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Colin Hay

Global semiconductor developer BluGlass Limited (ASX: BLG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading advanced defence and dual-use photonics company, Applied Energetics.

The two companies will collaborate on next-generation military and commercial applications, leveraging BluGlass’ high- performance GaN distributed feedback (DFB) lasers in Applied Energetics’ advanced systems development.

Headquartered in the USA, Applied Energetics specialises in developing next-generation ultrashort pulse (USP) optical systems for the US Department of Defense, defense primes, the intelligence community, as well as addressing the commercial, medical, and space markets. Applied Energetics’ USP laser and photonic products span deep ultraviolet through to infrared wavelengths.

The two companies combine highly complementary expertise and technologies, and through this collaboration, plan to develop innovative solutions that address critical technology needs in emerging dual-use and national security markets, including bringing to market new laser wavelengths, and higher performance solutions that deliver more efficient and cost-effective products.

BluGlass CEO Jim Haden said the MoU sets out the framework for collaboration, however, is not a definitive agreement with commercial terms and timelines.

“We are excited to be working with industry leader Applied Energetics. This collaboration will advance strategic capabilities and next-generation integrated photonics, addressing the evolving needs of the national security and commercial sectors,” he said.

“A pioneer in ultrashort pulse photonics, Applied Energetics has complementary laser technology which can deepen our reach into the government, security, and intelligence sectors. Importantly, the MOU aligns with and strengthens our existing product roadmap and growth strategy.”

CEO and President of Applied Energetics, Dr. Gregory Quarles, said the rapid growth of the laser market and the associated need for unique wavelengths and high-performance output, the development of next-generation lasers and optical systems must continue to advance and innovate.

“We are pleased to be working with BluGlass and believe this collaboration will support our long-term strategic goals of optimising architectures, increasing wavelength coverage, and improving product performance to provide customers with the most competitive and effective solutions.”

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