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QCL-Based Laser Makes the Grade

Photonics Spectra
Sep 2011
Daylight Defense LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions Inc., has announced that its JammIR laser system successfully defeated heat-seeking missile threats during a test conducted by the US Air Force. The quantum cascade laser (QCL)-based system was evaluated against multiple missile threats and over several hundred test events. As witnessed by US government and industry stakeholders, the JammIR laser system consistently defeated these threats in all tests. These results closely follow announcements of several successful environmental and flight tests of the company’s JammIR laser product line by the US Navy and other contractors.


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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...
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