Industry Newsmakers Fourth Quarter 2008

Industry Newsmakers

Fourth 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.


Fianium -- Fianium to Lead Project to Develop Advanced Supercontinuum Fiber Lasers

Fiberguise Industries, Inc. -- Mode Scrambler Option Eliminates High Power Laser Hot Spots

Intel Capital --Intel Capital Announces Three New Investments In China Including Its First Chinese Cleantech Investments

JDS Uniphase Corporation -- JDSU Acquires Circadiant to Meet Growing Requirements for SFP+ and 10 GigE Stress Testing

nLIGHT Corporation -- Medical Applications Benefit from Enhanced Laser Diode Performance at 1400 nm to 2000 nm

Ocean Optics -- Ocean Optics Acquires Oerlikon Optics USA Operation

Photonics Industries International, Inc. -- Photonics Industries Announces Air-Cooled Diode Pumped Eye Safe Wavelength Laser

Raydiance -- Raydiance Secures $20 Million of New Funding to Support Continued Development and Commercialization of Ultrafast Laser Platform

Zygo Corporation -- ESI, Inc., Zygo Corp. Announce Agreement to Merge

Fourth Quarter 2008 Industry News Summary

In late 2008, OSA Corporate Member companies were seen leveraging business partnerships and new business strategies to foster innovation and novel product offerings. Components-maker JDSU acquired Circadiant, an industry leader in SFP+, 10 GigE and other stressed signal test solutions. Optical sensing company Ocean Optics, Inc. acquired the Oerlikon Optics business unit in Golden, Colo. Under the terms of the agreement, Oerlikon Optics will be fully integrated into Ocean Optics’ Thin Films Division. Oerlikon Optics is a supplier of custom optical components and subassemblies. Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI) and Zygo Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge in an all stock transaction. The companies said this merger combines two photonics-based technology leaders, possessing complementary technologies and strong brand names—ESI is a leading provider of world-class photonic microengineering solutions, while Zygo is a leader in the field of high-precision metrology solutions and optical systems.

On the investment side of the industry, Raydiance announced it secured $20 million in a new “Series D” round of financing led by Greenstreet Partners and joined by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which provided the initial stage of funding for the company. Said Greenstreet Founding Partner Steven Green, “Raydiance has clearly made great strides in harnessing the transformative power of ultrafast light, and we are confident this company has the vision, leadership and the cutting-edge technology necessary to help solve some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.” In an effort to “accelerate renewable energy generation and drive China’s sustainable development,” Intel Capital announced two new investments in the Chinese cleantech industry in early Q4. This includes a new $20 million investment in Trony Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese thin-film solar energy and solution provider and NP Holdings Limited, a technology company focused on massive electricity storage systems. These represent Intel Capital’s first two cleantech investments in China.

OSA Corporate Members continue to be on the forefront of leading-edge R&D. Fianium is leading a group of institutions to develop and evaluate advanced white-light (supercontinuum) fiber lasers for biomedical imaging applications. The company will work with the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials at the University of Bath and Edinburgh Instruments Ltd. on the $3.6 million project, which is co-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board. Fiberguide Industries released a new mode scrambler option for its line of high power laser delivery assemblies that protects the fiber optic conduit by conducting heat away from the fiber end. Incorporated into the proximal end of the laser assembly, the mode scrambler allows the laser beam a homogeneous exit. The mode scrambler option is offered on Fiberguide’s standard silica and hard clad fibers. nLIGHT has announced a new generation of 1400 nm to 2000 nm semiconductor laser diodes based on indium phosphide that provide both higher power and better efficiency. These wavelengths open up a wide range of surgical and aesthetic medical applications through either direct use or to pump holmium or erbium lasers. Photonics Industries International has broadened its product line to now include an air-cooled version of its diode pumped eye safe wavelength laser. These lasers are produced at a fixed wavelength selected in the 1.5 µm to 3.4 µm (NIR) wavelength range.


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