OHS ONLINE – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced it has created a new program named LUSTER – the acronym is for Laser UV Sources for Tactical Efficient Raman – and is seeking proposals for compact, efficient, low-cost deep-UV lasers for highly deployable biological and chemical agent detection. “The goal is to create a new class of UV lasers that are more than 300 times smaller than current lasers and 10 times more efficient. The resulting technology could be dropped into current detection systems to save size, weight and power or to create new systems that are smaller and more sensitive,” according to a March 4 release posted on the agency’s website.

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