Multi-Effect Laser Nonlethal Restraint System

Technology #ua14-102

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Pavel Polynkin
Associate Research Professor, Optical Sciences
Andreas Schmitt-Sody
Research Physicist, RDHP/USPL Lab
Adrian Lucero
Scientist, RDHP/USPL Labs
William Roach
Chief Scientist, RDHP/USPL Lab
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Amy Phillips
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 621-9579

Invention:  Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a non-lethal laser deterrent system that combines long distance hailing, ocular dazzling, and skin heating sensation. 


Background:  Non-lethal weapons are gaining traction as security and person deterrent systems.  They are commonly used to prevent riots or protect military bases in hostile areas, with the added benefit that enforcers are not required to use deadly force.  More advanced non-lethal weapons cause only temporary discomfort to their targets, rather than significant injury.




•Police/crowd control


•Border security



•Non-lethal crowd/person control

•Distance hailing allows communication of commands over long distances

•Variety of deterrent effects


Status: Concept and Partially Demonstrated


Lead Inventor: Pavel Polynkin


Contact:  Amy Phillips;

Refer to case number UA14-102