The new solid-state laser can cut, weld metal or be used as a weapon

It can be said that modern lasers, regardless of their perspectives and abilities are laboratory equipment used by scientists. Naturally, there are industrial lasers, the military is always trying to create a laser gun. But, as it was before, so it remains for the moment, the work of massive lasers need to comply with a number of criteria, among which are the presence of a massive energy source, specific criterion environment, costly recurring service, trained personnel, etc. Researchers from the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology managed to break through the limitations outlined above, creating a light-emitting diode laser system on the size and difficulty of a little more than an ordinary laser pointer, but the brightness and power superior to all its "Protz."

Laser system TeraDiode based on the use of semiconductor lasers, specifically modifying electricity into light without the participation of the gas and chemical "mediators, which is an indisputable advantage from the standpoint of simplicity and security. Using a special optical system, light from a certain number of semiconductor lasers are combined into one powerful beam powerful enough for industrial cutting and welding, or for that would strike the enemy target. Lasers Gun — a rather massive systems, which are almost always at the moment are in the form of a prototype undergoing tests. The system TeraDiode, owning a good value for the laser power to the size of the system itself, can be a completely new high quality step in the development of laser weapons.

Laser systems TeraDiode pretty small-sized, and they can be installed on ships, tanks and vehicles. But, despite the modest dimensions, the power of the beam is fully pretty, that would shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles approaching artillery shells, bombs or grenades.

Installed on the aircraft systems TeraDiode their light may deviate from the target and shoot down approaching even anti-aircraft missiles and air-to-air. First experienced aviation safety system based on TeraDiode will pass the first tests a year, and full-scale deployment of such systems may be likely in three to five years.

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