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Press Releases

Block MEMS Receives Contract from IARPA to Detect Aerosolized Chemical Threats
Southborough, Massachusetts – May 30, 2024

Block MEMS, LLC, a leading supplier of laser-based chemical detection systems, has been a awarded a Phase 1 contract under the Pursuing Intelligent Complex Aerosols for Rapid Detection (PICARD) program funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
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Articles and Videos

Video from IARPA on the SILMARILS chemical detection program, featuring Block's technology

Shine a Light: Laser Spectrometers Aid in the Detection of Hazardous Chemicals
Block's SBIR contract allowed the company to build the foundation of its Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology, eventually resulting in the current product line of QCL-based chemical detection for military and commercial applications. Daniel Cavicchio, Block's executive chairman, explained that "Block wouldn’t have developed this technology if it hadn’t been for the SBIR program."
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A Quantum Leap for Sensitive Gas Analysis
Quantum cascade lasers offer unprecedented sensitivity and stability, making them a top choice for MIR gas sensing
Read the article (Photonics web site).

Upcoming Events

Protection and Maneuver Support Industry Expo
July 23-25, 2024  |  Fort Leonard Wood, MO
This event is the first year that the Engineer, Military Police, and Chemical Associations will join for the inaugural Protection and Maneuver Support Combined Industry Exhibition at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

NCT US 2024
September 3-5, 2024  |  Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
NCT USA, co-sponsored by US Army DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center, will be hosted in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood (MD), USA. The event will welcome the highest decision makers from the national CBRNe Community.

For a full list of upcoming events, you may visit our events page.