SYLMAR, Calif., 11 April 2008.QPC Lasers Inc., maker of high-brightness, high-power semiconductor lasers for the defense and other markets, has shipped a compact custom Ultra laser exceeding 300 watts to a U.S. government prime contractor. Leveraging QPC's proprietary BrightLock laser chip technology, the laser is the size of a small laptop and was designed for an undisclosed application.
The BrightLock Ultra is one of the company's Generation III products announced in late 2007. BrightLock laser chip technology enables ultra-compact laser footprints by reducing system cooling requirements and eliminating the need for external components which are expensive, bulky, and require routine maintenance.
The BrightLock Ultra is a high-erformance laser engine, featuring a compact, lightweight footprint that uses an advanced on-chip technology to produce a narrow stable emission spectrum designed for energizing solid-state and fiber-laser systems.
Generation III technology was developed in part under contracts with the U.S. Government.
"We are pleased to meet this important defense customer's need for a compact high performance laser engine by deploying our BrightLock chip technology into our high-brightness Ultra fiber-coupled product platform," states Paul Rudy, Ph.D., vice president of marketing and sales for QPC. "High peak power operation is a critical requirement for several defense applications including rangefinding, targeting, and remote sensing. Our BrightLock Ultra products meet this need uniquely with rugged and compact solutions that can endure demanding environmental conditions."