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.


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; Giselle 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 ago. 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 ago. 2017

High-Dimensional Quantum Encryption Performed in Real-World City Conditions for First Time

For the first time, researchers have sent a quantum-secured message containing more than one bit of information per photon through the air above a city. The demonstration showed that it could one day be practical to use high-capacity, free-space quantum communication to create a highly secure link between ground-based networks and satellites, a requirement for creating a global quantum encryption network.

Added: 24 ago. 2017