posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 03:21 PM
There's an interesting new technology out there that I would like to make you guys aware of. It's the fiber laser. A laser that is nothing else than
a fiber. Currently not to many products exist just yet, however, that is al about to change very, very, soon.
The superiority of the fiber laser lies in it's energy efficiency and the optical proporties of the beam which is delivered. This basically allows
for the tightest focus possible according to optical rules. (M2 values of 1.1 have been routinely demonstrated, if anyone knows what that means).
Optical efficiency lies around 30 percent, considering that the efficiency of other systems is far below that.
These products are being considered for defense contracts, and the scalability of these laser could show a 10 kW system in the not too far future. 10
kW is not usefull for target acquisition and illumination anymore if that's what you were thinking
. So let's keep an eye out for these, shall