MIRcat Mid-IR Laser: Precision and Speed Redefined

A multi-quantum cascade laser system with field-proven performance, the MIRcatTM is an improved version of the first-generation MIRcat laser. It provides higher spectral repeatability, better heat management, longer wavelength options, and high-speed tuning. Because of its flexible, modular architecture, the MIRcat is truly a one-box, fully automated system.

This allows for the factory configuration of up to four pulsed or continuous wave/pulsed modules and the freedom to add or modify them afterward. The MIRcat has a tuning range of 1000 cm-1 (>6 µm) and wavelength coverage of up to >13 µm.

It also produces unmatched, industry-leading performance in critical areas such as peak tuning speeds exceeding 30,000 cm-1/s, output power up to 1 W, and TEM00 beam quality to enable high-efficiency fiber coupling. Wavelength repeatability can approach <0.1 cm-1 and CW RIN as low as -140 dBc/Hz thanks to new, higher-precision tuning mechanisms and lower-noise drive electronics.


Features and Benefits

  • Wavelength availability: 3-13 µm
  • Proprietary HFQD™ circuitry protects the chips
  • GUI and SDK command sets included
  • Tune up to 1000 cm-1 speeds up to 5000 cm-1/s
  • CW or pulsed output (up to 3 MHz/30% duty)
  • Superb TEM00 beam quality and low beam pointing allow fiber coupling
  • Ultra-quiet CW: RIN as low as -140 dBc/Hz
  • High output power for high SNR: to >1 W (peak) and > 0.5 W (average) 


  • Standoff detection
  • Imaging
  • Atmospheric research
  • Process control
  • Nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy
  • Combustion diagnostics
  • TIC, VOC, and GHG chemical and biological agent detection
  • Biomedical diagnostics

Product Specifications

Source: DRS Daylight Solutions Inc.

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Wavelength Availability Module options covering from < 4 µm to > 13 µm
Max. Tuning Speed (Step)  250 ms step-and-settle time to arbitrary λ
Modes of Operation Pulsed or CW
Max. Tuning Speed (Scan) Peak velocity to > 30,000 cm-1/s
Available Configurations  Select 1, 2, 3 or 4 laser modules
Wavelength Accuracy ≤ 1 cm-1
Example Configurations  MIRcat-2400-PX-A (Pulsed, 6.5—12.4 µm)
MIRcat-2400-PX-B (Pulsed, 5.5—11 µm)
MIRcat-2400-PCX-B (CW/Pulsed, 6—11 µm)
Average Power Stability < 3% (1 hr)
Tuning Modes Set λ, Step & Measure, Continuous Scans
Spatial Mode TEM00 (nominal)
Beam Divergence < 4 mrad at 4 µm (full angle, 1/eintensity width)
Beam Pointing Stability  < 2 mrad (beam centroid change)
Spot Size < 2.5 mm (1/e2 intensity radius)
Polarization Linear, vertical, > 100:1

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