Two Photonics NMI Finalists Expected By End Of April

Posted April 3, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: National Photonics Initiative, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Photonics, R&D Policy

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The New York Team submitted their application through SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Albany Nanotech) on March 31st. The team includes MIT, RIT, SUNY Polytech, University of Arizona, University of Rochester, USC Santa Barbara and others. Support letters from New York Photonics member companies represent small and medium-sized business support.

The submission was made to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  The final name for the submission was the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).

The final tally was over 100 total integrated photonic leaders from industry, academia, trade associations, and government as members and supporters with  11 tier 1 members, 4 tier 2 members, 6 tier 3 members and several leading universities.  It is believed to be the strongest team. The team core members worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to put together the best proposal AFRL will receive.  We will see if AFRL agrees.  In the meantime the core team are preparing for an anticipated site visit.

It is expected that two applicants will be chosen by the DoD for site visits by the end of the month.

The support letter from the New York Delegation led by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) is here:

NY Photonics Support Letter

Hitachi Foundation Recognizes Optimax

Posted April 2, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, RRPC Member News, Workforce Development News

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to what CEO Rick Plympton claims is largest optics manufacturer in the United States. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation’s Good Work Blog:

Twisted Light Increases Efficiency of Quantum Cryptography Systems

Posted March 24, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Intellectual Property, International Year of Light, Lasers, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

Researchers demonstrate how to encode 2.05 bits per photon, doubling existing systems that use light polarization

graphicLeonorResearchers at the University of Rochester and their collaborators have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using “twisted light.” This remarkable achievement is possible because the researchers used the orbital angular momentum of the photons to encode information, rather than the more commonly used polarization of light. The new approach doubles the 1 bit per photon that is possible with current systems that rely on light polarization and could help increase the efficiency of quantum cryptography systems.

via New approach uses “twisted light” to increase the efficiency of quantum cryptography systems : NewsCenter.

Kodak Kodak Kodak

Posted March 24, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Economic Development, Manufacturing

A Future Beyond Film, Transformation in the Digital Age

A lot of rehashing this old story, but with a few updates.  We have more jobs in Rochester now than when Kodak was at full employment.

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The First Ever Photograph of Light as Both a Particle and a a Wave

Posted March 10, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: International Year of Light, Nanotech, Optics, Photonics

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Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

Light simultaneously showing spatial interference and energy quantization © Fabrizio Carbone/EPFL

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.


Light Bulb Innovation

Posted March 9, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: International Year of Light

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A community-based organization called DAYLIGHT Project has introduced bulbs made from plastic water bottles to people living in informal settlements that lack electricity. The bulbs are a low-cost and environmentally-friendly innovation that are said to last seven years.

Sydor Instruments Developing Advanced X-Ray Detector

Posted March 9, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: New Products, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Photonics

Sydor Instruments announced today that it has been awarded a $150,000 SBIR/STTR Phase I grant from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Cornell University to advance the development of a novel fast framing hybridized x-ray imaging detector. The hybridized detector is capable of capturing a sequence of quantitative x-ray images at rates compatible with the most commonly used bunch sequences such as the Advanced Photon Source, which is a frame approximately every 150 ns. The Phase I effort will focus on transitioning the technology from prototype to a commercial instrument that will meet immediate and future detector needs for emerging applications in the study of fast irreversible processes.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR/STTR Phase I grant and would like to thank Cornell University for its partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology. The capabilities of modern x-ray light sources have opened up new areas of research in the study of in-situ fast irreversible processes. However, the ability to do such research is limited by the current state of detector technology. The ultimate commercialization of this detector will provide researchers with capabilities not available today in commercial x-ray detectors, and will enable scientists to study fast physical processes with unprecedented accuracy,” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.


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