Industry Newsmakers -- Fall 2007



Industry Newsmakers

Fall 2007

The following is a corporate news roundup from the Optical Society of America (OSA).  This quarterly gathering of industry news is a complimentary service offered by the OSA PR team.  

For more information on these or other OSA corporate members making news, please contact Lyndsay Meyer at lmeyer@osa.org or 202.416.1435.

Fall 2007 Industry News Summary

Some of the most talked about advancements in the optics and photonics industry are seen in the field of optical fiber communication. OSA Corporate Member companies are leading the way in the race for ever-faster networks and larger bandwidth. JDSU recently announced it has successfully demonstrated a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that combines a tunable laser and optical modulator, using a technology known as the Integrated Laser Mach Zehnder. The new PIC will allow JDSU to develop smaller, higher performance, more efficient and more cost-effective tunable solutions that support faster network speeds. 

And as fast as network speeds are increasing, so too are the quick-fire business changes in the marketplace. Fiber optics manufacturer Photop Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Optimal Coatech Corp, Ltd. (OPDM). OPDM is a professional coating company in China specializing in the design, prototyping, volume production, product inspection and testing of telecom WDM filters, FTTx filters, and IR-Cut filters.  Fiber laser developer/manufacturer IMRA America, Inc. and diode laser maker TOPTICA Photonics AG have signed a license agreement for IMRA femtosecond fiber technology. In the agreement, IMRA licenses TOPTICA a large portfolio of IMRA patents related to ultra-fast fiber lasers.

OSA Corporate Members Making News

CVI Melles Griot -- CVI Melles Griot Continues Growth Strategy with Acquisition of Coherent Imaging Optics

IMRA America & TOPTICA -- IMRA and TOPTICA Sign License Agreement on Ultra-Fast Fiber Technology

Institute of Optics, University of Rochester -- Gift Establishes Optical Engineering Center

JDSU - JDSU Advances Tunable "Transmitter-on-a-Chip" Technology

Newport -- Newport Corporation Announces Retirement of Robert G. Deuster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Photop -- Photop Acquires OPDM

QPC Lasers -- QPC Lasers Wins $750,000 Contract from U.S. Defense Customer; Fiber Laser Engines Designed for Specialized Airborne Weapons Applications

Zygo -- ZYGO Receives a $4.4 Million Order for Long-Range Night Vision Surveillance Systems

The newly merged CVI Melles Griot continues to make waves in the optics industry as it moves forward with its growth strategy with the acquisition of Coherent Imaging Optics. CVI CEO Stuart Schoenmann says the acquisition "increases our infrared optics manufacturing capacity, brings us unique coating technologies, and further strengthens our European manufacturing presence." Newport Corporation is also seeing some internal changes to its business as its chairman and CEO, Robert Deuster, retired last month. J. Phillippy, formerly Newport's president and chief operating officer, now serves as president and CEO, while Kenneth F. Potashner, a member of the Board since 1998, was appointed non-executive chairman of the Board.

U.S. Government contracts are rolling in for OSA Corporate Members. QPC Lasers, Inc. was awarded a $750,000 contract last month to deliver high power fiber laser pump engines for directed energy weapons applications from a U.S. defense customer. The award brings the total contracts from this customer to $1.75 million since April. Optical metrology supplier Zygo Corporation announced that its Optical Systems Division has been awarded an initial $4.4 million manufacturing contract to produce long-range night vision surveillance systems serving a variety of critical Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Department of Energy applications.

Finally, the renowned Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester is expanding its facilities and educational offerings with the creation of the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering. The new center, made possible by a $2 million gift from former Corning Tropel Corporation CEO John Bruning, celebrates the achievements of Professor Emeritus Robert Hopkins, director of the Institute from 1954 to 1965 and widely revered as the "father of optical engineering." Bruning's gift provides support for the center and will help to fund a new faculty position. All of this will directly feed the center's educational commitment by offering students a hands-on experience as they pursue their bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in optical engineering.

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David J. Wineland and Amnon Yariv Named 2017 Honorary Members of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the recently elected, 2017 Honorary Members. The recipients are David Jeffrey Wineland, 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate, University of Oregon, USA, and Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA. The 2017 Honorable Members were approved unanimously by the OSA Board of Directors. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made unique, seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Added: 18 Oct 2017


New Imaging Approach Maps Whole-Brain Changes from Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Although treatments can slow the worsening of symptoms, scientists are still working to better understand the neurodegenerative disease so that curative and preventative medicines can be developed. A new imaging system could help speed new drug development by offering a better way to monitor the brain changes indicative of Alzheimer’s in mouse models of the disease.

Added: 17 Oct 2017



The Optical Society Announces 2018 Fellows Class

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 OSA members, representing 19 countries, have been elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.

Added: 13 Oct 2017


In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture body motion

The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the body or integrated into clothing could allow athletes and physical therapists to monitor their progress, provide a more detailed level of motion capture for computer games or animation, help engineers build robots with a lighter touch or form the basis for new types of real-time health monitors.

Added: 12 Oct 2017


Freeze Frame Microscopy for 3D Biological Images Captures 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

“The Nobel Committee’s recognition of yet another type of biomedical imaging underscores just how important, and enabling imaging and microscopy techniques are to all areas of science and medicine,” stated Elizabeth M.C. Hillman, professor of Biomedical Engineering at Radiology, Columbia University, and general chair of the upcoming 2018 OSA BioPhotonics Congress.

Added: 04 Oct 2017


Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe; LIGO Team Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time, called gravitational waves, since Albert Einstein’s 1916 prediction of General Relativity. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. Today, the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, California Institute of Technology, USA and Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."

Added: 03 Oct 2017


DNA: The next hot material in photonics?

Using DNA from salmon, researchers in South Korea hope to make better biomedical and other photonic devices based on organic thin films. Often used in cancer treatments and health monitoring, thin films have all the capabilities of silicon-based devices with the possible added advantage of being more compatible with living tissue.

Added: 02 Oct 2017


Circadian Rhythms, the Body's Natural Time-Keeping System, Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize

Most of the processes that occur in the mind and body follow natural rhythms. Those with a cycle length of about one day are named circadian rhythms. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University, USA and Michael W. Young, Rockefeller University, USA, "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm."

Added: 02 Oct 2017


The Optical Society Congratulates the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration for Fourth Gravitation

Albert Einstein’s 1916 general theory of relativity was validated for a fourth time according a joint announcement between the international LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations. Only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. On August 14, the Virgo Collaboration, along with the U.S. LIGO observatories, detected its first gravitational wave signal from a pair of black holes violently merging over a billion light-years away. LIGO’s previous detections have stemmed from merging black holes but this is the first time a merger has been witnessed by three observatories at one time.

Added: 28 Sep 2017


OSA Laser Congress Highlights Latest Advances in Solid State Lasers, Free-space Laser Communication,

The 2017 OSA Laser Congress will offer a comprehensive view of the latest advancements in solid state lasers and other related technology. The conference program is comprised of a global audience of laser leaders and a comprehensive, peer-reviewed presentations. Market-focused sessions describe the needed technological and engineering advancements required to move these laser technologies into commercial products.

Added: 26 Sep 2017


The Mars 2020 Rover Features New Spectral Abilities with its New SuperCam

As the NASA Curiosity rover roams the surface of Mars, its ChemCam captures the chemical makeup of its surroundings with a specially designed laser system. It is the most powerful laser to operate on the surface of another planet. The burst of infrared light it fires lasts only a few billionths of seconds, but it is powerful enough to vaporize the spot it hits at more than 8,000°C. Even from a distance, the ChemCam can examines rocks and soil using a process called Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), where laser bursts atomize and excite components and spectral images capture their chemical signatures.

Added: 25 Sep 2017