Consortiums Compete for Establishment of Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation

Posted November 21, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Economic Development, Materials, Nanotech, National Photonics Initiative, Photonics, Photovoltaics, Politics, R&D Policy, silicon photonics

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Funding Opportunity Announced

Through a Funding Opportunity Announcement  (FOA) made on Nov. 6, the U.S. Department of Defense is calling for concept papers for the establishment of an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI).

The IP-IMI will be the largest federal investment to date under the Obama administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) at $110M. The IP-NMI does not include optics, optical systems or optical manufacturing. It does not include lasers at the manufacturing scale, optical materials or new systems for manufacturing critical DoD optical components. It is narrowly focused upon “domestic integrated photonics chip fabrication foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development.”

The FOA was made through the Air Force Research Laboratory, following President Barack Obama’s announcement of his administration’s intent to form the IP-IMI, the sixth such institute under the NNMI. The FOA reaffirms that commitment, with DoD investing $110 million, intended to be somehow matched or exceeded in investment  from industry, academia and/or state and local government through the winning proposal.

Read the White House fact sheet here.

A proposer’s day has been scheduled for Nov. 19  in Arlington, Va.

Proposers day, Artisphere Spectrum Theater, Arlington, VA

Proposers day, Artisphere Spectrum Theater, Arlington, Va.

New York Proposals

A National Institute for Manufacturing and Innovation in Photonics has been one of the main goals of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).  Numerous lobbying efforts and a national fly-in have supported the NPI.   Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY 25) has been an enthusiastic advocate for a photonics institute led and located in Rochester, N.Y.

In Rochester, an NMI effort led by the University of Rochester has been under way for two years. The university has been working with key stakeholders across the U.S. to form a consortium to partner on an application. It is rumored that The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany (CNSE) is also working on an application.  Sources at the University of Rochester say that they have been engaged in brokered discussions with CNSE.

Other New York research interests might include names like Cornell University, RIT, Columbia University, Clarkson, University at Buffalo and others.  Industrial partners may include such names as Corning, GE, IBM, Global Foundries and Sematech.

Applications are due on Dec. 19.

Read the DoD Announcement here.

Recent New York Efforts

The last NMI award announcement was for an institute for power electronics.

CNSE led a consortium that applied for the Power Electronics NMI in late 2013. That Institute was awarded to a consortium based in North Carolina.  Undeterred, Gov. Andrew Cuomo later announced a New York State Power Electronics Institute under the CNSE umbrella, promising to create 500 jobs. The announcement was made in the same building where CNSE announced its Department of Energy Photovoltaics Consortium on July 17, 2013,  promising to create 100 jobs.

The competition for leadership in Optics, Photonics and Imaging seems to be paying off for New York State.

The Glass Age!

Posted November 19, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Manufacturing, Materials, New York State Optics, Optics

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Ubiquitous!

 

 

We are living in it!

 

http://theglassage.com/

 

Smoke and Mirrors: It’s All Light!

Posted November 18, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Art, Optics

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Now showing at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery

California artist Matt Elson use color, light and mirrors to create optical illusions that envelop viewers who peer inside.

Elson has said, “They are a form of contemporary portraiture that is tuned to social media. Typically, two people will walk up, look in from each side, put their heads in the box, be surprised/get happy, then spontaneously take out their phones, photograph each other and publish those pictures via the web.”

http://mag.rochester.edu/exhibitions/infinity-boxes/

Ithaca’s BinOptics Acquired by MACOM

Posted November 18, 2014 by rrpc
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M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:MTSI) (MACOM), a leading supplier of high performance RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BinOptics Corporation, a leading merchant provider of Indium Phosphide lasers for Data Centers, Mobile Backhaul, Silicon Photonics and Access Networks, in an all-cash transaction valued at $230 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

http://binoptics.tumblr.com/post/103041602913/macom-announces-definitive-agreement-to-acquire#l

In Rochester, New York, Experiments Mimic Cosmic Explosions and Planetary Cores

Posted October 31, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Laser Fusion, Lasers, New York State Optics, Photonics

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Researchers in Rochester, NY are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester’s OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil’s eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by plasma filaments and self-generated magnetic fields, reaching pressures a billion times higher than seen on earth.

Read More at physics.org
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Thorlabs Acquires Corning QCL and Partners with Daylight Solutions

Posted October 30, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Acquisitions, Economic Development, Lasers, Photonics, silicon photonics

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Component and system provider Thorlabs has continued its expansion up the photonics value chain with the acquisition of Corning’s optoelectronics research group – including significant expertise in quantum cascade laser (QCL) development.

And the company has immediately followed that up with a strategic partnership involving Daylight Solutions, the San Diego firm that has developed QCL-based products for infrared countermeasures and medical screening applications.Thorlabs1797C

The Corning QCL operation, with which Daylight has already enjoyed a long-term collaboration, and related assets including intellectual property will now be transferred to Thorlabs’ semiconductor fabrication facility in Maryland.

Read More At Optics.org

 

Asking the right questions leads to best optical shutter design, writes Vincent’s Pasquarella

Posted October 25, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, Publications

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Electromechanical shutters are vital components in a broad spectrum of optical assemblies and systems. Shutter requirements are sometimes not apparent or considered during optical system design; other times, they need to be expanded upon after the launch of a system. Additionally, requirements may be added by the ultimate end user of a system that necessitate the implementation of a shutter into the design.

Shutters similar to the Uniblitz RS20B are well suited for thin space envelopes due to the low-profile design.

Shutters similar to Vincent Associates’ Uniblitz RS20B are well suited for thin space envelopes due to the low-profile design.

The perceived simple nature of a shutter (a device that opens and closes to gate light) leads to a tendency for its consideration to be left until later in the design cycle, or when a prerequisite of the design reveals a specified need. Such scenarios can potentially raise havoc with a product’s development cycle, especially if the nature of the design requires significant time to accomplish lifetime qualification, prove new material interactions, and/or develop special test equipment for the customer’s ongoing production qualification. For example, doing a lifetime-qualification test of a larger-aperture device such as a 65 mm shutter at a test rate of slightly greater than 1 Hz and a specified lifetime of 2.2 million operations can take more than 25 days to complete even for around-the-clock testing.

This article discusses a few cases where the system integrators/designers did not consider the need for a shutter device during the design pre-stages, resulting in project delays, costs adjustments, and additional testing. However, understanding certain criteria and asking a number of questions of the shutter-design team can help the design engineer to predict the need for a shutter early on and to allow for more consistent development and implementation.

Read More: http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-50/issue-10/features/optical-shutters-asking-the-right-questions-leads-to-best-shutter-design.html


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