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Bechtel JV to Build Laser System for EU Research Facility; John Howanitz Comments

BechtelA joint venture that includes Bechtel has won a contract worth more than $45 million to create laser technology for the pan-European extreme light infrastructure facility located near Prague in the Czech Republic.

Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC will build the device to facilitate research in homeland security, medical imaging and quantum physics at the facility, Bechtel said Wednesday.

“This laser system will put cutting-edge technology to good use and we are honored to be a part of the mission to deliver it to the Czech Republic and European Union, ” said John Howanitz, Bechtel general manager of nuclear security and operations.

“This is a first-of-a-kind international project for the Laboratory and it could be a launching pad for new, exciting opportunities, ” he added.

The platform will aim to deliver more than 1 quadrillion watts of peak power and leverage semiconductor diodes, advanced optics and techniques for producing ultrashort laser pulses.

Bechtel manages national laboratories for the U.S. Energy Department that explore technologies in computing, diagnostics, nuclear science and remote sensing, among other areas.

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