Sydor Instruments Awarded Federal Grant from Department of Energy

Posted May 27, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Photonics, RRPC Member News

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$987,500 grant will fund state-of-the-art x-ray beam monitor

Sydor Instruments has been awarded a Phase IIA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $987,500 from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to develop commercial diamond beam position, timing and flux monitors that feature functionality not available today. The x-ray beam monitor will be robust enough to accommodate the high x-ray beam fluxes from 3rd generation synchrotron beamlines, while also retaining the sensitivity to observe monochromatic beams on a per pulse basis. In addition, it will enable closed loop beam diagnostics to aid in the trouble shooting and optimization of current and future beamlines throughout the synchrotron radiation community.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase IIA grant and would like to thank Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University for their partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology which will provide a valuable tool to fully utilize the world’s brightest synchrotrons. This program will advance diamond-based position monitors for synchrotron beamlines that address a technological gap between the ability to generate and focus an x-ray beam; and the ability to effectively use that beam for the intended science goal. This novel diamond-based transmission beam monitor has been shown to have unprecedented linear behavior combined with the ability to determine intensity, position and timing suitable to meet the user demand for increasingly high flux, small focus size and beam stability, ” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.

Webster Man Competes to Build NASA Rovers

Posted May 18, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Career Advancements, Economic Development, Education & Training, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Optics

Webster resident Joseph Serio worked as a gas station attendant in the 1990s, and had no ties to NASA or Mars Rovers.

Now he’s a Monroe Community College optics technology student with 20 years of experience manufacturing optics parts for NASA Mars Rovers with Ontario company Optimax. He’s headed to Texas next week to compete with a team of college students from around the country to build prototype rovers.

Optics is the study of light, and Optimax was commissioned to build lenses for the past three Mars Rovers, or “eyes,” — “any images you’ve seen sent back from Mars comes from what we’ve manufactured,” Serio said.

Serio decided that he wanted a career in the optics field after several years with Optimax. “The career opportunities are endless here … the best thing about it is that every day I keep learning more and more,” he said.

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Advanced Colon Cancer Screening Using FluxData’s FD-1665 Camera

Posted May 13, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Cameras, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Member News

FluxData’s FD-1665 used in Image Enhancement Of Surface Microstructure On Mucosa For Polarimetric Endoscopy study

Katsuhiro Kanamori from Device Research Laboratory Advanced Research Division, Panasonic Corporation in Japan recently concluded their research into endoscopic imaging of gastric mucosa for the purpose of detecting colon cancer. FluxData’s FD-1665 Polarimetric imaging system was used as part of the research.

Cancer affects the gastric areas surrounded by pits in the gastric mucosa. The cancer is detected via change in texture patterns. Traditionally, these changes in texture are very difficult to detect with standard white light endoscopes.

The alternative to white light endoscopy is an invasive process in which indigo carmine blue fluid is sprayed on the tissue, allowing the observer to see pooling in the surface microgrooves. This process can cause damage/bleeding to the mucosa and rapid colorization inhibits further observation.

The issues associated with the spray have prompted research into non-invasive digital image processing. This process makes use of a “pseudo-indigo carmine image” created by using color intensity images from a conventional endoscope and executes nonlinear edge detection looking for concave groove areas that should appear darker as a result of generation of shadows. This method is not yet as effective as traditional spraying. The author is studying the extraction surface geometric information of the mucosa using polarimetric imaging instead of conventional intensity imaging.

Imaging process flow

Method for experiment:

The author’s method is image enhancement of mucosal surface using de-polarization properties of the backscattered light in the surface groove regions and deeper layers of the mucosa. Two pairs of parallel and crossed nicols polarimetric images are captured under differently linear polarized illumination, taking into account illumination from a slanted angle. The pairs are then subtracted to enhance the contrast of the surface structure. Finally, the image is enhanced using a space frequency enhancement process which amplifies the mesh-like pattern seen in indigo carmine sprayed images.


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54th Annual Optics Summer Short Course Series

Posted May 12, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Career Advancements, Economic Development, Education & Training, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, Workforce Development News

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June 1 – June 12, 2015

The Institute of Optics will offer its 54th annual Summer School short-course series next month. This year’s offering will be a mix of a one-week course and two-and-a-half-day courses.

RRPA Grants Available

Full scholarships for our Summer School courses are available through a grant from the US Employee and Training Administration, Department of Labor.  The Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics , and Imaging Cluster Accelerator (RRPA). It provides scholarships to displaced workers who are looking to enter the Optics, Photonics, or Imaging industries and to incumbent workers in any of these fields who are looking to advance their careers.  Priority will be given to displaced and disadvantaged workers and veterans, but all qualified attendees are encouraged to apply.  The scholarships are limited to US citizens.ontact  

Contact Gayle Thompson ( to apply. 

The Institute of Optics Summer Short Courses

Mobile-phone Microscope Detects Eye Parasite

Posted May 12, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Biophotonics, Blind or Visually Impaired, Cameras, International Year of Light

We are living in a transformative age of photonics potential!

Imaging Solutions Group Announces First-To-Market Camera

Posted May 7, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Cameras, New York State Optics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Member News

ISG is the first firm to Announce the New SONY IMX250 Pregius 5Mp Global Shutter LightWise™ Allegro USB3 Camera

 The new LightWise Allegro USB3 SONY IMX250 based cameras deliver excellent image quality and high speed performance.  A variety of applications will be improved using this camera.

The SONY IMX250 Pregius™ CMOS Image Sensor delivers unparalleled image quality with extremely low-noise with a global shutter.  It has 2464 x 2056 resolution (5.1Mp) and can run at up to 100 fps in 12-bit mode or 150 fps in 8-bit mode.  These features are implemented in the LightWise™ Allegro USB3 Camera and are available now by calling ISG.  Available in color or monochrome.

Allegro_USB3-Logo_512x582Unique features differentiate these cameras from the competition, such as the ISG Image Pipeline, large on-board FPGA & 256MB of extra memory.

 Since LightWise cameras are easier to integrate, you will get your OEM vision systems to market faster and with better performance.

 The cameras support the USB3 Vision™ standard, have triggers & strobes, Analog & Digital Gain Control, Auto-Exposure, ROI & binning capabilities and are available with a C-Mount or as a board level solution.

 “The SONY IMX250 global shutter image sensor in our LightWise™ cameras offer best-in-class image quality in low light conditions, very high frame rates at a very reasonable cost,” according to Kerry Van Iseghem, Co-Founder at Imaging Solutions Group.

 The Imaging Solutions Group offers many different custom camera platforms offering a wide variety of interfaces, functions and programmability. This family is designed for low cost machine vision & microscopy applications.

 About Imaging Solutions Group of New York, Inc.:

Imaging Solutions Group, a privately held NY Company, is the leader in the design and manufacture of high-resolution intelligent machine vision and custom designed cameras. With over 24 years of video design experience, the Imaging Solutions Group product design team has accumulated an impressive array of intellectual property that they use to rapidly develop new products. Imaging Solutions Group is located in the Rochester, NY suburb of Fairport, NY in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. For more information call Kerry Van Iseghem at (585) 388-5220 x101 ( or visit our website at for data sheets, sample images and pricing.

ITAR Alert: Rules Changes and Comment Period

Posted May 5, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: ITAR, Manufacturing, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

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A 60-day comment period beginning today is the photonics industry’s opportunity to provide vital input on proposed regulations controlling export of important technologies under Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List, which governs commodities covered by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The proposal has broad implications for the U.S. optics and photonics industry both now and into the future, say analysts at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

SPIE will host a webinar on 12 May to provide information and guidelines on how to comment on the proposed changes – registration is now open.  

Comments needed now from photonics industry on revisions of U.S. export rules. As comment window opens, SPIE webinar will advise how to give input on newly proposed revisions in U.S. export control rules.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is accepting comments on proposed new Category XII rules which govern ITAR. The rewrite is part of an overarching Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative undertaken by the Administration, explained Jennifer Douris, a lobbyist for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and a member of the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) of the Bureau of Industry and Security in the USDC.

Category XII covers many of the optics and photonics commodities and components controlled under ITAR.

The comment process is seen as the best opportunity for exporters, manufacturers, and researchers to influence revisions in regulations that control photonics exports.

“Most of the other categories have already been addressed, but the Administration has saved Category XII for last due to its complexity and importance to both industry and the military,” Douris said.

 The ECR initiative was launched in 2009 with the expressed purpose of building higher walls around fewer items, she explained. “The reasoning behind this was to allow for better protection of what the military would consider to be its ‘crown jewels’ while recognizing the economic realities that are important to industry. This approach is meant to strengthen our national security, while improving the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.”

 “I believe that the ECR revisions to Category XII must allow for future growth of the photonics and optics industry while protecting technologies especially designed for the military,” said Jim McNally, chair of the SPIE Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy (ESTeP) committee. “Many of the commodities and components controlled by the USML might more appropriately be placed on the Commerce Control List. The reforms will have a direct and lasting impact on industry and our academic community. I urge all parties to participate in the comment period.”

 SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs noted that the economic impacts being seen by industry are becoming more serious by the day.

 “The stakes are high for our industry,” Arthurs said. “Outside of a few major contractors, the Department of Defense does not and cannot invest enough R&D funds to sustain and grow businesses. Federal budget actions have kept R&D funding virtually flat, while market opportunity grows rapidly.”

 Meanwhile, he said, non-U.S. companies with similar products are selling freely, and using the motto “ITAR-Free” to do so. “Many are prudently investing the resulting revenue back into their companies, feeding the potential for rapid growth” Arthurs said. “This scenario comes at the detriment of the U.S. industry’s growth and the high-paying jobs that come with it.”


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