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.


Science and Applications Intersect at the 2017 FIO + LS

The 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition concluded today featuring the latest in optics and photonics research and technology. With over 1,200 attendees, this year’s meeting has been redesigned to provide attendees with innovative elements, such as the new Science and Industry Showcase and Visionary Speakers, and new presentation formats to spur thoughtful conversation around a richer array of results.

Added: 21 Sep 2017

New Technique Accurately Digitizes Transparent Objects

A new imaging technique makes it possible to precisely digitize clear objects and their surroundings, an achievement that has eluded current state-of-the-art 3D rendering methods. The ability to create detailed, 3D digital versions of real-world objects and scenes can be useful for movie production, creating virtual reality experiences, improving design or quality assurance in the production of clear products and even for preserving rare or culturally significant objects.

Added: 19 Sep 2017

The Optical Society Elects Stephen D. Fantone as 2018 Vice President

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Stephen D. Fantone, president and founder of Optikos Corporation, United States, as its 2018 vice president. Three directors-at-large were also chosen during this year's election: Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium; Gisele Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; and Ekaterina Golovchenko, IPG Photonics, USA. The announcement was made today during The Optical Society’s Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference in Washington, DC, USA.

Added: 19 Sep 2017

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