Defense

  • Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) systems:  Tactical aircraft protection against shoulder-fired missiles.
  • Chemical and biological hazard detection:  Tracing amount of dangerous compounds, including those found in explosives, harmful gases, and biochemical agents.

 

Biological and Chemical Agent Detection

The mid-infrared (2-10 µm) is the fingerprint region for most molecular species.  The development of mid-infrared fiber-optic lasers and broadband sources enable the development of chemical sensors for molecular spectroscopy, chemical process monitoring, and remote detection of chemical and biological agents.

Nonlinear Applications

Optical fibers made from chalcogenide glass exhibit large optical nonlinearities, which can be as large as 100 to 1000 times that of silica glass.  The high nonlinearities allow efficient supercontinuum generation enabling creation of broadband sources that can cover the near to mid-IR spectrum, efficient wavelength conversion through four-wave mixing, and creation fiber lasers and amplifiers in the mid-IR using their large Raman coefficient.  Using this phenomenon opens up the potential for compact and integrated all optical switches in civil, medical and military application.  These appl

Directed Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM)

Infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems defend the host aircraft from heat-seeking attacking missiles by detecting the approaching threat and disabling it through the use of directed laser energy.  IRflex is strategically positioned to develop and produce mid-infrared (2-10 µm) devices to support such critical military applications.  Our mid-infrared products range from laser beam delivery systems and fiber-optic switchs to fiber lasers and broadband sources.