Industry Newsmakers - 2nd Quarter 2008

Industry Newsmakers

Second Quarter 2008

The following is a corporate news roundup from the Optical Society (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.


Finisar Corporation -- Finisar and Optium Agree to Combine in All-Stock Merger

Lockheed Martin Corporation -- Lockheed Martin and Rice University Partner on Nanotech Research

New Focus, A Division of Bookham -- Bookham Acquires Laser Controller from Precision Photonics Corporation for New Focus™ Product Line

Newport Corporation - Newport Announces High-Energy Nd:YAG Laser 50/50 Beamsplitters

nLIGHT Corporation -- nLIGHT Receives 2008 Governor’s Emerging Trader of the Year Award

Ocean Optics – Ocean Optics Announces Three-Year Warranty on Spectrometers

Quantronix Corporation - Palitra OPA from Quantronix Provides Highest Conversion Efficiency on the Market

Raydiance, Inc. -- Raydiance Honored by Two Prestigious Industry Awards for Achievements in Business, Technology and Innovation

Second Quarter 2008 Industry News Summary

The industry’s leading conference on lasers and electro-optics, CLEO/QELS & PhAST, took place in May.  More than 350 exhibitors, including several OSA Corporate Member companies, were on hand displaying the latest products and innovations.  New Focus, a division of Bookham, announced the addition of the LB1005 High-Speed Servo Controller to its product line.  It acquired the LB1005 line from Precision Photonics Corporation.  The LB1005 high-speed servo controller is a one-box solution that allows for highly stable frequency and intensity locks on many types of lasers as well as synchronization of pairs of lasers.  Quantronix Corp. announced the new Palitra Optical Parametric Amplifier (OPA), which, according to the company, offers the highest conversion efficiency (40 percent at peak) and widest gap-free tuning range (0.175-22 µm) on the market.  Newport Corporation unveiled its new line of high-energy Nd:YAG laser 50/50 beamsplitters. The company now offers 16 different versions at four center wavelengths of 266, 355, 532 and 1064 nm, in both one- and two-inch diameters.

OSA Corporate Members continue to win industry accolades for their business and technological accomplishments.  Semiconductor laser and fiber manufacturer nLIGHT Corporation received Washington State’s 2008 Governor's Emerging Trader of the Year Award. The award honors a state business that has demonstrated innovation and success in international trade.  Raydiance, Inc., the developer of the world’s first compact, cost-effective and fully software-controlled ultrashort pulse laser system, was recognized as a Red Herring 100 North America winner, an award given to the top 100 private technology companies based in North America.  The company was also selected as a finalist in the Most Innovative Company category in the 2008 American Business Awards.

To stay on top of an ever-changing industry scene, OSA Corporate Members are developing new business practices and partnerships.  Finisar Corporation announced their merger with Optium Corporation in May.  The merger will create the world’s largest supplier of optical components, modules and subsystems for the communications industry, and will include 5,000 employees worldwide. Jerry Rawls will remain the executive chairman of Finisar's board, while Eitan Gertel will become president and CEO.  Lockheed Martin Corporation is partnering with Rice University to advance nanotechnology research and develop new technologies in such applications as electronics, energy and security.  The Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University, or LANCER, will pair researchers from Lockheed Martin with Rice experts in carbon nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics and more.  Ocean Optics announced in April that they are offering a three-year warranty on their entire line of spectrometers.  Company officials say they are the only company in the photonics industry to offer this type of warranty.





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