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Sydor Instruments Receives $1 Million SBIR award from the Department of Energy, Office of Science

September 8, 2017

Grant funds the commercialization of a specialized Sydor Spectro CCD detector, designed for Soft X-ray Spectrometers.

Sydor Instruments, a Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $991,741 SBIR Phase IIA grant from the Department of Energy, Office of Science to commercialize the unique Sydor Spectro CCD. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The CCD includes specific features to improve resolution in soft X-ray spectroscopy. This improved resolution allows spectrometers to be shorter, which is critical for cost savings as well as achieving the high tolerance positioning when moving the spectrometer during experiments.

The Phase 1 award developed the concept and the Phase II award developed a prototype detector. The prototype detector was demonstrated in a test at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) on the RIXS beamlines 8.0.1 and 6.3.2. The Phase IIA will increase the sensor size, plus repackage the system into a commercial offering. Sydor will add this product to the suite of soft and hard X-ray detectors and beam monitors that are used globally for synchrotron and XFEL applications.

Mark Katafiaz, VP of US Operations at Sydor Technologies notes: “The SBIR support letters and strong customer demand verify that the Sydor Spectro CCD solves a significant problem. Results at ALS further confirm that our 5 micron pixel resolution, ultra low noise, and the highest ultra-soft X-ray QE will enable beamlines to fully utilize their source capabilities for years to come.”

 

Radical Innovation: Can It Be Cultivated, Or Is It Unintended Consequence?

June 6, 2016

People who want to seem smarter than the average researcher or business leader pretend that they can cultivate radical innovation.  Is there evidence that they can?  “Innovation,” “Scaling,” “Disruption” are all terms that are easy to apply in hindsight and toss around at cocktail parties but not so easy to engender.

Some people think that “breaking it” and then scrambling to fix it in a new way spurs radical innovation.  Doesn’t that sound a little like vandalism or clear-cutting?  Sure, something will always grow or be repaired.  Is that innovation?  We even see evidence of this theory in politics, but with very little evidence for the success of the model.

Peter Thiel has a model.  Does it work?

Register For The 2015 New York Photonics Annual Meeting

August 26, 2015

In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics.

All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement.

What is integrated Photonics?
Why is it important to the DoD?
What will this cross-cutting technology mean to our future?
How will it change our lives?
What is the future hold for the National Photonics Initiative?

These is the subjects of this year’s New York Photonics Annual Meeting.

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An Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation would not be possible without the National Photonics Initiative

July 23, 2015

There would be no Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation were it not for the hard work of our societies OSA and SPIE in Washington DC, and their members.  

Kudos to Alan Willner at USC for his leadership, and to Elizabeth Rogan at OSA and Eugene Arthurs at SPIE.  Without their commitment and the work of their superb staffs, the NPI would not have had the impact that it is having.

 

\WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better positionthe United States relative to global competition in this critical field.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California.

On behalf of the NPI, Steering Committee Chairman Alan Willner issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for the US photonics industry, and we congratulate the New York consortium on this win. While other countries have heavily invested in advancing their optics and photonics industries, the United States’ lead in this cutting-edge technology has dwindled. Establishing an IP-IMI in New York is a step in the right direction for our industry and will strengthen our country’s position as the world leader in transitioning photonics research to commercial markets.”

“The NPI and its supporting societies are committed to the long-term success of the IP-IMI. Since the IP-IMI selection process began in June 2014, the NPI has worked to educate the photonics community about this historic opportunity and pledged its support to whichever consortium was ultimately selected by the Department of Defense (DOD). We are prepared to help the IP-IMI, and by association work with the DOD, by leveraging the platforms, programs and resources of our scientific societies. The NPI looks forward to continuing its role as an advocate for the photonics community and continuing to serve as a private sector resource for the DOD as this project now moves from idea to reality.”

Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects light to advance robotics, manufacturing, medical imaging, next-generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more. Integrated photonics circuits incorporate multiple miniature optical structures to manipulate and control beams of light, in the same way that integrated electronic circuits control electrons, in order to encode, transmit and decode information. A major goal for the IP-IMI will be to develop low-cost, high volume, manufacturing methods to interface electronic integrated circuits with integrated photonic devices.

ABOUT THE NPI: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. For more information visit www.lightourfuture.org

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-photonics-initiative-congratulates-new-york-consortium-on-securing-integrated-photonics-institute-for-manufacturing-innovation-300117450.html

 

 

Integrated Photonics Institute will be Headquartered in Rochester, NY

July 22, 2015

In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Chuck Schumer have announced National Manufacturing Institute in Photonics to be located in New York and headquartered in Rochester.

“All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit other members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement,” said Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.

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Slaughter Issues Statement on Photonics Manufacturing Institute

ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter released the following statement regarding her efforts to bring a federal manufacturing institute to Rochester:

For more than three years, I’ve been leading our region’s effort to convince the Obama Administration to create a photonics manufacturing institute and build it in Rochester. With remarkable research universities, robust manufacturing capability, and the most talented workforce in the country, the Rochester region is truly the nation’s leader when it comes to photonics. Three years of tireless work is nearing the finish line but I won’t be celebrating until an official announcement is made by the Department of Defense. I’ve been proud to work with many partners on this exciting opportunity and am especially grateful for the support of the University of Rochester, RIT, Majority Leader Joe Morelle, and Governor Andrew Cuomo. I look forward to sharing more details with the community in the days ahead.

For background on Congresswoman Slaughter’s work on this institute, click here.

 

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2015/07/22/rochester-wins-federal-photonics-center/30521791/

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Two Photonics NMI Finalists Expected By End Of April

April 3, 2015

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

SPIE Digs Deeper Into Industry

February 19, 2015

If you missed this presentation at Photonics West, SPIE’s Steven Anderson and his staff have been busy digging deeper.

http://www.newyorkphotonics.org//pdf/PW15%20Anderson%20_%20Breakfast%20%20_%20Final.pdf