Mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) or mid-IR laser manufacturer Forward Photonics (FP; Woburn, MA) has completed its spinoff from TeraDiode Corporation (Wilmington, MA) and will be relocating its operations to Woburn, MA. Its 25 W laser based on quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology uses TeraDiode's proprietary technology of wavelength beam combination (WBC) to combine the outputs of multiple lower-power QCL devices into a single combined beam with a nearly diffraction-limited output (M2 ≤ 1.5). FP has also developed a 10 W air-cooled version of the laser.
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FP says its high-brightness laser systems are critical for many applications including standoff detection, remote sensing, gas-leak and spill detection, combustion and trace gas detection, chemical analysis and spectroscopy, interferometry and metrology, laser detection and ranging (LADAR), and materials processing.
"The FP technology and team have made substantial progress in recent years," said FP CEO Robin Huang. "We are excited about our opportunity to operate as an independent company, as the market's interest in our products is rapidly growing.”
FP has developed strong partnerships with major Defense Industry contractors who are working with FP to integrate its QCL-based laser modules into various platforms.
Forward Photonics is a manufacturer of high-power semiconductor and direct diode lasers that use wavelength beam combination (WBC). FP conducts research and development in technologies in the photonics area for use in military and defense applications. FP was spun out of TeraDiode, which was recently acquired by Panasonic Corporation. TeraDiode's core technology was licensed from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, where WBC technology was invented.
SOURCE: Forward Photonics; https://www.forwardphotonics.com/