June 2022 – Optics & Art -

In a new feature, OPN highlights works by eight artists inspired by light—and its ability to transform the world around us.

June 27, 2022 – NRL Announces the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium (DC-QNet) -

To advance quantum network capabilities and leadership, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced work with five other U.S. Government agencies on May 18 to establish the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium (DC-QNet) to create, demonstrate and operate a quantum network as a regional testbed.

June 27, 2022 – Novel Gel Proves Itself to Be Highly Tunable Color Filter -

Color these scientists happy. An exotic gel they studied at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has an unexpected property: The material’s temperature determines which color of light can pass through it.

June 23, 2022 – ColdQuanta, LocatorX Put Finishing Touches on Solid-state Miniature Atomic Clock -

Quantum-technology company ColdQuanta Inc. and Atlanta-based LocatorX Inc. have formed a strategic partnership under which the Boulder firm will assist LocatorX in the final stages of development of the solid-state miniature atomic clock (SMAC).

June 2022 – 2022 Optica Awards and Medals -

Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize The highest award conferred by OSA, for overall distinction in optics James C. Wyant University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, USA – For pioneering contributions in advancing the science and technology of quantitative interferometric metrology, his leadership as an educator and entrepreneur, and his visionary service to the global optics and photonics community.James Wyant received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, USA, and has made noteworthy contributions to the field in both academia and industry throughout his career. In 1999, he became the Director of the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, and a few years later he became the Founding Dean of the University’s College of Optical Sciences. In 2019, The college was renamed the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences in his honor. As an entrepreneur and strong supporter of industry, he co-founded WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology Corporation and has been a board member for several other companies, such as Veeco Instruments, DMetrix, Optics 1 and ILX Lightwave. He is also well known for creating the optical testing technique used on the James Webb Space Telescope as well as most, if not all, of the giant telescopes around the world.

Herbert Walther Award – Jun YeIn recognition of distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community For an extensive body of work in optics, including ultra-stable lasers, ultra-cold polar molecules, ultra-high resolution spectroscopy, and ultra-high accuracy optical clocks Jun Ye has his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, under the supervision of Nobel laureate and Optica Honorary Member John Hall. He is currently a professor adjoint of physics. He was a Milikan Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, USA, before returning to the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on the frontiers of light–matter interactions, including precision measurement, quantum science, ultracold matter and frequency metrology. A Fellow of JILA and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, he has co-authored 380 papers and delivered 600 invited

Esther Hoffman Beller MedalIn recognition of outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering – Julie Bentley University of Rochester, USA For her central role in shaping the optics education of countless undergraduate and graduate studentsJulie Bentley received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA. She is currently a professor at the Institute of Optics and has taught courses in geometrical optics, optical design and product design for more than 22 years. Previously, she managed a commercial team at Corning.

Tropel, USA, where she served as the link between the customer and the research-and-development groups. She used this experience to start herown successful optical design consulting business, Bentley Optical Design, and currently works on a wide variety of design projects from biomedical instruments for cancer screening to both consumer and military optics.Bentley has published multiple books on lens design and teaches short courses to industrial partners all over the world.

June 10, 2022 – Virridy Raises $5.5M in Series A to Accelerate Sensor Development -

BOULDER —Virridy, a Boulder company that’s a trade name for SweetSense Inc., has closed on a $5.5 million Series A fundraising round to accelerate the development of “satellite-connected sensors for managing water, energy, and agricultural resources,” the company said in a news release.“Partnering with organizations including the National Science Foundation, USAID, the World Bank, NASA, the Millennium Water Alliance, and Swarm Technologies, Virridy is monitoring the water supplyof more than four million people to help maintain consistent supplies,” the release said. “In Kenya and Ethiopia, Virridy’s low-cost, satellite-linked sensors monitor water boreholes, enabling government agencies responsible for maintenance to effectivelydeploy resources to minimize borehole downtime to ensure communities have consistent access to well water for livestock and crops.

June 1, 2022 – Sierra Space, Spirit AeroSystems Partner on Shooting Star Transport Vehicles -

Louisville’s Sierra Space Corp., a spinoff from Sierra Nevada Corp. that is developing the Dream Chaser space plane, has entered into a strategic partnership with Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) to build Shooting Star transport vehicles, a 15-foot transport vehicle that attaches to the rear of the space plane and can tow up to 10,000 pounds of cargo.

June 1, 2022 – A “Smoking Hot” Colorado Photonics Expo June 2022 Issue of Optics & Photonics News -

On 14 April, the Optica Foundation sponsored tables at the Colorado Photonics Expo and Gala in Broomfield, CO, USA. Nearly 200 participants and 20 exhibitors attended the event, which consisted of six sessions featuring stellar talks—about half of them given by women. The topics included aerospace and remote sensing, biomedical technology, AR/ VR, advanced manufacturing, quantum technologies and career connections.“Overall, I was very impressed,” said Optica member Carl J. Williams after attending the event. “If every local event were of this caliber, we would be smoking hot.”

June 1, 2022 – What’s So Great About Quantum Computing? A Q&A With NIST Theorist Alexey Gorshkov -

In an interview with Alexey Gorshkov, a NIST theorist who works at the intersection of physics and computer science research, mentions Boulder foundational work.‘Quantum came out of trying to build better clocks. Dave Wineland’s work with ions is important here. Jun Ye’s work with neutral atoms is too. Their work led to the development of amazing control over ions and neutral atoms, and this is very important for quantum computing.’

May 31, 2022 – Avantes Moves to Larger Facility -

At the end of May, Avantes moved from Louisville, CO to a new larger locationlocated in Lafayette. This will allow them to better serve our North American customer baseby expanding engineering , shipping and marketing departments.

May 31, 2022 – U.S. House Committee, Colorado Congressional Delegation Visit Campus -

On May 3, members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and Colorado congressional delegation joined leaders and scientists from CU Boulder to showcase university research and federal partnerships. Last year, CU Boulder merited $634 million in sponsored research funding, including $481 million from federal agencies. Given the committee’s jurisdiction over federal science agencies that regularly partner with CU Boulder, including NSF, NASA, NOAA, NIST and DOE, this visit served as a showcase of CU Boulder’s research achievements made possible through these federal partnerships.

May 27, 2022 – EnduroSat Hosts IBM Technologies on its Shared Satellite Mission -

EnduroSat has teamed up with IBM and Red Hat for open source, hybrid cloud, and AI technologies on its satellite that recently launched as part of the SpaceX Transporter-5 ride share mission. Earth observation and in-orbit Edge Computing payloads from IBM were integrated on EnduroSat’s nano satellite Platform-1. Five teams of students have been selected to work with the IBM development for this project including Falcon Tech in Longmont, Colorado.

May 25, 2022 – NRO Awards Maxar 10 Year Contract Under The Electro Optical Commercial Layer Acquisition -

Maxar announces the award of an Electro-Optical Commercial Layer (EOCL) contract by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).EOCL, a five-year base contract with five additional years of options through 2032, represents the largest ever commercial imagery acquisition contract awarded by the NRO. Under the award agreement, Maxar will continue to provide high-resolution commercial satellite imagery in support of the U.S. defense and intelligence community and missions carried out in partnership with U.S. allies and partners.

May 18, 2022 – Sens. Hickenlooper, Bennet Lobby Air Force Head to Keep Space Command in Colorado -

Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, both Democrats representing Colorado, met with the head of the U.S. Air Force on Tuesday to push for keeping the U.S. Space Command’s headquarters in their state.Colorado was one of six states that werefinaliststo host Space Command’s permanent headquarters when then-President Donald Trump reactivated the battalion in August 2019. Space Command has been temporarily headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.The administration’s January 2021 announcement to move the headquarters to Alabama drew criticism from Colorado officials who alleged the move was politically motivated.

May 17, 2022 – NOAA Selects Ball for Ocean-Observation Instrument Study -
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., , is one of two companies selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to administer a study of a new instrument used to observe Earth’s oceans.The Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) Ocean Color study contract will pay Ball about $5.2 million over 22 months.The GeoXO OCX instrument, a hyperspectral, ultraviolet through near-infrared, passive imaging radiometer used to measure critical environmental data”
May 24, 2022 – Quantinuum Introduces InQuantoTM -

Quantinuum, the global quantum computing company, today announced the release of InQuanto, a state-of-the-art quantum computational chemistry software platform that makes it easy for computational chemists to experiment with a wide range of quantum algorithms on today’s quantum computers.InQuantois available for the first time as a standalone platform to commercial organizations, bringing together the latest quantum computing tools in a single application. It was developed and deployed by Quantinuum’s quantum chemistry team to support collaborations.

May 10, 2022 – Smead Aerospace Will House New NSF IUCRC on Autonomous Air Mobility and Sensing -

A major research center on autonomous air mobility and sensing has been founded at CU Boulder, in partnership with the National Science Foundation.The Center for Autonomous Air Mobility and Sensing (CAAMS) will be housed in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and is organized under the NSF’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers program (IUCRC).The five-year, multi-university and industry partnership will integrate research from traditional engineering topics such as automatic control, aerodynamics, wireless communication and energy storage with new disciplines such as artificial intelligence, autonomy, machine learning and robotics.

May 11, 2022 – Raytheon Intelligence & Space announces partnership with Space Foundation, expands two STEM programs -

Together, Space Foundation and RI&S will launch the Discovery Center Field Trip Scholarship this summer, which will enable 1,500 students grades K through 12 and teachers from Title 1 schools in Colorado to visitSpace Foundation’s Discovery Center, the region’s first and only dedicated space, science and technology center, at no cost.

May 10, 2022 – ColdQuanta acquires firm, releases first cold-atom quantum computer -

It’s a big week for Boulder-based quantum-technology company ColdQuanta Inc. as the firm is acquiring Chicago quantum software developer Super.tech Labs Inc., a move that paves the way for a ColdQuanta outpost in the Windy City, and beta launching Hilbert, which the company boasts is the world’s first gate-based cold-atom quantum computers.

May 6, 2022 – ColdQuanta hires GM to oversee quantum components growth -

ColdQuanta Inc., a Boulder-based quantum-technology company, has hired Neil Anderson to serve as general manager of quantum components, “and will be responsible for defining and executing the end-to-end strategy for the company’s portfolio of quantum devices and machines,” according to a company news release. Anderson’s experience includes senior commercial sales and marketing roles at leading optics and photonics companies.

May 4, 2022 – Detecting Methane Gas Leaks and Other Pollutants Using Frequency Combs: A Q&A With Sammie Finalists -
Cars. Cows. Oil and natural gas leaks. The list of what is polluting our atmosphere and contributing to global warming is long and varied. Being able to accurately measure what’s happening is key.NIST is contributing to this critical measurement challenge in many ways. One approach being pursued uses a

Nobel Prize-winning technology called afrequency comb.Three of these scientists,NIST Fellow Nathan Newbury and scientists Ian Coddington and Kevin Cossel,are finalists for the2022 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, known as a “Sammie,” in the science, technology and environment cate

May 3, 2022 – Intelligence Community is Rapidly Delivering Commercial Satellite Imagery to Ukraine, NGA Official Says -

Sandra Auchter, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Denver. Photo: LinkedIn

AURORA,Colo.—Advances in commercial satellite imagery collection and dissemination have enabled the U.S. intelligence community to provide commercial satellite imagery to Ukraine in its war against Russian invaders in just “minutes,” an official with theNational Geospatial Intelligence Agency(NGA) said on Sunday.

May 2-5, 2022 – CPIA joined the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) for Virtual Congressional Visits Week -

It was a great opportunity to advocate for science, and specifically optics and photonics, to your members of Congress and their staff and to let them know what is happening in your region.These virtual meetings will focus on R&D funding, Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus, and other legislation relevant to optics and photonics.NPI staff will arrange your Congressional meetings.Participants will be grouped into teams with other attendees from their state and accompanied by NPI staff or other experienced advocates.

April 2022 – New Infographic Brochure is Now Available! Optics and Photonics: The Impact on a Global Economy -

This complimentary new brochure summarizes the optics and photonics industry in colorful graphics, for presenting to policymakers, investors and anyone seeking to know more about our industry. It illustrates the key vertical markets, the phenomenal growth rate of laser sales over 60 years, production by region, the impact on jobs worldwide and more. Download the brochure.

April 13, 2022 – Research collaboration explores multiple methods for brain imaging -

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Anschutz Medical Campus are exploring several imaging techniques aimed at creating miniature microscopes that are lightweight enough to be worn by freely moving mice as they navigate a maze or socialize with other mice.The complementary projects are part of a longstanding collaboration among four researchers –JulietGopinathandVictorBrightat CU Boulder, andDiegoRestrepoandEmilyGibsonat CU Anschutz

May 4, 2022 – President Biden Announces Two Presidential Directives Advancing Quantum Technologies -

Together, the two directives lay the groundwork for continued American leadership in an enormously promising field while mitigating the risks that quantum computers pose to America’s national and economic security.The United States has long been a global leader in the development of new technologies, like QIS. While QIS itself is not new, recent breakthroughs in QIS have shown the potential to drive innovations across the American economy, from energy to medicine, through advancements in computation, networking and sensing.Breakthroughs in QIS are poised to generate entirely new industries, good-paying jobs, and economic opportunities for all Americans.

April 28, 2022 – ColdQuanta in running for Innovation Award in Quantum Technologies -

One of CU’s top quantum startups has been named as one of the top three exhibitors in Quantum Technologies at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2022 and the new World of QUANTUM for their quantum matter platform, Albert.

April 19, 2022 – Lightwave Logic Announces Publication of U.S. Patent Application for New Hybrid Photonics to Enable Improved Modulator Fabrication in High-Volume Foundry Manufacturing -

Lightwave Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ: LWLG), a technology platform company leveraging its proprietary electro-optic polymers to transmit data at higher speeds with less power, today announced the publication of a U.S. patent application on a new invention that will simplify polymer modulator fabrication when integrated with silicon photonics for high-volume foundry manufacturing applications.

April 19, 2022 – PickNik Robotics partners with Sierra Space to build robots for deep space missions and space habitats – Impact Lab -

PickNik Robotics and Sierra Space have agreed a collaboration which will explore the implementation of robotic autonomy and controllability for autonomous maintenance of space habitat environments.

April 19, 2022 – High-Sensitivity Low-Energy Ion Scattering Spectrometer will be a transformative resource for materials research at CU Boulder -

The HS-LEIS is currently the only device of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region, and only the second in the U.S. It is also unique in that it is complimented by an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system, to which it is physically tethered to perform sequential analysis on samples, as well as its unique complement of electrochemical cells

April 15, 2022 – All eyes on photonics at Colorado’s first industry expo -

BROOMFIELD — From searching for life in other galaxies to detecting minuscule amounts of contaminants in the air, no problem is too large or too small for Colorado’s photonics companies.

The industry, which, thanks in large part to the University of Colorado, has a significant cluster in the Boulder Valley, took center stage Thursday in Broomfield with the first Colorado Photonics Expo and Gala organized by the Colorado Photonics Industry Association.

April 12, 2022 – JILA and Cubit Partner with Key Quantum Companies for an Engaging Panel -

Women in Quantum Panel Video: Watch here!

Panelists from left to right: Ana Maria Rey (JILA and NIST), Judith Olson (ColdQuanta), Johanna Zultak (Maybell Quantum), Star Fassler (Vescent), Sara Campbell (Quantinuum), and moderator Brittany Mazin (ColdQuanta)

Colorado has a reputation for being a quantum ecosystem hotspot and a recent panel discussion further bolstered this image. It was hosted by JILA, a world-leading physics institute created by a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and NIST; and the CUbit Quantum Initiative, a CU Boulder research center. The panel, titled “Women in Quantum: What Does It Take,” brought in individuals from both quantum research and the quantum industry. With panelists from some of the biggest names in the quantum industry, including ColdQuanta, Maybell Quantum, Quantinuum, and Vescent, the discussions about the industry itself were relevant and engaging.

April 6, 2022 – Lockheed Martin Preparing Space-Based Testbed For Joint All Domain Operations -

LITTLETON, Colo.—Lockheed Martin [LMT] later this year plans to launch the first two of three satellites that will form the company’s testbed in space to test and demonstrate advanced communications and data transport to enable joint military missions across…

April 5, 2022 – Amazon Selects ULA, Arianespace, and Blue Origin to Launch More than 3,200 Kuiper Satellites -

 COLORADO SPRINGS – Amazon ramped up its plans for its Kuiper constellation by signing a multi-launch deal on Tuesday with a large swath of the heavy lift launch industry. The company contracted United Launch Alliance (ULA), Arianespace, and Blue Origin to provide a combined 83 launches to send the majority of Amazon’s planned 3,236 Kuiper satellites into space. Speaking at the Space Symposium event in Colorado on Tuesday, Amazon Senior Vice President Dave Limp, who oversees Amazon Devices & Services, said the impetus for moving forward on these launch contracts was actually advancements in antenna technology.

April 2022 – Daisy Raymondson Promoted to KMLabs’ CEO -

Daisy has been with KMLabs for over a decade and brings extensive experience in laser design, as a KM researcher, and then progressive responsibility in factory operations, engineering, quality assurance, and worldwide service. Most recently she served as Vice President of Operations, coordinating teams in production, service, materials management, and quality assurance.Daisy holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from UC Davis and a PhD in Physics from theUniversity of Colorado at Boulder.

March 31, 2021 – Colorado’s Maybell Quantum Exits Stealth; Breakthrough Quantum Hardware to be Made in USA -

Maybell’s Icebox solves several pressing challenges for scaling quantum. Quantum computing is a reinvention of computing. It will perform calculations in seconds that would require billions of years for today’s most powerful supercomputers, with profound implications for everything from logistics and agriculture to medicine and climate change. But achieving reliable quantum computation requires qubits – quantum computers’ fundamental building block – be in a state where they can be finely manipulated and communicated with through minute signals. Maybell’s approach to these challenges has attracted contracts from DARPA, NSIC/DIU, and leading research universities, and is now available to the quantum computing industry.

March 31, 2022 – Is Boulder losing its startup mojo? -

Boulder County historically has been among the top spots in the country when it comes to launching startup companies. From a business standpoint, what’s not to like? Financial-news website 24/7 Wall Street recently ranked the Boulder metropolitan statistical area — encompassing Boulder County — No. 1 nationally in terms of most-educated residents.

March 24, 2022 – Northrop Grumman adds 100 jobs in Boulder, with Ukraine war as backdrop -

BOULDER — Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) celebrated its latest expansion in Boulder Thursday with the war in Ukraine serving as a backdrop and highlighting the company’s role in the nation’s defense.

March 18, 2022 – JILA Labs Awarded Federal Funding -
Founded in 1962, JILA (a partnership between CU Boulder and NIST) is a world leader in quantum sensing research, workforce training, and industry engagement. JILA scientists have helped develop technology that has been implemented in space, while others are looking into using lasers to help with diagnosing respiratory illnesses. Over time, though, age has taken a toll on JILA facilities. 
March 16, 2022 – ColdQuanta Adds Wood, Olivas to Executive Team -

BOULDER — Quantum-computing company ColdQuanta Inc. has added to its executive team. The Boulder-based company named Chris Wood as vice president of photonics technologies and Alex Olivas as vice president of software engineering and operations. Wood previously served in executive roles at Insight Lidar, Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., and Precision Photonics. Olivas served for 17 years as a research associate and faculty specialist at the University of Maryland College Park. 

March 15, 2022 – Ball Buys Broomfield Offices from Canadian Investor -

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. this month purchased an office building in Broomfield’s Interlocken business park for nearly $25.3 million. The building at 12202 Airport Way is about 115,000 square feet and was built in 1999.

March 12, 2022 – LightDeck Makes Innovative Company List! -

LightDeck makes Fast Company’s annual ranking list of businesses that are making an outsize impact. LightDeck will be speaking at the upcoming Colorado Photonics Expo & Gala!

March 1, 2022 – Einstein, Time, and Very Small Things – with CU’s Jun Ye -

Small shifts in time mean big changes for how we understand the world. More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity proposed that the gravity of large objects like Earth distort the flow of time. NIST’s newest clock finds Einstein’s theory works on a millimeter scale, 

February 28, 2022 – Maxar Tops Wall Street Estimates with Strong Earnings in Fourth Quarter -

Maxar Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MAXR), an aerospace equipment manufacturer and satellite operator, blew past Wall Street’s earnings expectations in the fourth quarter of 2021, turning around what was a losing period for the company in 2020.

February 28, 2022 – Space Micro Teams With Denver-based BridgeComm for Space Development Agency Optical Communications Contract  -

 The Space Development Agency (SDA) awarded Space Micro a 24-month development contract for one-to-many optical communications technology to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. Space Micro is working with BridgeComm on the contract. BridgeComm has been working since 2018 on point-to-point optical terminals by developing an one-to-many capability layer for optical wireless communications applications in the form of MOCA technology.

February 28, 2022 – Sierra Space to Add 1000 Jobs -

Sierra Space Corp., the Louisville-based spinoff of Sierra Nevada Corp. that’s building a cutting edge spaceplane and low-orbit space station, is planning to add 1,000 jobs over the coming year, many of which will be based in Colorado.

February 24, 2022 – Ball Finishes Design Review for NASA’s SPHEREx Mission, Will Build Telescope -

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the aerospace arm of Westminster-based metal-packaging manufacturer Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL), has completed its design review for NASA’s Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission, which will produce four complete all-sky maps during its two-year mission to study the nature of physics that drove cosmic inflation in the early universe. Now the company will build the mission’s spacecraft and telescope, which is currently scheduled for launch no earlier than June 2024 and no later than April 2025. 

February 22, 2022 – Aligning Business and Tech—and Teeth, Too -

It takes a wealth of technical knowledge to create a company that uses a novel form of 3D printing to potentially revolutionize a visit to the dentist. But it also takes a wealth of business knowledge to ensure that vision becomes reality, and if Vitro3D becomes the success its co-founders envision, it will be in part because of the growing collaboration between the Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

From left, Rachel Anderson (Law’22), Camila Uzcategui, Johnny Hergert, Jennifer Howard and engineering professor Robert McLeod. All have some connection to Vitro3D, a startup that’s benefiting from Uzcategui and Hergert’s technical expertise, as well as Howard’s business background.

February 22, 2022 – JILA Atomic Clocks Measure Einstein’s General Relativity at Millimeter Scale -

 JILA physicists have measured Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, or more specifically, the effect called time dilation, at the smallest scale ever, showing that two tiny atomic clocks, separated by just a millimeter or the width of a sharp pencil tip, tick at different rates. The experiments, described in the Feb. 17 issue of Nature, suggest how to make atomic clocks 50 times more precise than today’s best designs and offer a route to perhaps revealing how relativity and gravity interact with quantum mechanics, a major quandary in physics. Dr. Jun Ye is using clocks to look for mysterious dark matter, believed to constitute most matter in the universe.

February 22, 2022 – 3D at Depth Receives 8th Patent ‘Systems and Methods for Monitoring Underwater Structures’ From U.S Patent Office -

The patent’s claims focus predominantly on leak detection and identifying changes to surfaces and volumes on and around underwater assets via the company’s patented active optical measurement device.

February 17, 2022 – Finnish Ambassador Visits ColdQuanta -

After signing a memorandum of understanding with Colorado to partner on economic development and technological innovation projects in Denver this week, Finland’s ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala zipped up U.S. 36 on Wednesday for a tour of Boulder’s ColdQuanta Inc. facilities, highlighting the increasingly important role the region plays in the global quantum ecosystem. 

February 16, 2022 – The University of Colorado Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative Today Eelcomed the First Four Strategic Industry Partners: Atom Computing, ColdQuanta, Meadowlark Optics and SPIE  -

CUbit partnership programs, which will expand through new Innovation Partners as well as additional partnership opportunities, enhance the university’s productivity and reputation as a national leader in quantum research and education while further cementing Colorado’s Front Range as a global hub of excellence in quantum.

February 16, 2022 – Supply Chains and Pricing in Optics and Photonics -

As 2022 begins, Optica’s Tom Hausken examines trends for optics and photonics products against the backdrop of the pandemic’s broader disruptions.

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February 16, 2022 – Ball Aerospace Expansion Cruising Through Regulatory Approval Process -

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. won preliminary approval from the Boulder City Council to continue moving forward with plans to expand its east Boulder campus. A site review for the expansion project was approved on first reading Tuesday, with a public hearing and final vote set for March 1.

February 10, 2022 – Google’s Go-To Android Image Quality Expert Pursues New Role With Imatest -

Imatest, a leading global provider of camera image quality analysis software, test equipment and charts, and lab services, today announced the appointment of Jonathan Phillips as their Vice President of Imaging Science. Under Phillips’ technical leadership, the company will be expanding its software features, equipment portfolio, and consulting services across imaging market segments. As the previous leader of image quality in Google’s Android organization, Phillips focused on the launch and establishment of Google’s Pixel phone line, particularly its camera and display image quality and features.

February 9, 2022 – Vescent, ColdQuanta, to develop a portable atomic clock for Office of Naval Research -

ColdQuanta will serve as a subcontractor to Golden-based Vescent Photonics LLC, which secured the $15.6 million contract from the Office of Naval Research. ColdQuanta will provide the physics package for the Compact Rubidium Optical Clock program, with development inputs from the Atomic Devices and Instrumentation group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The program began in November 2021 and will continue for three phases through 2026.

February 7, 2022 – NUBURU Accelerates Expansion with Funding Round, COO Hire -

Blue laser developer and manufacturer NUBURU has completed a funding round, announcing it has raised growth capital at a valuation of approximately $350 million. The company additionally named Brian Faircloth COO, after promoting Andrew Dodd to the position of vice president of global sales last week and naming Ron Nicol executive chairman last month. NUBURU’s blue laser technology supports welding and metal 3D printing of copper, aluminum, and other reflective metals.

February 7, 2022 – Rocket Lab to Open New Space Systems Complex in Colorado -

 Rocket Lab’s ASI facilities in Colorado. Photo: Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is opening a new space systems complex in Littleton, Colorado, with two mission operations centers, the company announced Feb. 2. The new facility will expand Rocket Lab’s presence in Colorado, which it established with the acquisition of mission software company Advanced Solutions, Inc. (ASI) in October 2021.

The company wants to double its Colorado headcount to more than 120 people by early next year.

February 2, 2022 – ASTRA to Rebrand as Orion Space Solutions -

Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC, or ASTRA, is rebranding and will now do business as Orion Space Solutions LLC.

The company develops solutions to complex space physics challenges involving miniaturized sensors, modeling capabilities and data analytics.

“Our new identity – Orion Space Solutions LLC – continues to emphasize our space domain expertise and history of imagining, implementing, and actualizing all aspects of our customers’ space mission requirements,” Orion CEO Geoff Crowley said in a prepared statement. “Moreover, it supports our ongoing growth, allowing the company to be even better.”

January 18, 2022 – What Are We Really Witnessing in the New Space Economy? -

We hear so much about the New Space economy in the news lately, especially with eye-catching headlines that include celebrities taking day trips to space. But what is the New Space economy, and why should we pay attention to it? Although there are probably many ways to describe or define the current state of the industry, comparing it to what it used to be might be most helpful.

January 17, 2022 – Misty Robotics is Acquired by Leading Social Robotics Company Furhat Robotics -

Misty Robotics today announces that the company is acquired by Furhat Robotics, the Swedish company behind the world’s most advanced social robot, ‘Furhat’. Furhat Robotics will continue to support the Misty Robotics brand and all of Misty’s customers, and empower future Misty robots through the strength of their technology. For Misty’s existing customers, nothing will change apart from the exciting addition of an extended community and more knowledge and research available.

January, 10 2022 – OEDIT is Accepting Applications to Attend Hannover Messe -

Application deadline 11:30 pm on February 11, 2022 apply to attend Hannover Messe 2022

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is accepting applications from Colorado advanced manufacturing companies to attend Hannover Messe, the most important international trade show for industrial manufacturing. Hannover Messe will take place from April 25 – 29, 2022 in Hannover, Germany. OEDIT will cover the cost for eight companies to be a part of the Colorado booth through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Companies that participate will also receive a $3,500 travel stipend. The STEP Grant helps small businesses expand internationally by funding international business development activities. The purpose of this grant is to offset the cost of expanding internationally for small businesses

January, 10 2022 – NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs Phase I (SBIR/STTR Phase I) -

Announcing NSF SBIR/STTR Programs Phase I for the development of deep technologies, based on discoveries in fundamental science and engineering

January 3, 2022 – Ball Aerospace-Built Optics and Mirror System Launched Today Aboard James Webb Space Telescope -

On Christmas day, the world’s largest and most powerful space science telescope was successfully launched, powered by a solar array. With the Ball Aerospace designed and built the advanced optical technology and lightweight mirror system on board, the James Webb Space Telescope will explore cosmic history both within our solar system and beyond to distant galaxies in the early universe. 

January 3, 2022 – New OPTICA Editor Shuo Sim from CU Boulder -

We are happy to announce that the following individuals were recently appointed as new editors: JOSA B—Shuo Sun, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA 

Journal of the Optical Society of America B emphasizes scientific research on the fundamentals of the interaction of light with matter such as quantum optics, nonlinear optics, and laser physics.

January 3, 2022 – Optics and Photonics Researcher Honored with Outstanding Postdoc Award -

Omkar Supekar, a postdoctoral associate in Professor Juliet Gopinath’s Optics and Photonics Research Group, has been recognized with an Outstanding Postdoc Award by the CU Boulder Research and Innovation Office.

In the Gopinath group, Supekar is working on fiber-coupled microscopy for 3D imaging of tissues in alive and freely behaving animals, and on developing a laser system for high resolution stimulated Raman microscopy for real time scaling detection in reverse osmosis systems.

December, 13 2021 – Colorado Coalition Named a Finalist in U.S. EDA Challenge -

Innosphere Ventures led a coalition that included CSU, CU Boulder, Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Metro Denver EDC, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, and CBSA to secure funding through the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The Colorado Coalition was awarded $500,000 and will advance to the next round to compete for $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding. The Colorado Coalition envisions driving innovation at scale in the state’s R&D-focused science and technology industries.

December, 9 2021 – Vescent Awarded Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Develop Portable Atomic Clocks -

Vescent awarded BAA optical clock development contract by the Office of Naval Research • 5-year, $16.2M award • Deliverables include field deployable units • New clock to be more stable, lower SWAP, and higher TRL than previously available in field-deployable clocks. Vescent Photonics, LLC has signed a $16.2M development program contract with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in response to an ONR Broad Area Announcement (BAA). Under the three-phase, five-year Compact Rubidium Optical Clock (CROC) program, Vescent will design, build, and deliver a new generation of atomic clocks with improved performance that are ready for field deployment at a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL). “

November 18, 2021 – $6.3 million Advanced Industries Awards Accelerate 27 Colorado Startups and Researchers -

DENVER –The Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Program announced today that 22 Colorado companies and five researchers were approved to receive Proof of Concept and Early Stage Capital and Retention grants for a total of $6,350,918 million in funding. Early Stage Capital and Retention Grant Recipients of $250K or more, in photonics include: 6-D Laser, LLC –Boulder, FieldLine Inc. –Boulder, Fluorofinder, LLC –Broomfield, Maybell Quantum Industries –Denver, Resilient Entanglement LLC –Denver, and Xairos Systems, Inc. -Lone Tree

November 10, 2021 – 3D at Depth Announced the Release of Subsea LiDAR (SL4) and Pan & Tilt Technology -

The SL4 is 3D at Depth’s next-generation step change in the future of the company’s sensor platforms with compact onboard electronics designed in-house. The ultra-high-speed compact electronics enable more onboard processing and averaging resulting in single or multipoint LiDAR pulsed returns which lower the range measurement to less than 1mm or even lower depending on the operational environment with much faster scanning speeds.

November 8, 2021 – Quantum State -

CU Boulder innovators, JILA physicists, and university startup ColdQuanta are featured in a new film from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT)explaining the importance of quantum research to the public—and promoting Colorado’s extensive quantum ecosystem.

November 4, 2021 – Colorado Companies to Watch 2021 -

We’re so honored to be listed in theColorado Companies to Watchfor 2021! This award is a tribute to our exceptional team! As a biotechinnovation fromUniversity of Colorado Boulderwe continue to grow with the newest launch of our SPINDLE² 3D imaging product.FromColoradoBiz Magazineby Scott Nies:“Emerging from the incubator that is CU Boulder, DoubleHelix Optics has taken the world by storm in the nano-scale 3D imaging and sensing sector. Its SPINDLE nano imaging module is an affordable, easy to use accessory that can bolster a microscope’s ability to produce super-resolution imaging and tracking. That is what first set Double Helix apart from its competitors.

October 30, 2021 – Luminate – We’re Looking for Cohort 5 -

If you’re part of a team that’s working on an emerging technology, you could be on stage next year!Applicationsareopenfor cohort 5. Apply by January 10, 2022. Not sure if you should apply? Join us for a free info session to learn more about the Luminate accelerator, what it’s like to participate, and the application process.

October 28, 2021 – NIST’s Callie Higgins Wins Service to America Medal -

Callie I. Higgins, a materials research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has won the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Emerging Leaders category. Higgins is one of seven medal winners of 29 finalists selected from more than 350 nominations for the “Oscars of public service.” Medalists are chosen based on their leadership and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on the health, safety and prosperity of the country.

October 19, 2021 – Ball Aerospace Opens New Facility in Colorado, Continues Expansion of Another -

Broomfield, Colorado – Ball Aerospace recently completed and officially opened its state-of-the-art Payload Development Facility (PDF) in Broomfield, Colo. and is in the process of expanding its Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) in neighboring Westminster, Colo., scheduled for completion this fall.

October 1, 2021 – Optica’s Tom Hausken Sizes Up Optics & Photonics -

Optica estimates that the market will reach about US$550 billion this year, after a slight gain in 2020. That may seem large, but optics and photonics contributes to far larger downstream value. Three segments alone—microlithography, optical communications and displays—enable, in some way, nearly the entire global economic output of US$100 trillion

September 30, 2021 – ColdQuanta scientist named Next Generation Leader -

Judith Olson, a senior physicist at quantum computing company ColdQuanta Inc., was named Next Generation Leader of the Year by the Women in IT Awards held in New York Sept. 21.

September 27, 2021 – Ball Aerospace Instrument Launched to Earth Observation Orbit -

BROOMFIELD — An Earth observation instrument built by Ball Aerospace successfully launched Monday aboard Landsat 9, the latest joint mission between NASA and the United States Geological Society. The instruments aboard Landsat 9 will measure 11 wavelengths of light reflected or radiated off Earth’s surface in the visible spectrum, as well as other wavelengths beyond what our eyes can detect.     

September 14, 2021 – Particle Measuring Systems (PMS) Announces the New PRO Series -

The PRO Series from PMS is a complete collection of contamination monitoring tools developed from a decades-long commitment to supporting pharmaceutical manufacturers. Together, these products provide total and up to date assurance to manufacturers that they are producing the highest quality lifesaving and life changing products for their customers.

August 30, 2021 – Ball Aerospace Selected For Two Landsat Next Studies -

The two studies are Landsat Next Instrument Study – Constellation Satellite Concept and Landsat Next Instrument – Single Satellite Concept.  As part of the two studies, Ball will examine instrument architectures that extend Ball’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Reduced Envelope Multispectral Imager (REMI) instrument designs to address new spectral bands, improved spatial resolution and new orbit parameters. 

August 12, 2021 – Don’t Forget! The AI Accelerator Grant Applications are Due 9/1/2021 -

This grant has been awarded to CPIA Members Longpath Technologies, 3D at Depth, and Momentum Optics as well as other photonics companies such as CaliberMRI, GeoVisual Analytics and Kelvin Thermal. Projects can receive up to $250,000. The Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries.

OSA Rebrands to Optica -

OSA has an exciting new name and look. In 2017, the Board of Directors launched a multi-faceted examination of our name and its alignment with the organization as a whole. At the conclusion of much study, Optica, advancing optics and photonics worldwide, emerged as the best representation of the society.

August 1, 2021 NIST’s Quantum Crystal Could Be a New Dark Matter Sensor -

NIST physicists John Bollinger (left) and Matt Affolter adjust the laser and optics array used to trap and probe beryllium ions in the large magnetic chamber (white pillar at left). The ion crystal may help detect mysterious dark matter. Crossed laser beams were used to entangle the collective spin with the motion. The same lasers and microwaves were used to undo the entanglement. The experiment benefited from a collaboration with NIST theorist Ana Maria Rey, who works at JILA.

July 17, 2021 Keck Foundation Grant Award to JILA and Mines Physicists -

Two physicists at the CU Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines have received a $1M grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop a first-of-its-kind quantum simulator that could lead to the development of a high-performance quantum computer. One of these physicists, Shuo Sun, assistant professor of physics and an associate fellow at JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder, proposes to build a quantum simulator that’s good at both aspects—the first of its kind.

July 7, 2021 ColdQuanta Reaches Milestone in Scaling ‘Cold Atom’ Processor -

After successfully trapping and addressing 100 qubits in a large, dense 2D cold atom array, ColdQuanta’s digital gate-based quantum computer is on track to massively scale qubit count beyond what is possible with other approaches. On track to be available later this year, the digital gate-based quantum computer (code named “Hilbert”) will be among the most powerful in the world using pristine qubits that have the stability of atomic clocks to massively scale qubit count beyond what is possible with other quantum computing approaches.

July 1, 2021 – Momentum Optics Selected as Luminate Cohort -

Momentum Optics selected by Luminate, the world’s top accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging startups, for their fourth Cohort. CPIA member DoubleHelix was in an earlier Luminate Cohort. Also news for Momentum Optics, they’ve been awarded a NASA SBIR Phase I grant for the technical merit and commercial potential of their innovative optical manufacturing technology. Momentum Optics also opened a new R&D lab in Fort Collins, CO in June of this year.

June 30,2021 – NIST Laser ‘Comb’ Systems Now Measure All Primary Greenhouse Gases in the Air -

These NIST instruments identify gas signatures by precisely measuring the amounts of light absorbed at each color in the broad laser spectrum as specially prepared beams trace a path through the air. Current applications include detecting leaks from oil and gas installations as well as measuring emissions from livestock. The comb systems can measure a larger number of gases than conventional sensors that sample air at specific locations can.

June 29, 2021 Raytheon Intelligence & Space Gifts CU Aerospace $250,000 -

Raytheon Intelligence & Space announced the creation of the Raytheon Technologies Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund. The $250,000 endowment will support top graduate students at the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. RI&S’ Space & C2 Systems product line is headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, and is currently hiring for 155 positions in the state.

June 21, 2021 CU’s Bowen Li 2021 Recipient of OSA’s Bernard J. Couillaud Prize -

The OSA Foundation and Coherent, Inc., are pleased to announce Bowen Li, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, as the 2021 Bernard J. Couillaud Prize winner. Li’s winning proposal focuses on the first counter-propagating all-normal dispersion (CANDi) fiber laser, a next-generation dual-comb laser source that generates two frequency combs with unprecedented pulse energies from a single fiber laser cavity.

May 22, 2021 – Epilog Laser Opens New Distribution Facility in Golden -

Epilog Laser, the leading producer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving, cutting, and marking systems, is excited open a new distribution facility near its three existing buildings in Golden. The additional facility is the latest of several exciting developments at Epilog over the last several months, including the release of the well-received Fusion Edge Laser Series, which launched in November 2020.

May 21, 2021 – Ball Aerospace Ships Pollution Monitoring Instrument -

Ball Aerospace shipped NASA’s Tropospheric Emission: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer, an air quality monitoring instrument, to the spacecraft manufacturer for integration. The imaging spectrometer, which senses ultraviolet and visible light, will make precise measurements of the key constituents of air pollution that have the greatest impact on human health and agriculture productivity. The TEMPO mission is scheduled to launch in 2022.

May 15, 2021 – Using Images of Noise to Estimate Image Processing Behavior for Image Quality Evaluation -

At the 2021 Electronic Imaging Conference, Norman Koren presented a paper that introduced the concept of the noise image, based on the understanding that since noise varies over the image surface, noise itself forms an image, and hence can be measured anywhere, no just in flat patches.

Mar 31, 2021 – New Board Chair and CFO Win $2.55M in Military Contracts -

Zayo co-founder, Dan Caruso, becomes board chairman, interim CEO of ColdQuanta. Rushton McGarr, was most recently the interim CFO of natural-foods holding company 1908 Brands, was hired to be CFO. This is part of ColdQuanta’s broader effort to commercialize its cold-laser technology for quantum computing applications. They are having success having just won two federal government contracts to apply cold-atom technology in military applications, with combined contracts worth about $2.55 million.

Mar 31, 2021 – NIST ‘Agricomb’ Measures Multiple Gas Emissions From…Cows -

NIST researchers in Boulder have unveiled the “agricomb” to measure, ahem, cow burps. Described in the journal Science Advances March 2021 issue, the NIST apparatus — a two-comb system — identifies trace gases based on the exact shades and amounts of infrared light absorbed by the atmosphere when the comb light is sent back and forth across open-air paths.

Mar 23, 2021 – Optical Sensing using Structured Light and Machine Learning -

Researchers in Associate Professor Greg Rieker’s lab at CU Boulder extend the capabilities of this technique by reshaping the intensity profile of the optical probe beam and by developing a machine learning-based signal processing scheme to analyze the expected signals which can be more complicated than those from LDV. The light scattered by a particle passing through a probe beam caries with it a history of the particle’s trajectory through the beam. When the beam is patterned, the scattered light signal is matched with the properties which gave rise to the motion via a machine learning model.

Mar 22, 2021 – CPIA Member Creates Products for Craft Brewers -

Lever Photonics is creating products for quality control and process monitoring in the food & beverages industry. Their first product focuses on craft brewers, helping them monitor beer quality, not only from the chemical standpoint but also based on how the final product should taste and smell like. Lever Photonics has a new hardware prototype and expects to release their software prototype by June 2021.

Mar 09, 2021 – Ball Completes Design Review on Space-Telescope Instrumentation -

The Wide Field Instrument is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Ball’s primary responsibility is the opto-mechanical assembly, which includes the optical bench, thermal control system, precision mechanisms, optics, electronics, and the relative calibration system that provide the stable structural and thermal environment necessary for wide-field, high-quality, infrared observations.

Feb 23, 2021 – LongPath Technologies, Inc. Awarded $5M -

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s award will support the commercial scaling of LongPath’s innovative approach to continuous emissions monitoring and mitigation from the oil and gas sector, including the launch of Basin-SCAN.