Alpes Lasers selected to supply QCLs for SILMARILS standoff sensing program

Dec. 13, 2016
Alpes Lasers was selected as a supplier of broadband QCLs for the standoff-detection SILMARILS program.
(Image credit: Alpes Lasers)
Alpes Lasers is applying its quantum-cascade laser (QCL) technology to a standoff chemical sensing project called SILMARILS. This chart is just one of their many QCL product offerings.
Alpes Lasers is applying its quantum-cascade laser (QCL) technology to a standoff chemical sensing project called SILMARILS. This chart is just one of their many QCL product offerings.

Quantum-cascade laser (QCL) manufacturer Alpes Lasers (St-Blaise, Switzerland) was selected as a supplier and developer of broadband QCLs by several chemical sensing companies working on the Standoff Illuminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures (SILMARILS) program. The SILMARILS program is part of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and is managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

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Under this project Alpes Lasers will develop new classes of QCLs providing high spectral power density and pulse energy in the fingerprint region of the mid-infrared spectrum that allow for specific identification of a large class of organic and non-organic chemicals such as chemical weapons, explosives, narcotics or biological agents. These lasers will be integrated within portable systems by the prime contractors selected by IARPA.

Antoine Müller, CEO of Alpes Lasers, said, "These contracts leverage Alpes' know-how as a worldwide leader in broad gain and high power QCLs to develop new products. The laser chips developed have the potential to be integrated into devices that will facilitate safety screenings in airports and can be used by law enforcement agencies worldwide."

Phase 1 of the development is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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