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.


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

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