M-Squared Lasers, Scotland's fastest-growing technology business according to a recent UK-wide survey, is to lead collaborative research into novel laser technology conceived at the University of Dundee.
The Glasgow-based group will lead a European team granted £1.2 million to resolve the key problems associated with solid-state lasers using conical refraction. The two-year HiCORE project, conceived from research in the photonics and nanoscience group at Dundee, will potentially lead to a new stream of world-class laser products for use in a broad spectrum of applications, including industrial laser welding.
The work will strengthen the EU's leading position in the photonics sector and support the ongoing growth of M-Squared and partners based in Spain, Switzerland and Bulgaria.
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It is funded by the European Commission's FP7 programme, aimed at boosting the innovation capacity of European SMEs and their contribution to the development of new technology-based products and markets.
M-Squared develops and manufactures next-generation lasers and photonic instruments that bring technology upgrades to a diverse range of industrial and scientific applications.
Conical refraction lasers offer a novel way to achieve high laser efficiency, mitigate thermal management issues, and improve beam quality, while reducing cost, complexity and size.
Dr Graeme Malcolm, chief executive at of M-Squared, 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."
Professor Edik Rafailov, leader of the photonics and nanoscience group at the University of Dundee, said: "Ongoing close relationships with innovative companies such as M-Squared enable the university to translate the research results obtained in the lab into real world products."