CSU receives laser system from Boeing for research

By: Steve Friday December 21, 2012 0 comments Tags: accelerators, Boeing, CSU, Fort Collins, laser, Mark Curtin, Sandra Biedron, Stephen Milton

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FORT COLLINS - The Directed Energy Systems unit of Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems has donated a short-pulse, high-peak laser system to Colorado State University as part of Boeing's collaboration with faculty in the university's electrical and computer engineering department, CSU announced.

"We are delighted to receive this donation," said Sandra Biedron, CSU associate professor. "We are already working closely with Boeing on several activities, including advancements in beam and laser technologies.

"This will strengthen basic science and technology developments in directed energy between CSU and Boeing."

The laser system will help faculty in the department address research into accelerators, which are used in everything from security and medical equipment o cleaner water and air, CSU said.

"We have several ongoing activities with CSU's electrical and computer engineering department, and this laser will help with those activities as well as provide a piece of hardware for graduate students to perform doctoral thesis work," said Mark Curtin of Boeing. "We look forward to seeing research results from this gift."

CSU professors Biedron and Stephen Milton are among 15 scientists and engineers selected to collect facts for a U.S. Department of Energy report to Congress about the future of accelerator science and technology.

Biedron previously served as security and working group co-chair for a DOE report, "Accelerators for America's Future," submitted to Congress in 2010.

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