By AVRUM D. LANK
Posted: March 20, 2007
A small, fast-growing Madison company said Tuesday that it won a $1.7 million contract from the Army to help build high-power lasers.
Alfalight Inc. is to use the money to develop very high-power pump blocks, which are power sources for lasers.
The one-year contract is from the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., for its scalable, high-efficiency solid-state laser program.
"We expect to develop both usable pump prototypes and provide valuable research results to the Army Research Laboratory upon completion," said Manoj Kanskar, vice president of research and development for Alfalight.
In addition to helping the Army develop lasers, the pump blocks could have uses in commercial material-handling equipment, Alfalight said.