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Default MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

Interesting FYI news
This news is from Popular Science on an apparently brand new technique for creating lasers
Headline:
MIT offshoot develops a new technique to create more powerful direct diode laser systems.

Company is called Terradiode.
They plan on developing anti missile defenses among other military uses.

First lnk is here:


http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...ing-stuff-blow

And related article in Xconomy is here:

TeraDiode, MIT Lincoln Lab Spinoff, Trying to Create the Future of Laser Weapons & Welding | Xconomy


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Old 07-07-2011, 05:04 AM #2
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"a lot of per unit input per unit of output." So 1/(input)/(output) which equals output/input which equals the reciprocal of efficiency?

So they're combining different lasers? We've been doing that for years. I don't understand exactly what they're promoting.
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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

Yeah those articles seem to be heavy in hype and light on information.
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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

I think it's more of a propaganda kind of military move.
How else can you let your enemies know that you have something big and powerful without actually telling them what it is and how it works ?
There are lots of these types of articles in these sorts of magazines. You just gotta read between the lines and see what's implied.
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Originally Posted by ShortyInCanada View Post
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How else can you let your enemies know that you have something big and powerful without actually telling them what it is and how it works ?
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..... using it .....


(Sorry, can't resist )



EDIT: from the article -
Quote:
TeraDiode envisions selling lasers “compact enough to be deployable on a tank or ship,”
Maybe we can let them know that units also smaller than these ones, like MTHEL, as example, already exists, so they don't have to waste some other millions of $ for discover that thing themselves .....
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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

Because if you weren't already afraid of the US military, they correct that with a vague news article about a research project involving a very expensive and inefficient way of blowing things up - something they already do quite well.

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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

i was going to post this but lpf was down at the time
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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

MIT Lincoln Lab spinout unveils new more powerful direct-diode laser

this is a few months old, but I figured you might like to see more information and a spiffy video on it. I'm always on the look out for more powerful diodes so i tripped over this recently.
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Default Re: MIT Offshoot's New Direct-Diode Laser Can Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up

I think the editor was presented with a lot of raw laser language and tried his best to interpret it...


Thus resulting in a couple of paragraphs (Barely) telling us something we already know.
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