Daylight Defense completes testing of QC countermeasures laser

May 16, 2011
San Diego, CA--Daylight Solutions subsidiary, Daylight Defense LLC, has successfully completed environmental testing of its quantum cascade laser (QCL) based JammIR Series B.4 laser system for military and aerospace applications.

San Diego, CA--Daylight Solutions subsidiary, Daylight Defense LLC, has successfully completed environmental testing of its quantum cascade laser (QCL) based JammIR Series B.4 laser system for military and aerospace applications. The new Solaris system represents the fourth generation in Daylights Series B family of multi-Watt, multi-wavelength laser system products.

Earlier generations of the Series B family had been demonstrated to meet the U.S. militarys requirements for environmental ruggedization and reliability. In addition to completing flight tests aboard several helicopter platforms, Daylights QCL-based systems have successfully passed the U.S. Armys reliability characterization test (RCT), demonstrating the high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of these products.

According to the company the Solaris laser was designed to reduce system weight, with improved manufacturability. It will integrate with direct coupled pointer/tracker assemblies and can take advantage of the broad transmission characteristics of direct coupled pointer/trackers. By doing so, it can provide more efficient jamming lines that are not possible with traditional chalcogenide fiber coupled pointer/trackers. The company said that the design enhancements of Solaris provide significant increases in capability, while maintaining the integrity of the product familys high TRL.

We are pleased that the Solaris laser system has performed so well during these tests, said Daylight Defenses CEO, Dr. Timothy Day. The design maturity of this product line has been validated through these tests, and gives us high confidence that this offers a low risk solution for our customers, and will provide significant capabilities and value to the warfighter.

Source: Daylight Solutions

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Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

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