detection of chemical agents and explosives, it said it needs private investments to take its next-generation pharmaceutical, chemical, medical and semiconductor technologies into commercial markets.

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quantum cascade laser
A Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is a type of semiconductor laser that emits light in the mid- to far-infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Quantum cascade lasers offer many benefits: They are tunable across the mid-infrared spectrum from 5.5 to 11.0 µm (900 cm-1 to 1800 cm-1); provide a rapid response time; and provide spectral brightness that is significantly brighter than even a synchrotron source. Quantum cascade lasers comprise alternating layers of semiconductor...
A kind of spectrograph in which some form of detector, other than a photographic film, is used to measure the distribution of radiation in a particular wavelength region.  
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