Cutting Edge Optronics / LLNL JOULE-CLASS LASER CRADA

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The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Cutting Edge Optronics (CEO) have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to explore and develop high average power joule‐class laser technologies.

LLNL has built many of the world’s most powerful lasers and has pioneered laser technology at the forefront of what is possible. CEO stands as a leading supplier of state‐of‐the‐art laser diodes, diodepumped solid‐state laser (DPSSL) gain modules, and DPSSL systems. By partnering under the CRADA, the two organizations will leverage and optimize their resources, share technical expertise in a protected environment and develop and advance laser science and technology.

“We look forward to partnering with CEO to jointly advance our research and development in this space,” said Constantin Haefner, program director for Advanced Photon Technologies in LLNL’s National Ignition Facility and Photon Science directorate. “This type of agreement will allow us to not only serve our mission as a national laboratory, but also to drive significant laser technology innovations with the potential to go to market, leading to advancements in industrial applications, basic science and enhance national competitiveness.”

LLNL and CEO previously worked together on the High‐repetition‐rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), which was designed and developed by LLNL, and installed at the ELI Beamlines Research Center in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic in 2018. CEO supplied a 2J, 10Hz, 532nm Gigashot‐HE DPSSL system that is used as a pump source for one of HAPLS’ high‐energy titanium‐doped sapphire amplifier stages.

“As a US company with all R&D and manufacturing performed in our St. Charles, Missouri facility, CEO is pleased to again be collaborating with LLNL to revolutionize DPSSL technology and further our nation’s commitment to invention and innovation,” said Edward Stephens, CEO’s general manager.

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