Industry Newsmakers - Spring 2007

Industry Newsmakers

Spring 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.

Spring 2007 Industry News Summary


Axsun Technologies, Inc. – Axsun Introduces High Performance C+L Optical Monitor at OFC/NFOEC 2007

CIP Ltd. – Innovative reflective semiconductor optical amplifier optimized for next-generation passive optical networks

Coherent, Inc. – Coherent, Inc. Acquires Nuvonyx, Inc.

Corning, Inc. – Corning and OSA Foundation Announce Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition

JDSU – JDSU Acquires Picolight and Innocor

Lambda Research Corp. – Lambda Research Corporation Announces the Release of OSLO® 6.4.3 Optical Design Software for Windows and Linux Platforms

Luna Technologies – Luna Announces Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR) 4400

Polatis, Inc. – Polatis Expands Worldwide Sales Force

RSoft Design Group -- RSoft Announces a New Advanced CAD System for Photonics
Santur Corporation -- Santur Corporation to Supply StrataLight with Widely Tunable Lasers for 40G

Xponent Photonics – Xponent Offers $50 10G MSA Receiver

It’s tradeshow season and with that comes the opportunity for companies to showcase their latest products and innovations.  OSA corporate members are leading the way in fiber optics components design and manufacturing, photonics applications, software offerings and telecom product development. 
Setting a new benchmark in high-resolution OTDR, Luna Technologies has developed the OBR 4400, an ultra-high resolution optical time domain reflectometer, which provides unmatched diagnostic capabilities in locating and troubleshooting problem areas in modern fiber optic components and assemblies (splices, breaks, connectors, bends, hot-spots, etc.). 
Both RSoft Design Group and Lamba Research Corporation continue to upgrade their software offerings for the optics and photonics industry.  RSoft announced the release of a new advanced CAD system for the RSoft Component Design Suite, featuring a new 3-D editing capability.  Lambda released the new and improved version of the lens design software OSLO, which further advances customizability for the user. 

Components developer/manufacturer Axsun Technologies continues to expand the industry-leading OMx optical monitor product line, with the introduction of the industry’s first high resolution C+L Band Optical Monitor.  The OMxCL provides double the optical bandwidth of current technology (up to 100 nm). 
While Axsun is expanding its current product family, CIP announced the development of a new family of reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers, designed to radically boost performance of existing EPON/GPON technologies.  Finally on the product front: in the quest for a low-cost alternative to current 10G component designs, Xponent Photonics has made available its new 10G MSA Xtreme Receiver with a production-quantity price of less than $50.
Acquisitions and other business agreements continue to materialize in the optics and photonics industry.  Coherent, Inc. acquired laser diode-maker Nuvonyx last month.  JDSU has acquired two companies since February – Picolight, designer/manufacturer of optical pluggable transceivers, and broadband test solutions manufacturer Innocor, which was announced earlier this month.  Santur Corporation announced a strategic long term supply agreement with StrataLight, in which Santur will supply the company with widely tunable lasers for 40G.
In other news, Corning, Inc., along with the OSA Foundation, announced the establishment of a new student award competition designed to recognize future leaders in the field of optical communications.  The first award will be given at OFC/NFOEC 2008.  Finally, optical switch maker Polatis, Inc. recently appointed two senior executives to its worldwide sales force.  Garland Shinn and Vernon Brokke joined Polatis in March as directors of sales in the Test and Measurement Group and Federal Systems Group, respectively.


New Technique Accurately Digitizes Transparent Objects

A new imaging technique makes it possible to precisely digitize clear objects and their surroundings, an achievement that has eluded current state-of-the-art 3D rendering methods. The ability to create detailed, 3D digital versions of real-world objects and scenes can be useful for movie production, creating virtual reality experiences, improving design or quality assurance in the production of clear products and even for preserving rare or culturally significant objects.

Added: 19 Sep 2017

The Optical Society Elects Stephen D. Fantone as 2018 Vice President

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Stephen D. Fantone, president and founder of Optikos Corporation, United States, as its 2018 vice president. Three directors-at-large were also chosen during this year's election: Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium; Giselle Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; and Ekaterina Golovchenko, IPG Photonics, USA. The announcement was made today during The Optical Society’s Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference in Washington, DC, USA.

Added: 19 Sep 2017

OSA Publishing Recognizes and Congratulates Outstanding Reviewers

In support of Peer Review Week 2017, an industry-wide celebration of the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality, OSA recognizes and thanks its 2017 class of Outstanding Reviewers. This distinguished group of 25 members of the optics and photonics community was selected based on their commitment to providing a high level of technical expertise and constructive criticism in the peer-review process. Established in 2012, the OSA Outstanding Reviewers recognition is given annually to commend the top reviewers for their exceptional peer-review efforts over the past year.

Added: 14 Sep 2017

New Software Turns Mobile-Phone Accessory into Breathing Monitor

Researchers have developed new software that makes it possible to use low-cost, thermal cameras attached to mobile phones to track how fast a person is breathing. This type of mobile thermal imaging could be used for monitoring breathing problems in elderly people living alone, people suspected of having sleep apnea or babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Added: 13 Sep 2017

The Optical Society Hosts Special Networking and Member Events During FIO + LS 2017

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional association in optics and photonics, will host a variety of special events during the 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibit from 17 - 22 September in Washington, DC. The activities include unique networking and professional development programs, a reception with OSA journal editors and special opportunities for OSA members and their families.

Added: 12 Sep 2017

Core Solutions Reach Optimally Extreme Light Pulses

As scientist probe nature ever more precisely with laser pulses, now aiming for the zeptosecond regime – a trillionth of a billionth of a second and the fastest scale of time measured – optimizing each parameter of those pulses can offer more finely tuned measurements of as-yet unknown dynamic properties. The laser wavelength, duration and energy of each pulse, and rate at which pulses are produced are all key factors in observing dynamics such as the real-time electron motions of single molecules together with the motion of consistituent atoms.

Added: 11 Sep 2017

The Optics Driving Today’s Auto Industry

In the next ten years, the auto industry will undergo a profound transformation: the cars it builds, the power moving them forward and the consumers who buy them will look significantly different. Optical technologies, in many ways, will enable these changes. Featuring experts from all aspects of the automotive industry, this panel discussion will highlight advances the technology behind (and above) the dashboard and how it will impact how we drive in the future.

Added: 08 Sep 2017

Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements

Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepare and evacuate.

Added: 06 Sep 2017

The Optical Society Announces 2017 Treasurer’s Award Recipient

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, announced today that M. Scott Dineen, senior director of production and technology for OSA has been awarded the 2017 Treasurer’s Award. Dineen has been recognized for excellence in publishing technology and the development of new tools essential for maintaining and enhancing OSA’s publishing leadership

Added: 06 Sep 2017

Rush Holt to Deliver Science Policy talk during 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Sciences Meeting

At a time when there are widespread concerns about the place of science in our society and government, what role should scientists have with policymakers? What can be done to help avoid policies that devalue science and discontinue the much needed investment in research and development? Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will address these issues and more during a special presentation during the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition in Washington, DC.

Added: 30 Aug 2017

Clamping Down on Causality by Probing Laser Cavities

Since the realization of the first laser cavity countless questions have been asked for which laser light has provided the answer. Numerous questions have also been posed in an effort to improve on our abilities to produce lasers with various performance specifications and wavelengths. A question that was not asked until recently is – what happens if you shine a laser beam through another laser cavity? It may not seem a practical question to ask experimentally, but after studying how externally incident light interacts with an active laser cavity in quantitative detail, the answer turns out to offer devices with new, seemingly paradoxical optical capabilities.

Added: 29 Aug 2017

High-Dimensional Quantum Encryption Performed in Real-World City Conditions for First Time

For the first time, researchers have sent a quantum-secured message containing more than one bit of information per photon through the air above a city. The demonstration showed that it could one day be practical to use high-capacity, free-space quantum communication to create a highly secure link between ground-based networks and satellites, a requirement for creating a global quantum encryption network.

Added: 24 Aug 2017