May 8th, 2015 | Company News
The Metrocomb Project: Developing a femtosecond MIR frequency-comb.
An international consortium including Heriot-Watt University, Laser Quantum, M-Squared Lasers and several other international partners have secured €2m from EU funding to extend research and development into femtosecond frequency comb to create compact, robust and commercially viable units. The funding will develop an optical parametric oscillator frequency comb by taking advantage of ultrafast laser pulses of femtosecond widths, separated by nanoseconds, to create a comb of frequencies over a wide spectral band. The investment into the femtosecond frequency comb offers numerous opportunities especially those in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, where current conventional frequency-comb lasers cannot operate. Some of these applications include infrared gas sensing, metrology and spectroscopy. Collaborating between the various SMEs will enable leading research groups to bring together the knowledge of robust, industrial lasers offering incredible detection sensitivity and measurement accuracy. The potential for this project to achieve spectroscopy in the (absorption-rich mid-IR) ‘molecular fingerprinting’ region to deliver real time imaging with molecular identification and real-time analysis of chemical/bio threats is unprecedented. Laser Quantum are excited to be a part of this project in delivering cutting-edge technology for commercially viable units to aid the advances of research. For more information, please visit: www.metrocomb.eu