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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
JML Optical Industries has expanded its offerings to customers with the acquisition of a leading manufacturer of cylindrical optics.
The Rochester-based optics developer and manufacturer announced today that it has acquired Harold Johnson Optical Laboratories Inc. (HJOL), located in Gardena, Calif. HJOL manufacturers custom optics in prototype and production volume quantities for customers in the defense, industrial, medical and research industry in the United States and globally.
“HJOL’s capabilities are a great complement to JML Optical’s existing strengths.” said JML President and CEO Bob Bicksler. “HJOL has a well-earned reputation for customer service and is among the industry leaders in manufacturing and testing cylindrical optics. We look forward to offering these expanded capabilities to both existing and new customers.”
In addition to cylindrical optics, HJOL products include spherical and plano optics, prisms, coatings and assemblies. The company was founded in 1967 to provide lens designers and engineering companies a source for breadboard models, prototypes and production optics.
“The entire Harold Johnson team works extremely hard to support customers. I know that JML shares this customer-centered mindset and that our customers will continue to have world-class optics and world-class support going forward,” said HJOL President Hall Johnson Jr.
Big day of news for our industry yesterday, Manufacturing Day in America!
At an event to celebrate Manufacturing Day at New York Photonics member EMF Corporation in Ithaca, New York with their Congressman from New York’s 23rd district (which includes Corning), Tom Reed, and OSA CEO Liz Rogan.
Congressman Reed deserved the wonderful welcome he got at EMF. Reed and Joe Kennedy, (D, MA) cosponsored the Reinvest in American Manufacturing & Innovation (RAMI) Bill that passed the House on September 15th. The bipartisan bill, supported by president Obama is also in the Senate (S. 1468) under the sponsorship of Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), has the potential to create another few Manufacturing Institutes as part of the president’s National Network of Manufacturing & Innovation.
Reed deserves to be recognized for his leadership, for his independent initiative, and last but certainly not least and especially significant for his constituents in the 23rd, his championing of manufacturing and manufacturing jobs. His critics can say what they will but this guy supports manufacturing. His questions at EMF showed insight into manufacturer’s problems, from workforce development and schools, to tax credits and rare earths.
Thank you, Congressman Reed for your efforts on the behalf of Manufacturers in New York and across the nation.
While we were headed to Ithaca we heard about the forthcoming announcement that afternoon from the Department of Defense (well, actually from President Obama, celebrating Manufacturing himself in Princeton, Indiana) of $200M in funding for a National Manufacturing Institute in Photonics.
This announcement is the result of so much work by so many people that it is difficult to appreciate unless you have been part of the effort. Connect the dots:
- Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation
- The National Photonics Initiative
- Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s vision and persistence
- Dozens of lobbying efforts by many dozens of individuals (including your own RRPC and New York Photonics representatives and board members) for a National Manufacturing and Innovation Institute in Photonics
These have also been the subjects, sequentially (in case you haven’t noticed), of the last four New York Photonics annual meetings.
At her press conference in Rochester to announce the upcoming competition (with a great deal of collaboration, we hope) for a
National Institute of Photonics, Congresswoman Slaughter said,
Rochester is the world capital of optics and photonics, and that’s why I’ve been fighting like heck for over two years to get this investment”
“What the world wants most in optics and photonics is already being developed right here in Rochester. We’ve got the manufacturing facilities, the research institutions, the highly-skilled workforce, and now we have the public-private investment opportunity that we need to get this industry to the next level. This manufacturing institute will have a transformative impact on our local economy that will help support the thousands of jobs we already have in this industry, and potentially bring many more to Rochester. Our region has been leading the world in optics and photonics for decades, which is why we’re going to pursue this competition aggressively.”
National Manufacturing Day was a great day for Western New York and for the nation’s optics, photonics & imaging industry. A lot of people, to many to list here, deserve credit for their hard work.
Yesterday, September 30, 2014, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter wrote a letter to André Gudger, Acting Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense in the DoD Office of Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy (MIBP). MIBP’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program will stand up two manufacturing innovation institutes that play a critical role in the Obama Administration’s national manufacturing agenda. (NNMI)
Slaughter’s letter supports the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics efforts to establish Rochester in a leadership position for a Manufacturing Institute in Optics, Photonics and Imaging.
The letter is here:
Congresswoman Slaughter was the keynote speaker at the New York Photonics annual meeting on September 3rd. The panel discussion documented New York State efforts to establish a National Center for Optics, Photonics and Imaging technologies.