Industry Newsmakers - Summer 2007



Industry Newsmakers

Summer 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.

OSA CORPORATE MEMBERS
MAKING NEWS

Aculight Corp. – Aculight to help ready solid-state lasers for military and aerospace applications

Corning, Inc. – Corning Announces Breakthrough Optical Fiber Technology

Luna Technologies -- Luna's Test and Measurement Instrument Receives ''R&D 100'' Award for Technical Innovation

Melles Griot, Inc. -- Yellow and Blue Solid-State Lasers with Fiber Beam Delivery

Nufern – Nufern Releases Fully Functional 200W Fiber Laser Designed to be Industry's Most Flexible and Accessible

Ocean Optics – Ocean Optics Spectrometer Selected for NASA LCROSS Mission to Search Out Lunar Water

Raydiance, Inc. – Raydiance and Food & Drug Administration Sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Timbercon, Inc.Timbercon Ranks 35th on the Portland Business Journal's Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2007

Summer 2007 Industry News Summary

The U.S. Federal Government relies on collaborations with innovative companies – often in the optics & photonics industry – to carry out important programs and missions.  For example, Aculight Corp. won a three-year subcontract to help prepare optically pumped semiconductor laser technology for volume manufacturing in military and commercial aircraft applications. The technology is for aircraft infrared countermeasures defensive systems that can help protect military and commercial aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.  Ocean Optics has custom-engineered a spectrometer for an upcoming NASA mission to the moon’s south pole.  The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will carry the Ocean Optics equipment, affectionately dubbed “ALICE,” to help analyze the makeup of the lunar craters, with the goal of locating water below the moon’s surface.   Raydiance, Inc. has entered into a two-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in which the FDA will utilize Raydiance's USP laser platform to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of high power laser-tissue interaction.

Industry leaders continue to make advances in the latest optical technologies.  Corning, Inc. developed a breakthrough optical fiber-based technology that solves a historic technical challenge for telecommunications carriers installing FTTH networks.  The new optical fiber maintains its signal strength when bent or curved, with performance results 100 times better than standard single-mode fibers.  Fiber manufacturer Nufern released its first complete, fully functional industrial fiber laser this summer.  The NuFIRE™ laser is a complete, high-performance 200 W ytterbium fiber laser system that Nufern expects to "streamline the process of adopting laser-based materials processing in manufacturing environments."  Melles Griot, a global supplier of photonics components and subsystems, announced two new families of fiber delivered, solid-state lasers to facilitate system assembly and provide more system architecture options — the 85 BCF series operating at 488 nm (blue) and the 85 YCF series operating at 561 nm (yellow). The company notes these systems are excellent alternatives to gas lasers.

OSA Corporate Member companies continue to receive industry recognition for their leadership in the field.  Luna Technologies' Optical Backscatter Reflectometer with distributed sensing has received a 2007 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products introduced into the marketplace in the last year. The R&D 100 Awards recognize breakthrough products or processes that can change or improve people's lives or standard of living, promote good health or clean up the environment.  Timbercon, an industry leader in the supply and manufacturing of custom fiber optic products and solutions, ranks on the Portland Business Journal's 2007 list of fastest growing 100 privately held companies list, for the sixth consecutive year. Timbercon's 134% jump in revenues led the company to rank 35th in the top 100.

 

 

 

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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


Optics Leaders Announced as Visionary Speakers for 2017 FIO + LS Meeting

The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition provides a venue for leaders in the optics and photonics community to discuss the latest advances in the field. In 2017, the FIO + LS meeting has been thoughtfully redesigned and revised, offering attendees the best of past meetings while adding innovative elements to this year’s meeting. A new speaker category of visionary speakers have been added and will deliver presentations around the four conference themes

Added: 20 Jul 2017