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Photonics

OPTICS 1 works with every customer as a partner from the initial concept phase through detailed design tradeoffs and optimization, to prototype manufacturing, and ultimately production, delivery and after sales support.

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Photonics–The  technology of generating and harnessing light and other energy sources whose quantum unit is the photon The science of photonics includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, to sophisticated optical systems.

The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing.  Examples include: light sensors, telecommunications equipment, holographs, CDs, laser surgery, fiber optics, and the Internet – all of which are based on photonics.   

Just as applications of electronics have expanded dramatically since the first transistor was invented in 1948, unique applications of photonics continue to emerge with virtually every one of them requiring increasingly complex optics to implement.  In fact we have now reached the point where whole industries are enabled with photonics at their core:

Aerospace technology—LiDAR, altimeters, imaging systems for test and analysis of structures in airplanes, heads-up displays using holography, plus optical pattern recognition which is used extensively for navigation

Agriculture—Satellite remote sensing for detection of large-scale crop effects, scanning and infrared imaging to monitor crop growth and quality, and sensor systems for irrigation

Biomedicine—Lasers for surgery, therapies such as photodynamic therapy, and LASIK, testing and analysis devices for noninvasive glucose monitors

Chemical technology—Relies on molecular optical spectroscopy for analysis and on ultrashort laser pulses to induce fluorescence; chemical vapor deposition and plasma etching support photonics thin film applications

Construction—Scanning site topography, bar-code readers for inventory laser distance measuring and alignment, and three dimensional analysis to track the progress of construction

Engineering, microtechnology, and nanotechnology—Lasers in the manufacture of electronic devices, computer chips, MEMs production. Electrical motors, and computers

Environmental technology—Optical absorption spectroscopy used to monitor air quality; and effluents released from stacks

Geographic information systems and global positioning—Uses optics and photonics in imaging and image processing to refine atmospheric and space-based images

Homeland Security—DNA scanning, forensics, retinal scanning, dangerous substance identification, optical surveillance

Information technology—Data storage, ultrafast data switching, and high speed transmission of data across fiber-optic networks

Manufacturing—Laser welding, drilling, and cutting; precision measurements

Transportation—Monitoring the integrity of shipping containers arriving from foreign ports, plus navigation enabled by ring laser gyroscopes 

• World-Wide Web—Photonic technologies have revolutionized the world-wide exchange of information and data flow by forming the technological backbone of the World Wide Web. Since photonics technologies are at work, we are now benefiting from the convergence of an industrial society with the information society and dynamic growth due to their synergies.

 

Over the years, OPTICS 1 has participated in all of these markets, helping our customers in many cases become dominant players in their fields with the advent of our optical solutions for their particular product.  These have ranged from simple single lenses to complete integrated optical systems.

 

Let OPTICS 1 help you unleash the quality and breadth of the industry's leading optics technology team on your next photonics design project.