Industry Newsmakers Second Quarter 2009


Industry Newsmakers

Second Quarter 2009

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 +1 202.416.1435.


Coherent, Inc. – New Green Laser Supports Cost Sensitive, High-Throughput Micromachining

Corning, Inc. – Corning Applies Bend-Insensitive Fiber Innovation to Create Cutting-edge Data Center Solution

Edmund Optics – Edmund Optics Expands Options For Laser Material Processing Applications

Luna Technologies, Inc. – Luna's Fiber Optic Sensing Used in Railway Test in France

New Focus and Newport Corporation – Oclaro, Newport Announce Major Strategic Asset Exchange

Ocean Optics, Inc. – ALICE Finally Sent ‘To the Moon’

TOPTICA Photonics AG – TOPTICA Acquires Majority of Bioimaging-Specialist TILL Photonics GmbH

Second Quarter 2009 Industry News

The optics and photonics industry is continuing to change and evolve, all the while offering innovative solutions for real-world applications and manufacturing processes. OSA Corporate Members are leading the industry in these areas.

Acquisitions & Business Agreements

German laser manufacturer TOPTICA Photonics AG acquired the assets and assumed certain liabilities of biophotonics imaging company TILL Photonics GmbH last week. TILL is known for its innovative microscopy solutions and its focus on live-cell imaging. According to TOPTICA President Thomas Weber, “TILL Photonics GmbH will be operated as an independent entity with an independent organization and its own sales channels adapted to the microscopy market.”

Oclaro, Inc. (the company formed out of the merger of Bookham and Avanex earlier this year) announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Newport Corp. Newport will acquire the New Focus business of Oclaro’s Advanced Photonics Solutions division in exchange for the Newport Spectra Physics high power laser diode business.


A custom-engineered spectrometer from Ocean Optics, part of the scientific payload on NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, was successfully launched into space last month. “ALICE,” as the spectrometer is affectionately known, was drafted for the mission to help analyze the makeup of the lunar craters, with the goal of locating water below the moon’s surface.

Luna Technologies' fiber optic sensing system, the Optical Backscatter Reflectometer 4400 device with distributed Rayleigh sensing, was used in an experiment on the French National Railway for the possible use as a cavity detection or sink hole warning system on railway track beds and tunnels. Current technologies are increasing in use to locate cavities, but do not offer continuous embedded cavity monitoring, a major concern for rail companies and a key benefit of Luna's solution.

Corning Inc. recently announced a new optical fiber data center solution that is enabled by Corning’s bend-insensitive ClearCurve® optical fiber technology. “Our solution allows for a reduced data center footprint, simplicity of installation with plug and play assembly components, and promotes improved airflow efficiency with reduced energy consumption and cost. All lead to increased data center efficiency and lower cost,” said Clark Kinlin, president and chief executive officer, Corning Cable Systems.


Optical components-maker Edmund Optics recently announced an expanded line of F-Theta scanning lenses along with laser accessories for laser material processing applications. These new introductions help increase scanning system life and reduce downtime while improving the efficiency and uniformity of materials processing.

In the micromaching arena, Coherent recently announced the new MATRIX 532-8-100, a Q-switched, diode pumped, solid state laser designed for demanding micromachining tasks in solar, semiconductor and medical device manufacturing. Specifically, it provides 8W of output power at 532 nm at a pulse rate of 100 kHz, in order to support high-throughput applications. Coherent says the laser is designed to deliver an unmatched combination of long lifetime, high reliability and low total cost of ownership.


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

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