M Squared Lasers to lead nearly $2M EU conical refraction laser HiCORE project

Dec. 18, 2012
Dundee, Scotland--M Squared Lasers is leading a team of seven European partners to improve power and brightness of solid-state lasers using conical refraction technology.

Dundee, Scotland--M Squared Lasers (Glasgow, Scotland), recently named as Scotland's fastest-growing technology business in a UK-wide survey, is leading a team of seven European partners that has been granted nearly $2 million dollars to resolve the key problems associated with the power and brightness of bulk solid-state lasers using conical refraction (CR). The laser technology was conceived from research in the Photonics and Nanoscience group at the University of Dundee.

Conical refraction lasers offer a novel way to achieve high laser efficiency, mitigate thermal management issues and improve beam quality while reducing cost, complexity and sizeall of which are key drivers of competitive advantage in almost every laser market sector, but especially in materials processing applications. The HiCORE research project (www.hicore.eu.com) will potentially lead to a whole new stream of world class laser products for use in a broad spectrum of applications wherever high brightness efficient lasers are used including industrial laser welding.

The work will enormously strengthen the leading EU position in the photonics sector and the economic impact of success will support the ongoing growth and development of the SME partners M Squared Lasers, Conerefringent Optics (Spain), Opteco and Partners (Bulgaria), and Time-Bandwidth Products (Switzerland). The research members are headed by the University of Dundee and include the Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography (Bulgaria), and the University of Stuttgart (Germany), a leader in high-power lasers for industrial materials processing.

The two-year project is funded by the European Commission's FP7 Programme "Research for the Benefit of SMEs" (Small and Medium Enterprises), the objective of which is to strengthen the innovation capacity of European SMEs and their contribution to the development of new technology based products and markets by helping them outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological knowhow, bridging the gap in the innovation chain from idea to market through European level collaboration.

Graeme Malcolm, CEO of M Squared Lasers said, "The HiCORE project is envisaged to develop leading new high power laser technology which will enable M-Squared to offer products with performance beyond anything available in today's market. M-Squared are delighted to be working with the leading research groups in Dundee, Sofia and Stuttgart which we have combined to form an extremely powerful research team for this project."

SOURCE: University of Dundee; www.dundee.ac.uk/pressreleases/2012/december12/laserresearch.htm

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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