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.


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

New 3D Display Takes the Eye Fatigue Out of Virtual Reality

There is a great deal of excitement around virtual reality (VR) headsets that display a computer-simulated world and augmented reality (AR) glasses that overlay computer-generated elements with the real world. Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods. A new type of 3D display could solve this long-standing problem by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.

Added: 21 Jun 2017