Company Profile

Forward Photonics LLC
Profile last edited on: 5/15/2019            CAGE: 7RP67

Custom high power laser solutions for a variety of applications, including defense, industrial, and scientific markets.
Year Founded
2009
1st Award Year
2012
Latest Award
2020
Program Status
Active

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Location Information

500 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
   (978) 224-5488
   N/A
   www.forwardphotonics.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   05
County:   Middlesex

Public Profile

Soon after Panasonic's acquisition of TeraDiode in January 2017, Forward Photonics spun out of that firm. With a former TeraDiode founder at the head of the spinout along with other key personnel, the firm is organized around producing mid-wave infrared (MWIR) sources based around quantum cascade laser (QCL) emitters, FP claims industry-leading power and brightness performance, form the same wavelength beam combination (WBC) technology developed by TeraDiode’s founders and licensed from Lincoln Laboratory (MIT). Based around a diffraction grating and precise laser alignment, the WBC technique enables power scaling with a combination of sources emitting at slightly different wavelengths. Beam quality. With military applications being the initial focus, the firm’s initial products include a 25 W laser based on beam-combined QCLs, with close to a diffraction-limited beam quality (a quoted M2 value of less than 1.5). FP has also developed a 10 W air-cooled version of the laser, and says that the high-brightness system will be “game changing” in many applications, including stand-off detection, remote sensing, spotting gas leaks and spills, combustion and trace-gas detection, chemical analysis spectroscopy, ranging, interferometry, metrology, and even materials processing.

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Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition

Employee Range
5-9
Revenue Range
.5M-1M
VC funded?
No
Public/Private
Privately Held
Stock Info
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IP Holdings
N/A

Awards Distribution by Agency

Key People / Management

  Robin Huang -- Founding President

  Robin Huang -- Founding President

  Mike Cruz -- Engineering

  Jeff Shattuck --