Alfalight Initiates Development of High-Power Laser Diodes with Unprecedented Beam Quality; $4.7 Million from DARPA Funds ''Architecture for Diode High Energy Laser Systems'' Initiative

MADISON, Wis.--()--April 18, 2006--Alfalight, Inc., a manufacturer of highly efficient and reliable high-power diode lasers, today announced that is has been awarded $4.7 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This 18-month effort, entitled Architecture for Diode High Energy Laser Systems (ADHELS), aims to produce a multi-kilowatt diode laser system. Alfalight will develop devices capable of generating near-diffraction-limited output power targeted at 50 watts per emitter, ideal building blocks to combine into a multi-kilowatt, high-quality direct-diode laser. The effort has an additional 9-month follow-on option, which could result in a total potential value of $6.1 million for Alfalight.

"Diode lasers are attractive for various industrial and military applications because of their output power, reliability, efficiency and low cost," said Manoj Kanskar, vice president of Research and Development at Alfalight. "The ADHELS Program will enable us to overcome the last remaining hurdle for this technology, which is to improve the beam quality at very high power operation."

"The goals of this program are directly in line with our company mission to develop and manufacture industry-leading, high-performance commercial diode laser solutions," said Mohan Warrior, president and CEO of Alfalight. "For this program, the Alfalight team will develop a device design with fundamentally improved beam quality versus current multimode laser designs. These performance improvements will be highly valuable in next-generation direct diode systems and defense applications."

For more information about Alfalight's commercial laser diode products or development programs, please contact Jeremy Draper at jdraper@alfalight.com or 608-240-4826.

About Alfalight

Alfalight, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-quality, high-power diode laser products supplying industrial, telecommunications, and defense markets worldwide. The company's advanced Aluminum-Free Active region (ALFA) diode lasers deliver industry-leading efficiency, reliability, power, and brightness. Alfalight's laser diode patent portfolio covers high power, spectral control, high brightness, single-mode, and short-wavelength laser technologies. Alfalight's product line includes free-space and fiber-coupled lasers and modules from 1 watt to over 100 watts and from 780 nm to 1030 nm. For more information about Alfalight's standard product line and capabilities, visit www.alfalight.com.

Contacts

Alfalight, Inc.
Jeremy Draper, 608-240-4826
jdraper@alfalight.com
or
Lee Communications for Alfalight
Tammy Lee, 207-563-5999
tammy@leecomunications.com

Contacts

Alfalight, Inc.
Jeremy Draper, 608-240-4826
jdraper@alfalight.com
or
Lee Communications for Alfalight
Tammy Lee, 207-563-5999
tammy@leecomunications.com