Battery & Electrification Technology

Creating Large-Output Lasers for Long-Distance Measurement


Can large-output lasers be used to identify materials at long distances? University of Michigan electrical engineer Mohammed Islam is working to create lasers that have an output power of up to 50 watts, allowing them to be used to measure items that are more than a kilometer away. Islam hopes these fiber lasers will provide a broadband solution for identification that has applications in a variety fields, ranging from medicine to environmental studies.