DARPA awards Lasertel contract to develop laser diode technology for EUCLID program
Company will develop lightweight laser diode pump sources for fiber lasers.
Lasertel, a Leonardo company (Tuscon, AZ), has been awarded a Phase I contract to participate in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Efficient Ultra-Compact Laser Integrated Devices (EUCLID) program. The EUCLID program aims to greatly reduce the size and weight of laser diode pump sources for fiber lasers used in directed energy applications.
The company says that high-energy laser technology has the potential to provide new and enhanced defense capabilities. However, until recently, these systems have been too large and heavy to be widely integrated in military platforms.
With an award of just over $1 million, Lasertel will work over the next 12 months to develop a new laser diode pump source capable of providing high power and low SWaP. The company expects product size and weight to be significantly below that of products currently on the market.