Powerlase wins research recognition

Crawley-based Powerlase has been award Medallion Member status by the College of Optics and Photonics at University of Central Florida.

Powerlase manufactures the world’s most powerful nanosecond Q-switched, diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) lasers.

The award recognises Powerlase’s continued collaboration with UCF on groundbreaking research into Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL), a promising technique for producing next-generation semiconductors at 32nm and below. A key result of the collaboration to date has seen two lasers multiplexed together for the first time to increase the power of the EUV source.

The Medallion Member award acknowledges Powerlase’s continued contribution to the research conducted at UCF and will see Powerlase displayed on UCF’s ‘Wall of Honour’.

Dr Samir Ellwi, Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Powerlase, said: ‘It is a great accomplishment to be presented with Medallion Member status by the UCF and we are very proud of this achievement and our continued research with UCF into EUVL. Perfecting the EUVL technique is vital to ensure adoption by the semiconductor industry and we are confident this can be achieved through our ground breaking partnership with UCF.’

Prof Martin Richardson Trustee Chair and Northrop-Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics at UCF said: ‘The Industrial Affiliates programme is designed to actively involve companies outside UCF in our research and development. Powerlase has made several contributions to the EUV research and we are looking forward to building on the success of our collaborative work.’