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.


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