Industry Newsmakers Third Quarter 2009


Industry Newsmakers

Third 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.


AFL Telecommunications – AFL Telecommunications Achieves Major Milestone; Manufactures and Ships 150,000th km of Optical Ground Wire

Chroma Technology Corporation – Chroma Technology Corp. Introduces New Subsidiary

Cube Optics AG – Cube Optics AG Releases First LAN WDM Channel (4 x 25 Gbps) ROSA for 100 Gbps Multi-lambda Transceivers

JDSU – JDSU Completes Acquisition of Finisar’s Network Tools Business

Lockheed Martin Corporation – Lockheed Martin Completes Acquisition of Gyrocam Systems LLC

Luna Technologies, Inc. – Luna Technologies Launches New Optical Vector Analyzer

Ocean Optics, Inc – Ocean Optics Spectrometer Detects Liquid Contraband in China

Sierra Monolithics, Inc. – Sierra Monolithics Introduces Low-Power 40G Mux and Demux in Compact Surface-Mount Packaging

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

Third Quarter 2009 Industry News

OSA corporate members are having an impact on innovations and business agreements in fields like optical communications, biophotonics and spectroscopy. Industry news in Q3 2009 reminds us that faster network speeds, better national security and medical breakthroughs are all enabled by diverse optics and photonics technologies.

Business Partnerships and Agreements

JDSU announced that it completed its acquisition of the Network Tools business of Finisar Corporation. According to the company, the acquisition provides JDSU with the ability to address the storage area network test market's best growth opportunities, such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet. JDSU expects the business to contribute revenue in the mid-to-high single-digit millions of dollars and neutral operating income in Q1 2010.

Lockheed Martin Corporation completed its acquisition of Gyrocam Systems LLC in August. Gyrocam develops and supplies gyrostabilized optical surveillance systems and sustainment field services, principally to the U.S. military.

TOPTICA Photonics AG acquired TILL Photonics GmbH in Munich over the summer. TILL is a biophotonics company focused on live-cell imaging and microscopy.

Chroma Technology Corp, manufacturer of precision optical filters, announced the launch of 89 North, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Located in Burlington, Vt., 89 North will develop innovative products for the life science imaging market, with an initial focus on high-power light sources for fluorescence imaging.

Applications and Products

Ocean Optics has supplied 10 spectrometers to the Ministry of Public Security in Shanghai. Currently deployed in airport locations and border crossings with Vietnam, the device has been integrated into the AY01-01 Rapid Liquid Contraband Detector, which allows it to detect up to 200 different types of explosives, drugs, dangerous chemicals and other hazardous liquids or transparent crystals. Its use is expected to expand to large public gatherings such as conferences and sporting events as well.

AFL Telecommunications reached a milestone this summer, manufacturing and shipping its 150,000th kilometer of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), making it the first company in the world to do so. Since 1985, AFL has shipped this high-tech cable to more than 65 countries worldwide - in regions as diverse as the Alaskan tundra and Zambia.

Cube Optics AG last month announced it manufactured the world's first integrated multi-lambda 100 Gbps Receiver Optical Sub-Assemblies (ROSAs). The ROSA optically demultiplexes four LAN Wavelength Division Multiplexed (LAN WDM) channels operating at 25 Gbps. The optical signals are converted to electrical information via a set of integrated detectors and then further processed by suitable TIAs to produce data output rates of up to 4 x 28 Gbps.

Test and measurement developer Luna Technologies announced its newest product in the Optical Vector Analyzer™ platform, the OVA 5000. The company says the tool is ideal for single-measurement, all-parameter analysis of fiber optic components and assemblies up to 150 meters in length. With the new OVA 5000, a full C and L band characterization of all linear optical parameters can be completed in less than three seconds.

Sierra Monolithics extended its family of 40G serializer/deserializer (SerDes) components with the introduction of the SMI4029 multiplexer with clock multiplier unit (CMU) and SMI4039 demultiplexer with clock and data recovery (CDR). The devices deliver data rates from 39.8 Gbps to 44.6 Gbps while also incorporating on-chip, user-enabled DQPSK precoding, which the company says makes them extremely resilient to impairments encountered in older fiber and Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers in backbone and metro/regional networks.


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