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.




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

OSA to Host an Incubator Meeting on Materials for Optomechanical Actuation

Incubator meeting to provide a collaborative forum for problem-solving optomechanical materials challenges.

Added: 25 Jun 2017

New Screen Coating Makes Reading in Sunlight a Lot Easier. The Secret? Moth Eyes.

Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.

Added: 22 Jun 2017