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Cree wins anthrax detection cash

17 Jun 2002

The US government has awarded USD 14 million to Cree to develop UV sources for biological agent detection.

Cree has received a USD 14 million US government contract to develop ultraviolet LEDs and laser diodes for use in systems for biological agent detection, such as anthrax, and for tactical communication systems

The grant has been issued by the US Army Robert Morris Acquisition Center for the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

As a member of DARPA's Semiconductor Ultraviolet Optical Sources program, Cree will develop new techniques for growing crystals, using epitaxial layering and device fabrication to produce high-performance LEDs and laser diodes emitting at 280 - 340 nm.

Chuck Swoboda, president and CEO of Cree said: "We are excited to embark on this area of research where LEDs and laser diodes could potentially be integrated into critical applications for use in the protection of our armed forces as well as the citizens of this country. We believe this funding will enable us to expand the opportunities for our products beyond traditional LED and laser applications."

Nadya Anscombe is editor of Optics.org and Opto & Laser Europe magazine.

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