Industry NewsmakersThird Quarter 2008

Industry Newsmakers

Third 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.


AFL Telecommunications and The Light Brigade, Inc. -- AFL Telecommunications Acquires The Light Brigade

Goodrich Corporation -- Goodrich Corporation Acquires Recon/Optical, Inc. Assets

LightCounting -- LightCounting Forecasts 37% CAGR for 10-GigE Optical Transceiver Shipments in 2008-2011

Lockheed Martin and Aculight Corporation -- Lockheed Martin Agrees to Acquire Aculight Corporation

New Scale Technologies -- New Scale Technologies Named to Inc. 5,000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2008

nLIGHT Corporation -- nLIGHT Acquires Majority Interest in Optotools GmbH

QED Technologies -- QED Technologies Honored With R&D 100 Award For Innovative Metrology Tool

Tessera Technologies -- Tessera's OptiML WLC Technology Honored in 2008 R&D 100 Awards

TeraXion, Inc. -- TeraXion Ranked 25th Among the Fastest Growing Canadian Technology Companies According to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Awards Program

Third Quarter 2008 Industry News Summary

From fiber suppliers to laser manufacturers, OSA Corporate Member companies are making news with corporate announcements and accolades. nLIGHT Corporation, a supplier of high-power semiconductor lasers and fibers acquired a majority interest in German supplier Optotools GmbH. AFL Telecommunications recently acquired a majority ownership position in The Light Brigade, a leading fiber optic training company and supplier of media and products, located in Tukwila, Wash. Lockheed Martin acquired Aculight Corporation based in Bothell, Wash. Aculight is a privately-held company primarily focused on providing laser-based solutions for national defense and aerospace customers. The new business unit will report to Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business in Akron, Ohio. Goodrich Corporation acquired the Chicago Aerial Industries and Pacific Optical Division assets of Recon/Optical, Inc., a leading provider of low-to-medium altitude airborne reconnaissance cameras and optical products for the homeland security and military market.

Several Corporate Members have a lot to celebrate this year. Three companies were the recipients of R&D Magazine’s prestigious R&D 100 Awards. QED Technologies won for its Subaperture Stitching Interferometer for Aspheres, which the magazine cited as “a turnkey precision measurement tool uniquely capable of measuring complex surfaces.” Corning, Inc. won for its ClearCurve bendable optical fiber. Tessera Technologies’ OptiML wafer-level camera won an R&D 100 Award as well. The camera also received Advanced Packaging Magazine's Novel Package Design award in July.New Scale Technologies, Inc. was named for the second year in a row to Inc.’s annual listing of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States at number 650. The Victor, N.Y. manufacturer of miniature piezoelectric motors and motion systems also ranked number 18 among the list’s top 100 computer and electronics companies, with a three-year sales growth of 515 percent. TeraXion Inc. was selected as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, a ranking of Canada’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies based on percentage revenue growth over five years. TeraXion’s 791 percent increase in revenue from 2003 to 2007 earned the company a spot in 25th place.

In other Corporate Member news, transceiver research company LightCounting released their latest transceiver market report, which calls 2008 the “year of change” for the market. The report states, among other findings, that Ethernet and DWDM will drive the market from 2008 to 2011 and low-cost 10-GigE SPF+ modules will dominate data communications, as evidenced by their stellar first year, with sales already eclipsing all other 10-GigE form factors.


Optical Communications Innovators to Deliver Keynote Presentations at OFC 2018

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, is pleased to announce the outstanding lineup of keynote speakers for OFC 2018. Marcus Weldon, Nokia Bell Labs, USA, John C. Doyle, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA, and Chengliang Zhang, China Telecom, China, will take the stage to discuss future innovations in optics-based communication technologies.

Added: 19 Oct 2017

David J. Wineland and Amnon Yariv Named 2017 Honorary Members of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the recently elected, 2017 Honorary Members. The recipients are David Jeffrey Wineland, 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate, University of Oregon, USA, and Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA. The 2017 Honorable Members were approved unanimously by the OSA Board of Directors. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made unique, seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Added: 18 Oct 2017

New Imaging Approach Maps Whole-Brain Changes from Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Although treatments can slow the worsening of symptoms, scientists are still working to better understand the neurodegenerative disease so that curative and preventative medicines can be developed. A new imaging system could help speed new drug development by offering a better way to monitor the brain changes indicative of Alzheimer’s in mouse models of the disease.

Added: 17 Oct 2017

The Optical Society Announces 2018 Fellows Class

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 OSA members, representing 19 countries, have been elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.

Added: 13 Oct 2017

In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture body motion

The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the body or integrated into clothing could allow athletes and physical therapists to monitor their progress, provide a more detailed level of motion capture for computer games or animation, help engineers build robots with a lighter touch or form the basis for new types of real-time health monitors.

Added: 12 Oct 2017

Freeze Frame Microscopy for 3D Biological Images Captures 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

“The Nobel Committee’s recognition of yet another type of biomedical imaging underscores just how important, and enabling imaging and microscopy techniques are to all areas of science and medicine,” stated Elizabeth M.C. Hillman, professor of Biomedical Engineering at Radiology, Columbia University, and general chair of the upcoming 2018 OSA BioPhotonics Congress.

Added: 04 Oct 2017

Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe; LIGO Team Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time, called gravitational waves, since Albert Einstein’s 1916 prediction of General Relativity. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. Today, the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, California Institute of Technology, USA and Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."

Added: 03 Oct 2017

DNA: The next hot material in photonics?

Using DNA from salmon, researchers in South Korea hope to make better biomedical and other photonic devices based on organic thin films. Often used in cancer treatments and health monitoring, thin films have all the capabilities of silicon-based devices with the possible added advantage of being more compatible with living tissue.

Added: 02 Oct 2017

Circadian Rhythms, the Body's Natural Time-Keeping System, Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize

Most of the processes that occur in the mind and body follow natural rhythms. Those with a cycle length of about one day are named circadian rhythms. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University, USA and Michael W. Young, Rockefeller University, USA, "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm."

Added: 02 Oct 2017

The Optical Society Congratulates the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration for Fourth Gravitation

Albert Einstein’s 1916 general theory of relativity was validated for a fourth time according a joint announcement between the international LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations. Only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. On August 14, the Virgo Collaboration, along with the U.S. LIGO observatories, detected its first gravitational wave signal from a pair of black holes violently merging over a billion light-years away. LIGO’s previous detections have stemmed from merging black holes but this is the first time a merger has been witnessed by three observatories at one time.

Added: 28 Sep 2017

OSA Laser Congress Highlights Latest Advances in Solid State Lasers, Free-space Laser Communication,

The 2017 OSA Laser Congress will offer a comprehensive view of the latest advancements in solid state lasers and other related technology. The conference program is comprised of a global audience of laser leaders and a comprehensive, peer-reviewed presentations. Market-focused sessions describe the needed technological and engineering advancements required to move these laser technologies into commercial products.

Added: 26 Sep 2017