Conical refraction lasers are to be investigated for a two-year £1.2 million European research project led by UK firm M-Squared Lasers.
Conical refraction lasers are expected to deliver high laser efficiency, to mitigate thermal management issues and improve beam quality while reducing cost, complexity and laser system size. The two-year project is a European Commission framework seven programme study. It is expected to resolve the key problems associated with the power and brightness of bulk solid-state lasers using conical refraction.
Dr Graeme Malcolm is the CEO of M-Squared Lasers. He 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.'
As well as M-Squared Lasers, the project’s partners include, Spain’s Conerefringent Optics, Bulgaria’s Opteco and Partners, Switzerland’s Time-Bandwidth Products, the University of Dundee, the Bulgarian Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, and the University of Stuttgart.