CU Aerospace is pursuing efficient high-energy laser technologies.
Chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COIL) and hybrid lasers (ElectricOIL and DPAL) are presently being emphasized but other types are envisaged. The COIL is a high power chemical laser that is unique because of its strong coupling to most materials and its ability to transmit through the atmosphere as well as through common fiber optics.
Applications for these types of lasers range from heavy industry in the decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities to missile defense for the military. This technology is superior to anything on the market today (i.e. CO2 and YAG lasers) in terms of cutting speed, and improved robotically controlled, fiber optic delivery systems.
We are presently working on an exciting new variant of this laser that is partially electrically excited (ElectricOIL). Additionally, we are exploring a promising variant of the new diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL).