Aqwest designs and integrates high-average power, high-energy ultrashort pulse laser for military and civilian applications. Aqwest system uses a high-performance EPDL-based amplifier fed by a commercially available seed laser to generate and launch ultrashort pulses in the kilowatt average power range. Available outputs include eye-safer wavelengths.
Military applications for the Aqwest ultrashort-pulse laser system include the Laser Induced Plasma Channel Technology (LIPCT), a new directed energy weapon (DEW) being developed by several US Department of Defense components.
Aqwest amplifier boosts a femtosecond seed laser pulse to energies required to induce an electrically conductive a plasma channel. An electric pulse is sent through the plasma channel to remotely disrupt electronics, disable weapons, and immobilize vehicles. Aqwest laser technologies makes it possible to implemented the weapon in a simple, compact, lightweight, and rugged package suitable for transport by military means. The Aqwest amplifier development is in-part supported by the US Army ARDEC.
Aqwest ultrashort pulse laser technology offers to revolutionize the field of particle accelerators, which are of critical importance of to future economic competitiveness in fields as diverse as energy and the environment, medicine, industry, defense and security, and discovery science.
Traditional radio-frequency (RF) accelerators are immense devices of tens of kilometers in size. They cost billions of dollars, require decades to construct, and have to be operated by teams of hundreds. This old accelerator technology is being eclipsed by a new “tabletop” laser-wakefield acceleration, which generates GeV beams in just a few centimeters. Compactness and relative simplicity of laser accelerators promises to greatly reduce the cost and timelines of high-energy research, and advance new scientific discoveries. Laser acceleration is now being pursued by Government laboratories and research institutions world-wide.
Progress in the development of laser acceleration has been impeded by the lack of lasers capable of producing femtosecond-long pulses with Joule-class energies at kilohertz rates. The groundbreaking Aqwest ultrashort-pulse laser system offers implementation of this exciting new technology on a broad scale today, and enables affordable GeV-class accelerator research at every major university and private enterprise.
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