May 1, 2020 – Meadowlark Optics acquires ICE CubeTM product line from Moxtek – Meadowlark is now the exclusive world-wide manufacturer of ICE Cube Wiregrid Polarizing Beam Splitter Cubes. The ICE Cube polarizer performance exceeds that for the commonly used thin film MacNeille cubes in both acceptable wavelength range and angle of incidence range while providing more than twice the contrast ratio in the transmitted beam for most wavelengths.
April 21, 2020 – AMERGINT to Acquire Raytheon Technologies’ Space-Based Optics Business – The Raytheon optics business designs and manufactures optics for reconnaissance satellites for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and international customers. AMERGINT, which is based in Colorado, provides software-defined technology for military, intelligence and commercial customers that manage the capture, processing, transport and exploitation of mission data for communication and data links.
April 21, 2020 – COVID-19 Drives Innovation in the Photonics Industry – Many photonics companies are considered essential businesses because of the industries they serve, mainly food and agriculture, healthcare and medical diagnostics and research. What we know for sure is that there are great opportunities for photonics technologies to help in solving one of the world’s greatest health and economic challenges of all times.
April 20, 2020 – Black Swift Awarded Contract to Develop Tactical Weather Drone – Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, announced today it has been awarded a USAF SBIR Phase II contract to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to autonomously conduct atmospheric profiling supporting more accurate cargo drops and improved localized weather forecasts supporting Air Force, Army and Special Operations Forces (SOF) operations.
April 19th, 2020 – Nine Future Predictions for Post-Corona – As the ripple of COVID-19 careens around the globe, it’s forcing humankind to innovate and change the way we work and live. The upside of where we find ourselves right now is that individuals and corporations will be more resilient in a post-COVID-19 world.
April 15, 2020 – Colorado Angel Funding Strong Despite Downturn – Despite disruption and uncertainty in the public markets, investors at Rockies Venture Club (RVC) continue to make seed stage investments to support a thriving startup community in Colorado
April 13, 2020 – General Atomics Opens New Colorado Facility – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has opened a new spacecraft development, integration and test factory outside of Denver, the company announced April 9. The new, 33,000-square- foot facility in Centennial, Colorado, triples the company’s capacity for satellite production, integration, and testing for single to constellation-sized orders
April 7, 2020 – ColdQuanta Awarded Contract of up to $7.4M from DARPA – Boulder-based ColdQuanta,has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a scalable, cold-atom-based quantum computing hardware and software platform that can demonstrate quantum advantage on real-world problems. The DARPA award is aimed at developing quantum systems that can scale to hundreds or thousands of qubits with high performance and reliability.
March 20, 2020 – 19 Startling Covid Trends and 19 Golden Covid Opportunities Emerging from the Chaos – We’re entering unprecedented times, and yes, the coronavirus will go down in the history books as the most expensive crisis in all history…. so far! Perhaps WWI and WWII were more expensive, but we’re not done yet! Read more
March 17, 2020 – Photonics Market Begins to Feel Impacts of COVID-19 – With COVID-19 now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and states of emergency declared around the globe, the photonics market is starting to feel the impacts of the virus — global supply chains are beginning to slow. The impact on the economy is varied but ultimately quite disruptive. Read more
March 9, 2020 – Tech-X, a CPIA Member, Announces the Release of RSim2.0
RSim 2.0 is a user-friendly radiation modeling toolRSim is a cross-platform application for setting up and running Monte Carlo simulations of radiation transport. Users can visualize all of the elements of the setup (geometries and sources), as well as the simulation results. Read more
March 5, 2020 – CU Boulder’s Layered Solar Cell Technology Boosts Efficiancy, Affordability – The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date, by layering cells and using a unique combination of elements. Read more
February 21, 2020 – Ball Aerospace launches pollution monitoring equipment. Air pollution over the Korean peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region will soon be monitored for the first time from space using a new piece of equipment, a geostationary environment monitoring spectrometer, manufactured by CPIA member Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and launched into orbit Tuesday. Read more
February 20, 2020 – MBio tapped for work on detection of radiation, anthrax. The ability to detect both radiation exposure and anthrax infections could be enhanced through work being undertaken by a Boulder clinical diagnostics and testing company, MBio Diagnostics, which has landed contracts with important implications for homeland security. Read more
February 19, 2020 – Researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and Northern Illinois University are reporting on a potential breakthrough in the development of hybrid perovskite solar cells. Considered rising stars in the field of solar energy, perovskite solar cells convert light into electricity. They’re potentially cheaper and simpler to produce than traditional silicon-based solar cells. Read more
January 27, 2020 – JILA Fellows Win the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Physics. The Franklin Institute announced that Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane would receive this year’s medal in physics for their pioneering work in X-ray lasers, devices that shoot out incredibly fast pulses of X-ray radiation. Read more
January 14, 2020 – Teeny Weeny Robo-Tractors and Chinese Airborne Laser-Weapons, Oh My! Local Thomas Frey, whose newsletter often highlights interesting new technology, writes about teeny weeny robo-tractors and airborne laser-weapons.
December 25, 2019 – Researchers, Including CU Boulder, Transform IR Wavelengths into Visible Light. Researchers have designed a new chip-integrated light source that can transform infrared wavelengths into visible wavelengths, which have been difficult to produce with technology based on silicon chips. This approach will enable highly miniaturized photonic instrumentation that is easy to manufacture and rugged enough to use outside the lab. Researchers are from NIST, the University of Maryland, and the University of Colorado. Read more
December 17, 2019 – Application for Internship Funding Available January 1, 2020. If you are an employer in an innovative industry (optics and photonics qualifies!), the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will help with your internship costs. They’ll fund up to $5,000 per intern for an intern with a minimum of 130 on-the-job training hours completed in 6 months. Read more
December 13, 2019 – 2019 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report Released by Colorado Workforce Development Council in collaboration with partners. The Report analyzes issues related to the supply and demand of talent in Colorado and recommends strategies to support economic prosperity. Please visit the CWDC website to download the full report or overview.
December 12, 2019 – Two photonics-related companies, LongPath and New Iridium, were among the companies that won up to $250K each in grants from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)’s Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Program. LongPath Technologies utilizes a frequency comb laser technology to help oil and gas companies detect leaks. New Iridium accelerates pharma drug development with light-driven photocatalysis. Read more
November 26, 2019 — The Edmumd Optics Gold Award of $10,000 in EO products was awarded to Emily Bedell at the University of Colorado Boulder for her design of an in situ fluorimeter for the real-time detection of microbial risk levels in drinking water sources in low-income areas. The award is given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs at nonprofit colleges and universities worldwide. Read more
November 20, 2019 – NIST’s Light-Sensing Camera May Help Detect Extraterrestrial Life, Dark Matter. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made one of the highest-cameras ever composed of sensors that count single photons, or particles of light. Read more
November 14, 2019 – Couple donates $1M for tech, scholarships at FRCC Center for Integrated Manufacturing The donation by Suzanne and David Hoover is the largest single gift given to Front Range and will be spread over the next five years, the community college announced Thursday. Read more
October 29, 2019 – Congrats to JILA and KMLabs for receiving a R&D 100 Award, in the analytical/testing category, for their QM Quantum Microscope – the next generation in microscopy and analysis. Read more
October 28, 2019 – Thorlabs and KMLabs, of Boulder, CO, announced today that Thorlabs has acquired the KMLabs’ Y-Fi™ portfolio, a family of high average power, high repetition rate NIR/MIR ultrafast fiber lasers, OPAs, and NOPAs. Based on a patented fiber amplification technique, KMLabs’ ytterbium fiber lasers provide industry-leading short pulse durations at the microjoule level. The various models in the Y-Fi laser series are employed in a multitude of demanding ultrafast applications, including 2- and 3-photon imaging, ophthalmology, and time resolved studies in the NIR and MIR. This will allow KMLabs to focus on their new RAEA amplifier system, the unique VUV laser, and a significantly updated XUUS coherent EUV system. Read more
October 22, 2019 – MBio Diagnostics and ColdQuanta win Photonics Company and Photonics Innovator of the Year Awards, Presented at the CPIA Annual Meeting held on the University of Colorado, Boulder, campus. Chris Myatt, PhD, the founder and CEO of MBio Diagnostics, accepted the award for Photonics Company of the Year. Dana Anderson, PhD, the CEO of ColdQuanta, accepted the award for Photonics Innovator of the year. Read more
October 17, 2019 – Blue Canyon (BCT) of Boulder, CO secures $4.9M NASA grant. In the news again, BCT, a Boulder-based small-satellite developer, has secured a contract from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate to develop technology that allows Blue Canyon Technology’s spacecraft to perform autonomous navigation onboard without additional hardware. The award came as part of more than $40 million in contracts that NASA awarded to 14 companies as part of its “Tipping Point” solicitation that support the agency’s Moon to Marks exploration. Read More
October 15, 2019 – QuSpin Featured in the October Optics & Photonics Magazine. In an article on Pursuing an Entrepreneurial Vision, Vishal Shah founder of QuSpin, in Louisville, CO, discusses the founding of a company that develops hyper-precise atomic sensors for scientific, biomedical and defense applications. More on QuSpin
October 15, 2019 – NASA Awards $1M to ColdQuanta to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of Quantum Atomic Systems. The program will enable ColdQuanta to develop significantly smaller cold atom systems with a high level of ruggedness. Read More
October 11, 2019 – Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) Supports MIT CubeSat Mission. BCT, of Boulder, CO, will design, manufacture, and operate a 6U CubeSat the mission, which aims to demonstrate the potential low-altitude performance of CubeSats. Funded by the U.S. Air Force, launch is planned for late 2021. This first-of-its-kind mission aims to demonstrate that a CubeSat can reliably operate in very low earth orbit. Read More
October 1, 2019 – Ball Aerospace has been honored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) with the 2020 Award for Outstanding Services by a Corporation “for designing and building proven advanced remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft enabling timely, accurate weather predictions and environmental monitoring to ensure a Weather Ready Nation.” Read More
September 25, 2019 – Univ of Colorado Researchers Part of Report on a New Way to Produce Curvy Electronics. They are developing a new manufacturing method, known as conformal additive stamp printing, to produce the lenses, solar cells and other three-dimensional curvy electronics. Read More
September 12, 2019 – Ball Aerospace has shipped the large camera lens assembly to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, which will be incorporated into the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a ground telescope that will sit on top of Cerro Pachón ridge, an 8,800-foot mountain in Chile. Read More
September 12, 2019 – Boulder workshop focuses on future of space commerce. The future of space commerce was examined from a constellation of angles Thursday in a daylong workshop devoted to that topic at the U.S. Department of Commerce campus in Boulder. Part of a panel was our very own Tanya Ramond, from BridgeComm, a member of the CPIA Board of Directors. She is pictured on the far left in this photo from the Boulder Daily Camera. Read more
September 11, 2019 – What Can You Do with an Optics Technology Certificate? The Front Range Community College classes delve into topics such as light and lasers, lab operations, electronic instrumentation, manufacturing technology, precision options, photonics and more. FRCC’s Optics Technology certificate teaches students about optical engineering drawings/prints, lean manufacturing, statistical process control, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing for optics. Read more
September 11, 2019 – Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute lands DOD contract. Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute has landed a $2.6 million contract from the Department of Defense, to prototype a system that will process, exploit and disseminate data from satellites for tactical use by military units. Read more
September 4, 2019 – Colorado State University Anthropology Prof. Chris Fisher is working to finish LiDAR scanning the entire Earth to create a detailed 3-D planetary snapshot of the world as it is now. The images would show ancient cities along with current forests, shorelines, glaciers, developments and all other topographical features that are being altered quickly with climate change and with human developments such as deforestation and urban sprawl. Read more
August 28, 2019- Maxar Technologies, of Westminster, CO, has been awarded a $44-million, four-year contract from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to provide on-demand access to satellite imagery. Read more
August 1, 2019- MBio Diagnostics, Inc., today announced two new contracts for sepsis test development To find out more about MBio, attend the CPIA Quarterly Meeting on August 15. For more information go to www.colorodaphotonics.org/upcoming-events. Read more
August 1, 2019- Ribbon Cutting for FRCC Optics Tech Program, part of Center for Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Attendees toured the brand-new 27,000 square-foot CIM facility including a classroom and machine area for optics. All FRCC needs now is more optics students to register for classes beginning August 19! Read more
July 22, 2019- BridgeComm in Denver announces name change BridgeSat, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, is pleased to announce its official corporate name change to BridgeComm, Inc. Read more
July 22– Ball Aerospace part of NASA air pollution sensor TEMPO will make hourly measurements of atmospheric gases – including ozone, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde as well as aerosols – across North America, from a geostationary vantage point 35,786 km (22,236 miles) above Earth’s equator. Read more
July 18, 2019- Sporian to receive $100K from EPA Lafayette-based company Sporian Microsystems, Inc. will receive $100,000 from the EPA to develop new imaging technology that can identify harmful materials in construction and demolition waste material. Read more
July 9, 2019- Teens get insider’s view of aviation, science at Boulder airport CU Boulder’s Science Discovery program partnered with Scientific Aviation to introduce a group of high schoolers to aviation science and engineering (with a heavy dose of optics and photonics technology). Read more
July 4, 2019- Three NASA projects have Boulder ties Artemis is the name given by NASA to the initiative for the U.S. achieve a manned landing on the moon by 2024 and a sustainable human presence there by 2028. The three payloads with Boulder connections that were selected involve scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, Ball Aerospace and Southwest Research Institute. Read more
June 12, 2019- Light-Powered Nano-Microbial ‘Factories’ Could Help Reduce Carbon Using light-activated quantum dots to activate specific enzymes within microbial cells, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder created nanobio-hybrid organisms that can consume harmful gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert them into biodegradable plastic, gasoline, ammonia, and biodiesel. According to the researchers, the technique could improve CO2 capture and one day potentially replace carbon-intensive manufacturing for plastics and fuels. See full article.
April 11, 2019- NIST Optical Clock Passes a Crucial Accuracy Test. Any redefinition of a fundamental unit of measurement must be based on the most accurate standard possible. After eight months of experimental runs on a ytterbium lattice optical clock, scientists at a U.S. laboratory have made the most accurate measurement ever reported of the oscillations within the clock. Read more
April 2, 2019- Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute has been awarded the largest Hubble Space Telescope solar system program ever by NASA, with 206 of Hubble’s orbits around Earth to be devoted to the project. See full article. CPIA’s May 15 Quarterly Meeting is being held at SwRI. To learn more and register, go to register.
Feb 28, 2019– Photonics Spectra Article highlights Part Colorado Pair Played. Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane were among the earliest to realize the potential for Ti:sapphire. In 1994, not long after Sibbett developed the self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, Kapteyn and Murnane founded the company KMLabs to meet the demand for their femtosecond laser design. KMLabs now focuses on building ultrashort-pulse lasers for high-harmonic generation that are essentially tabletop x-ray and extreme-UV laser sources capable of delivering attosecond pulses. Read more.
February 26, 2019- Denver-based BridgeSat forms new partnership to build laser-based broadband network across Middle East. Read more
February 21, 2019 – Boulder NIST’s “astrocomb” to help Texas telescope find more exoplanets. Read more
February 7, 2019- CPIA Member Double Helix Optics honored in the Diagnostics and Therapeutics category the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.Read more
The SPINDLE nanoimaging system enables superresolution 3D imaging with unparalleled depth and axial precision. SPINDLE’s extended depth imaging allows for the study of cellular structures down to the single molecule level in 3D. The technology, which can be installed on microscopes, captures high-precision, superresolution, 3D images across a large depth of field. This enables collection of significantly more data in a single shot (up to 20)
January 30, 2019 – ColdQuanta Sponsors Research at University of Wisconsin to Accelerate Neutral Atom Quantum Computer Commercialization. Executive Chairman Tim Day to Present at Photonics West Marketplace Seminar. Read more
January 12, 2019– Front Range to Build $8M Manufacturing Lab with Optics Technology Component. See CBS coverage of ‘wall breaking’ for new center including your very own CPIA Coordinator swinging a sledgehammer. Read more
January 5, 2019- Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Grants through March 1, 2019. Read more
December 11, 2018- Technology Review: Laser Focus World’s top 20 photonics technology picks for 2018 include three Colorado-based innovations from NIST, CSU and Nuburu. Read more
December 5, 2018- Prism Award Finalists Announced, Double Helix finalist in Diagnostics & Therapeutics category. Read more
December 10, 2018 – The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today named two members of the CU Boulder research community to its class of fellows for 2018 including John “Jan” Hall, a fellow and senior research associate at JILA. He is renowned for his work to develop and apply innovative laser techniques to the study of fundamental physical constants and theories, and to advance measurement science. Read More
November 27, 2018- New Device Widens Light Beams, Broadening Possibilities In Science And Technology. Working with a team led by John Kitching of NIST in Boulder, Colorado, scientists have now developed a highly efficient converter that enlarges the diameter of a light beam by 400 times. Read More
November 16, 2018– Newest CPIA member, 3D at Depth, receives grant. A Colorado company providing underwater liDAR technology and services to the subsea oil-and-gas market was among 24 Colorado startups approved for funding as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. Read More.
October 26, 2018- FRCC in Longmont, area businesses team up to create optics tech program, which will begin next semester on Jan. 22. Read More.
October 12, 2018 – CU Boulder awarded $57.4 million contract with NASA. CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics will build an instrument in partnership with Langley on its the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder mission that will measure sunlight reflected from the Earth and will calibrate satellite sensors that monitor the Earth system. Read More.
September 27, 2018- NIST electro-optic laser pulses 100 times faster than usual ultrafast. Read More.
September 23, 2018– Free webinars from Photonics Media coming up including Imaging Applications in Quantum Research and Green Light on Lidar. Have you thought about submitting a topic? Read more.
September 12, 2018- Nite Ize moves operations from Boulder to Longmont
Nite Ize Inc., a Boulder-headquartered manufacturer that makes products from flashlights to cellphone accessories, has taken over a 160,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, according to a company news release. The property at 6303 West Dry Creek Parkway will serve as Night Ize’s global distribution hub, the release said. The company’s headquarters will remain at its Central Avenue location in east Boulder. Read more.
September 5, 2018– Fort Collins-based Advanced Energy Industries Inc., a provider of power and control technologies, has purchased LumaSense Technologies Holdings Inc., based in Santa Clara, Calif. The acquisition adds a line of photonic-based measurement and monitoring solutions that are synergistic with AE’s power control technologies in both semiconductor and industrial markets. Read More.
September 4, 2018- A Q&A with New SPIE CEO Dr. Kent Rochford. Read More.
August 29, 2018- Apple buys Longmont-based Akonia Holographics
(Reuters) Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions to make a wearable device that would superimpose digital information on the real world. Read More.
August 29, 2018- CSU Researchers Awarded $1M Grant from Keck for Nanoscale
The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded Colorado State University (CSU) a
three-year $1 million grant to make and measure nanoscale spin waves in the
quest to revolutionize nanoscale electronics as a means to transmit signals. Read More.
August 27, 2018- Global drone-enabled services revenue will increase from $337.6 million in 2017 to $22.7 billion annually by 2026, according to a new report from Boulder-bases market intelligence firm Tractica. Read More.
Aug 22, 2018- Laser Technology Inc., located in Centennial, announces new and improved TruPulse 360 laser featuring LTI’s TruVector 360
August 2018- Double-Helix Point Spread Function Delivers Precise Extended-Depth Microscopy. Read More.
August 8, 2018 – NIST Shows Laser Ranging Can ‘See’ 3D Objects Melting in Fires. Read More.
August 8, 2018- Left Hand Robotics raises $3.7M for snow-clearing robot. SnowBot Pro is GPS-controlled and connected to the cloud and follows a pre-programmed path unassisted to clear sidewalks and bike paths. The system includes LIDAR and RADAR sensors that detect obstacles and allow SnowBot to drive itself safely. Onboard cameras automatically take before and after pictures included in post-action job reports, and monitoring systems allow an operator to monitor the SnowBot in real-time from the Web or a mobile device. Read More.
July 26, 2018- Boulder-based ColdQuanta raises $6.75M in seed round. Read more.
July 20, 2018– Innosphere Invests in Boulder endoscopy company, Aspero Medical. Read more.
July 20, 2018– September 7 is deadline for applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Capital & Retention grants from the state’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant programs. Read More.
July 19, 2018- University of Colorado Boulder startup Double Helix garners $1 million in investment funding. Read more.
July 10, 2018- Excelitas Technologies acquires optical components maker Research Electro Optics. Read More.
July 2, 2018- Luminate NY Names Double Helix Top Winner. Read More.
June 19, 2018– A LiDAR technology patented by the University of Colorado Boulder made news this week. Read More.
May 1, 2018- Laser Focus World 2018 Innovators Awards: Colorado Platinum-level Honorees KMLabs and Nuburu Read More.
May 1, 2018- NIST and White House Ramping Up Effort to Redesign Technology Transfer Policies Read More.
April 17, 2018– CU’s Light-Splitting Greenhouse Film Could Improve Photosynthetic Efficiency. Read More.
April 2018- CPIA Member Avantes Publishes Paper of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Read More.
April 17, 2018– Boulder’s Ball Aerospace, Honeywell partner on satellite communications Read More.
April 2018- KMLabs Receives New Funding, Appoints Fahey as CEO. Read More.
April 2018- SPIE Announces New CEO with Colorado Connections. Read More.
April 2018- Nominations for SPIE Awards Due June 1, 2018. Read More.
March 6, 2018– JILA Spectroscopy, Microscopy Allow Precise Imaging of Optical Frequencies. Read More.
February 2018- Tom Baur receives SPIE GG Stokes Award. Press Release
November 2017- Colorado Office of Economic Development awards over $3 million to support start-ups in Advanced Industries. Read more.
September 2017- CU Boulder researchers honored with Governor’s Awards for high impact. Read more.
June 2017- “Meadowlark Receives Colorado Export Award” – Press Release
March 2017- “Bach Research Corporation has been awarded a contract by the NIRPS consortium, to manufacture and deliver a custom R4 echelle grating and spares that will be used in the NIRPS (Near Infrared Planet Searcher) Instrument.” Read more.