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PSI Acquires QCL Maker

Photonics.com
Sep 2009
ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 4, 2009 -- Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has acquired quantum cascade laser (QCL) maker Maxion, the company annouced this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

College Park, Md.-based Maxion develops long-wavelength (3-12 µm) infrared semiconductor lasers, including QCLs, interband cascade lasers (ICLs) and related systems. The company was founded in 2000 by a team of scientists and engineers previously employed at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md.

PSI provides contract research and development services to US government and industrial customers in optical materials, lasers, photonic devices, and electro-optic systems, as well as producing specialty electro-optic components and systems.

"The acquisition of Maxion allows PSI to provide vertically-integrated QCL/ICL solutions to our customers, as well as continuing to provide QCL/ICL devices and R&D support to Maxion's existing OEM and research customers," said PSI President and CEO B. David Green.

He added that combining PSI's capabilities and system products with Maxion's design, fabrication and processing capabilities will provide advantages to its customers in general infrared electro-optic materials, devices and components.

For more information, visit: www.psicorp.com




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optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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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...
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