Industry Newsmakers - First Quarter 2008

Industry Newsmakers

First 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.


Aculight Corporation -- Aculight Awarded SBIR Contract to Develop Laser-Based Vestibular Implant

Bristol Instruments, Inc. -- Bristol Instruments Introduces Wavelength Meter for Mid-Infrared Lasers

Finisar Corporation -- Finisar Leads Industry Development of Next-Generation Fiber Channel With the First Public Demonstration of 17 Gbps VCSEL Technology

IPG Photonics Corporation -- IPG Photonics Announces New Results in Thick Plate Welding with 20 Kilowatt Fiber Laser

JDSU -- JDSU Unveils All-In-One Solution for Optical Transport

Kotura -- Kotura and Oki Optical Components to Partner in Silicon Photonics for Next Generation Products

Nufern -- Nufern Introduces New Erbium/Ytterbium Co-doped and Ytterbium-doped LMA Fibers

PD-LD, Inc. -- New Patent Approval: PD-LD Protects ‘Dicing’ Technology for RGB Lasers

First Quarter 2008 Industry News Summary

As the optics community gears up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser, OSA Corporate Members continue apply this ground-breaking technology in the areas of medicine, telecommunications and manufacturing.  Aculight Corporation has been awarded a new contract under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop a laser-based vestibular implant to help restore the loss of sensory information.  No clinically available treatments exist for this condition, but researchers believe that direct vestibular stimulation may alleviate symptoms in many patients.  Bristol Instruments, Inc. has introduced a new laser wavelength meter for scientists and engineers who need to know the exact wavelength of their mid-infrared lasers. The new model 621B-MIR is designed to operate over the entire wavelength range of 4 to 11 µm.  IPG Photonics Corporation recently announced it achieved a record high-quality deep penetration welding on thick stainless steel plates at rapid speeds. By using IPG's unique 20 kW continuous wave 1070 nm commercial fiber laser, it is now possible to weld 1" 304 stainless steel at a speed of 0.85 meters/minute, and 3/4" samples at a speed of 2 meters/minute using a 200 micron fiber cable with a 420 micron focus spot size.   Nufern further expanded their NuPOWER™ line of active fibers.  The new fibers include an Erbium/Ytterbium co-doped and Ytterbium-doped large mode area fibers for support of the laser and amplifier industry.  PD-LD, Inc. has been awarded a U.S. patent that protects a method of mass producing Volume Bragg Grating (VBG) elements based on separating (or “dicing”) a VBG wafer into smaller identical elements with the same properties as the starting wafer.   According to the company, the technology represents a significant breakthrough and is largely applicable for RGB lasers for display applications.

The optical communications industry convened in San Diego for OFC/NFOEC 2008 in February.  More than 600 companies exhibited at the event and many announced the latest advancements to their products and services.  Finisar performed the first public demonstration of a complete optical link utilizing a 17 Gbps directly modulated Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) over multimode fiber. The company says this particular demonstration proves the viability of the optical components required to develop the 16G Fiber Channel standard and positions Finisar as a key contributor to the standard's ongoing development.  JDSU announced at the conference that it is creating a single-slot blade solution for delivering all major functions required for optical network transport, called the Agile Optical Network (AON) Superblade. The new platform will integrate major transport functions that used to require multiple blades onto a single blade, dramatically reducing size, cost and power requirements for network equipment manufacturers and service providers.  Kotura Inc., a leading provider of silicon photonic components, and Oki Optical Components, a leading supplier of very high-speed optical and IC components for Ethernet and telecom applications, announced just prior to OFC/NFOEC that they are partnering to bring new silicon photonics products to the market place.  Their first joint product will be a 10G APD receiver with integrated VOA for Metro applications.




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