Industry Newsmakers Fourth Quarter 2009

Industry Newsmakers

Fourth 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. – Coherent, Inc. Acquires Product Lines From StockerYale, Inc.

Corning, Inc. – Corning Cable Systems Collaborates with Case Western Reserve University in Landmark Gigabit Fiber-to-the-Home Pilot Research Project

Edmund Optics – Edmund Optics Helps Blend Science and Art In Historic Reconstruction

Fianium, Inc. – Fianium Expands Worldwide Distribution Network

IPtronics – IPtronics Develops Components for Light Peak Technology

Ocean Optics, Inc. – Ocean Optics Spectrometer Confirms Water on the Moon

Optimax Systems, Inc. – Optimax Lenses Reach the Moon

PD-LD, Inc. – PD-LD Contracted for $17 Million Bridge Deck Rehab Design Project Team

University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences – Scientist's Camera Sees Artwork Down to Its Underdrawings

Fourth Quarter 2009 Industry News

As 2009 drew to a close many OSA Corporate Members saw exciting uses for their breakthrough technologies emerge in the mainstream marketplace. From outer space to art museums, optics technology plays a key role in enabling applications in a variety of vital markets.

Focus on Applications

Both Ocean Optics and Optimax Systems are contributing to two NASA missions to the moon. Ocean Optics provided the spectrometer (“ALICE”) that confirmed the presence of water on the moon, as part of NASA’s LCROSS mission. Optimax Systems developed lenses that are being used on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The high resolution topographical map of the moon’s surface, provided by the imaging lenses, shows astronauts where it is safe and beneficial to land, as well as areas that are best to avoid.

PD-LD, Inc. has been contracted to participate in a $17.5 million bridge deck deterioration assessment and rehabilitation design project led by Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation. PD-LD will produce an Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System (ANDERS), which will apply its Volume-Bragg Grating technology to near-infrared spectrometry for rapid on-site analysis of corrosion and deterioration, in reinforced concrete structures.

Charles Falco of the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences has modified a commercial 8-megapixel digital SLR camera for infrared use, creating an inexpensive, portable new tool that even amateur photographers can use to quickly see through layers of paint in artwork to reveal drawings, defects or other features on the original canvas. For example, Falco used the camera to reveal guidelines used by a French Renaissance artist to create perfect perspective in a painting, revealing that the artist understood and based his drawing on the constructed laws of perspective.

Corning Incorporated will supply product and design assistance to Case Western Reserve University and its partners in a historic initiative to test the power of super-high-speed Internet access to change people’s lives in inner-city neighborhoods. Corning Cable Systems’ FlexNAP™ Terminal Distribution System will provide design the university’s FTTH network. The solution is a cost-effective method of deploying optical fiber in outside plant distribution networks at speeds significantly faster than traditional field installations.

Telescopes of Vermont has chosen Edmund Optics as the optics supplier for its recreation of the historic Porter Garden Telescope. Russell Williams Porter (1872–1949), who originally designed the telescope in the 1920s, was a renowned artist and architect who was part of the design team that created the 200-inch telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California. Porter's Garden Telescope was a model for the split ring mount used at the Palomar Observatory and only a handful of the original devices exist, one of which is in the Smithsonian

Through a collaborative effort with Intel and other industry partners, IPtronics has developed silicon for Intel’s Light Peak Technology. The new silicon solution from IPtronics enables industry partners to build Light Peak optical components. Light Peak is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10 Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100 Gb/s over the next decade.

Business Partnerships and Agreements

Coherent, Inc. acquired the North American operations of StockerYale, Inc. in an asset purchase for $15 million dollars in cash. The company acquired all the assets and certain operating liabilities of the laser module product line in Montreal and the specialty fiber product line in Salem, NH.

Ultrafast fiber laser manufacturer Fianium announces the expansion of its worldwide distribution network with the appointment of representatives in four key growth regions: laser Science Services Ltd. in India, Wooyang Photonics in Korea, FORC Photonics in Russia and Ammo Engineering in Israel. Through the agreements, the groups will offer Fianium’s full portfolio of ultrafast picosecondand femotsecond fiber laser and Supercontinuum products.


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