University of Dundee spin-out M-Squared Lasers, recently named as Scotland’s fastest growing technology business in a UK-wide survey, has received £1.2m ($1.9m) to develop its High Brightness Conical Refraction Lasers (HiCore) research project.

M-Squared, which utilises laser technology conceived at the Photonics and Nanoscience group at the University of Dundee, will lead a team of seven Europe-based partners in resolving key issues with conical refraction solid-state lasers. If successful, the HiCore research could potentially open the door to a plethora of new laser products to be used in a “broad spectrum” of applications, including industrial laser welding.

The funding is being provided by the European Commission’s FP7 Programme, which is seeking to invest in research that is to the benefit of Europe-based small-to-medium enterprises.

Dr Graeme Malcolm, chief executive officer at M-Squared Lasers, said: “The HiCORE project is envisaged to develop leading new high power laser technology which will enable…

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