Optics Industry Report

June 1, 2005
Bristol to support Burleigh interferometers; Jenoptik acquires majority stake in Photonic Sense; ITT wins contract for enhanced night-vision goggles; MORE...

Bristol to support Burleigh interferometers

Bristol Instruments (Victor, NY), a new company founded by three former employees of Burleigh Instruments, has announced that it will provide mirrors and accessories for a variety of discontinued Burleigh Fabry-Perot ­interferometer products.

“Burleigh’s Fabry-Perot interfer­ometers are still used by many ­researchers around the world,” says Brian Samoriski, president of Bristol Instruments. “However, in recent years, it has not been possible to obtain mirrors and accessories for these products. Because of our passion for optical interferometry and high-resolution spectral characterization, we would like to help scientists who wish to preserve their original investment in the world’s foremost Fabry-Perot interferometer.”

Jenoptik acquires majority stake in Photonic Sense

Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme (Jena, Germany), a Jenoptik subsidiary in the Photonics business division, has acquired 51% of the stock in Eisenacher Photonic Sense (Eisenach, Germany). The company specializes in the manufacture and sale of raw-material components comprising high-grade optical germanium and silizium. By acquiring the majority holding in the company, Jenoptik is securing access to these key raw materials for optical components.

The germanium and silicon crystals are grown by Photonic Sense in crystal-growing facilities on the basis of a new and original technology, and then are further processed using CNC-controlled milling, polishing, and sawing processes to create plane optics, lenses, and mirrors. Optical components made from ­germanium and silicon are used primarily in night-vision equipment, thermal imaging and monitoring cameras, and pyrometrics (contactless temperature measurement), particularly in automobile sensors and medicine and for high-performance lasers.

ITT wins contract for enhanced night-vision goggles

ITT Industries Night Vision (ITT; Roanoke, VA) announced a contract award from the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Acquisition Center, Unique Missions Division, for Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVGs). The contract has a potential estimated value of $560 million over a five-year period, and the Army has initially exercised the base award for program year one of $10 million.

Lambda Research moves to new facility

Lambda Research (Littleton, MA), an optical design and engineering firm, announced that its corporate headquarters will be relocated to a new ­facility. The new Lambda Research ­offices will be located at 25 Porter Rd., Littleton, MA 01460. A full floor of 9,000 sq ft will house recent new hires, and will provide a larger training room to accommodate increased demand for training and seminars in optical and ­illumination design.

“This is an important step for the growth of our company and its services,” says Groot G. Gregory, vice president of Lambda Research. “Our goal is to become an optical solutions company, whose services expand beyond software offerings. We strive to build a close customer-supplier relationship while offering responsive technical support, consulting, and one-on-one or group training. Our larger facility will give us a better opportunity for visits by our local, out-of-state, and international customers.”

Lambda Research has been growing continuously since Ed Freniere, president and founder, formed the company in 1992, and since the company acquired OSLO, an optical design software product complementary to its flagship product, TracePro, three years ago. Lambda Research currently has 21 employees in two offices in Littleton, Mass., and Tucson, Ariz., and an international network of global sales representation serving its customer base in more than 40 countries.

Also in the news . . .

Tinsley Industries has opened a new 30,000-sq-ft. facility in Richmond, CA, to grind and polish large mirror segments required by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). . . . According to a soon-to-be-released updated report, RGB-117N Non-linear Optical Materials Applications, from Business Communications Company (Norwalk, CT), the global market for nonlinear optical (NLO) materials is currently estimated at $856 million and is expected to reach $1.656 million by 2009. . . .Edmund Industrial Optics (Barrington, NJ), a worldwide supplier of optics and optical technology, announced the release of its new European and Asia-Pacific 2005 Optics Catalogs. . . . Resolve Optics (Chesham, England), designer and manufacturer of innovative lenses and lens systems, announced that it has been issued ISO 9001:2000 certification by Quality Management Systems, an accredited third-party registrar of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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