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.


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

Researchers Look Inside Dangerous Blood Clots with Optical Clearing Technique

A new technique that makes blood clots optically clear is allowing researchers to use powerful optical microscopy techniques to study the 3D structure of dangerous clots for the first time. Although blood clots stop bleeding after injury, clots that block blood flow can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Added: 17 Jul 2017

New Imaging Technique Fast Enough to Watch Molecular Dynamics Involved in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers have developed a fast and practical molecular-scale imaging technique that could let scientists view never-before-seen dynamics of biological processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Added: 13 Jul 2017

OSA Members Host Photonics Facility Tour for Congressman Charlie Dent

During the recent District Work Week, Representative Charlie Dent (R - Pa) toured the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) and the Smith Family Laboratory for Optical Technologies, Lehigh University, PA. The tour was arranged by OSA members Nelson Tansu, the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the CPN and Sean Anderson, a Photonics Engineer at Cisco.

Added: 12 Jul 2017

OSA’s Optics & Photonics News Wins 2017 APEX Award

OSA Publishing is pleased to announce that the staff of Optics & Photonics News (OPN), The Optical Society’s news and member magazine, has received a 2017 APEX Grand Award for publication excellence. The award honors a series of four commemorative booklets that the OPN team developed to highlight 100 years of The Optical Society.

Added: 11 Jul 2017

The Optical Society Announces 2017 OSA Optical Design & ​Fabrication Congress Highlights

Optical design and fabrication play an ever-increasing role in our modern society as more applications for optics are developed, especially in the areas of imaging, sensing and illumination systems. Advances in optical design and fabrication have led to the ability to utilize modern design tools to reduce cost, augment manufacturability, and enhance system performance in a wide variety applications.

Added: 05 Jul 2017

LASER World of Photonics 2017 Closes in Munich with a Record Number of Exhibitors and Attendees

WASHINGTON — The LASER World of Photonics Congress, a conference and exhibition co-sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA), attracted a record number of exhibitors and attendees over a four day period in Munich, Germany. The meeting was held in conjunction with CLEO/Europe – EQEC 2017 and the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO 2017) from 25-29, June 2017.

Added: 03 Jul 2017

OSA Imaging & Applied Optics Congress Focuses on Breakthrough Imaging Innovations

The 2017 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress (AIO/IS) concluded in San Francisco, California with nearly 350 attendees and more than 250 presentations from covering the diverse optical imaging industry. Research highlights included novel imaging optical imaging industry, innovative and collaborative applications and the future of imaging, as well as topical symposia highlighting advancements in 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications, Applied Industrial Optics, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Imaging Systems and Applications, Mathematics in Imaging, Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena.

Added: 30 Jun 2017

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees with a New LiDAR System

Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR – whose name originated as a combination of “light” and “radar” – capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance. LiDAR quickly became the standard method for (3-D) land surveys and is now used in a multitude of sensing applications, such as self-driving cars.

Added: 27 Jun 2017

Moisture-Responsive ‘Robots’ Crawl with No External Power Source

Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power.

Added: 26 Jun 2017