Quantum Cascade Laser Now on Sale in Popular Optics Catalog

Achievement date: 
2014
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) developed at the Center on Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at Princeton University, is now a product carried in the sales catalog of one of the largest optics components catalogs around, ThorLabs.

Impact/benefits: 

ThorLabs likes the QCL laser so much that they have bought Maxion Technologies, one of MIRTHE’s Industrial Advisory Board companies. ThorLabs also is negotiating to finance the installation, maintenance, and operation of an MOVCVD reactor, a complex device for growing crystalline layers, at MIRTHE partner institution University of Maryland at Baltimore County. 

Explanation/Background: 

Appearing as a product in the ThorLabs catalog is a big step toward fulfilling a stated goal of MIRTHE, which is to advance mid-IR tunable laser sources, detectors, and ultra-sensitive sensor systems to where they can become ubiquitous and affordable technologies.

The commercial product also fulfills the Center’s aim of demonstrating applications through its testbeds that lead to practical devices for environmental sensing, homeland security, and medical diagnostics.