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 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.


Getting Hold of Quantum Dot Biosensors

Quantum dots (QDs) have found so many applications in recent years, they can now be purchased with a variety of composite structures and configurations. Some are available suspended in a biologically friendly fluid, making them well poised to serve as biomarkers for single-molecule tagging and tracking. But suppose you wanted to trap and move one of these single nanoparticle tags the same way other biologists might grab tissue samples with a tweezer?

Added: 22 Aug 2017

Guide Star Alliance Team Receives OSA’s 2017 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Guide Star Alliance is the winner of the 2017 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. Under contract of and in close collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), industrial partners, TOPTICA Photonics and MPB Communications (MPBC), joined together to develop a high-power CW tunable laser system called the SodiumStar. The team’s development is now considered the quasi-standard for existing and planned telescopes around the world. The Guide Star Alliance will receive the award on 18 September 2017, during Frontiers in Optics (FiO) + Laser Science (LS) in Washington DC, USA.

Added: 18 Aug 2017

New Terahertz Imaging Approach Could Speed Up Skin Cancer Detection

Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches designed to speed up image acquisition. This combination could allow terahertz imaging to be useful for detecting early-stage skin cancer without requiring a tissue biopsy from the patient.

Added: 17 Aug 2017

New Tool Aims to Make Surgery Safer by Helping Doctors See Nerves

During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new noninvasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally injuring nerves or assist them in identifying nerves in need of repair.

Added: 16 Aug 2017

Relativistic Self-Focusing Gives Mid-IR Driven Electrons a Boost

Conventional particle accelerators can range from large room-sized devices to facilities multiple kilometers across. One of the ways that scientists have looked to reduce the size and expense of future accelerators is by developing laser –driven plasma acceleration. Such accelerators, however, are growing in size and complexity in order to maintain relevance for one of their applications—high energy physics. However, there are many applications that can use a lower energy and higher repetition rate accelerated beam. For the first time, scientists have observed the production of relativistic electrons driven by low-energy, ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses.

Added: 15 Aug 2017

OSA Laser Congress Plenary to Highlight Ultrafast Laser Systems and Black Hole Detection

The OSA Laser Congress 2017 will feature the latest advancements in solid state laser developments and related technologies for use in free space laser communication, laser-based sensing and numerous industrial applications.

Added: 10 Aug 2017

New Optical Method Pinpoints Weak Spots in Jet Engine Thermal Coatings

Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and wear. The technique could be used to predict how long coatings would last on an airplane and might eventually lead to new thermal barrier coatings, making engines more efficient and cutting both the cost and pollution of air travel.

Added: 09 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Congratulates Ed White on Selection as Chair of the NPI

The Optical Society (OSA) commends the selection of Edward White, associate vice president of test, assembly and packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, as the next National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Steering Committee Chair. White will succeed Alan Willner, the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering University of Southern California and 2016 president of OSA. The National Photonics Initiative is an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, and its impact on society.

Added: 04 Aug 2017

See the World Differently at FIO + LS 2017

Whether you are in an autonomous vehicle looking to avoid collisions with nearby objects, or sitting on Earth and trying to detect collisions of black holes in the furthest galaxies, the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) plenary presentations will detail recent achievements in gravitational wave science and today’s LiDAR applications.

Added: 03 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Foundation Concludes Successful 2017 Innovation School

The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) hosted early-career professionals during its first Innovation School from 23-27 July at OSA headquarters in Washington DC. The four-day program focused on honing ‘intrapreneurial’ skills through a series of interactive ‘ideation and customer validation’ exercises. In addition, the hands-on program was accompanied by presentations led by CEO’s, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders in the optics and photonics industry.

Added: 01 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Creates Optical Design Innovator Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award recognizing significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology by an individual at an early career stage. The inaugural award will be given in 2018.

Added: 26 Jul 2017

Sophisticated Medical Imaging Technique Proves Useful for Automotive Industry

Many of today’s cars are coated with paint that exhibits a metallic or glittery shine. The exact sparkle and color you see is determined by the distribution and characteristics of tiny metal flakes used in the paint. A new approach based on the medical imaging technique optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides the car industry with a practical way to automatically analyze these metal flakes, which until now have been difficult to image, in order to improve the efficiency of the automotive finishing process.

Added: 25 Jul 2017