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product line, the Aries-100 air-cooled 2 W laser. The Aries commercial product line has now been expanded to include the Aries-200, -400, and -700 products.


imaging, and scene generation.”


Wavelengths ranging from 2 to 13 µm are available in the Aries products. The higher models in the series are also highly ruggedized. Standard performance includes operation within an ambient temperature range of 15 to 40 °C. However, they can also be specified to operate over a much wider range of operating temperatures, ranging from -40 to +70 °C.


The modularity of the Aries family of products can now provide the end user with customisable performance in wavelength and power. Our customers can now choose to populate one, two, four, or seven laser “sockets” with any wavelength and power that Daylight offers. Populating all seven sockets in the Aries-700 can provide over 10 W of cw, air-cooled mid-IR laser power.


Aries has also been tested for shake and vibration resistance. Optical fibre delivery is also available as an option. “Releasing an additional three models simultaneously for the Aries series is a good accomplishment for our team,” states Paul Larson, President of Daylight Solutions. “The flexibility of these models enable applications in multiple markets.”


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First Solar reaches 4 GW manufacturing milestone


The firm’s has so far produced enough cadmium telluride solar modules to power almost 2 million households with electricity. The firm has also started manufacturing modules in Germany ahead of schedule.


“The flexibility and performance of the Aries product family is beyond anything available on the market to date,” says Michael Radunsky, Product Marketing Manager for Daylight Solutions’ scientific products. “These turn-key systems can be configured for high power at a single wavelength or to deliver up to seven different wavelengths simultaneously and collinearly.”


The Aries-100 is CDRH approved and is ready for lab use. The higher models in the series are OEM laser systems that are ready for integration. Radunsky continues, “The SPIE Defence, Security, and Sensing Symposia and Exhibition is an excellent venue for the announcement of this new product line, as the Aries series serves this community well. These lasers are already finding applications in stand-off detection, free space communication, infrared countermeasures, thermal


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First Solar says it has manufactured 4 GW of thin-film photovoltaic CdTe solar modules since beginning commercial production in 2002.


A 4GW generation capacity is enough solar electricity to power around two million households, displacing more than 2.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions a year--the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off the road.


The company also announced that its second factory at Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, has begun producing solar modules one month ahead of schedule. The four new production lines are still expected to ramp to full production during the third quarter of 2011, bringing annual capacity at the two Frankfurt factories to more than 500 MW.


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