June 2 – New Technique Takes 3-D Imaging an Octave Higher -

A collaboration between Colorado State University and University of Illinois resulted in a new, 3-D imaging technique to visualize tissues and other biological samples on a microscopic scale, with potential to assist with cancer or other disease diagnoses.

June 2 – US Photonics Economic Response to COVID-19 Pandemic -

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted business practices around the world, and photonics companies have had to adjust accordingly to the economic impact the situation has had on finances and supply chains.

July 28, 2020 – JILA’s Ultraviolet Laser Probes Nano-Film Stiffness -

Travis Frazer at the JILA research center in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and colleagues have shown that they can quantify changes in stiffness by exposing these dielectrics to pairs of extremely short and precisely timed laser pulses.

Aug 7, 2020 – Boulder SBDC tech accelerator set to launch this month -

The new, virtual Tech Venture Accelerator, operated by the Boulder Small Business Development Center and Colorado SBDC Tech Source, will begin accepting applications Aug. 28. Two spots in the initial cohort of businesses will be available to Boulder-based science and technology companies. A grant will offset the standard $2,450 program fee for those ventures.

Aug 7, 2020 – Boulder biotech companies MBio, Brava merge amid rapid growth -

Two Boulder biotech companies have merged amid a COVID-19-related growth spurt that has seen employment at the two firms grow by 150% since the beginning of the year.

Aug 18, 2020 -Ball Completes Flights of Imaging Instruments -

In partnership with NASA, Ball Aerospace is demonstrating the operational Landsat program’s next generation technology, having successfully completed the final airborne science flights of two compact, well-calibrated NASA Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) instruments – the Reduced Envelope Multispectral Imager – Airborne (REMI-AB) and the Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer – Airborne (CHPS-AB).

June 2 – UV Light and Riboflavin Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Pathogens in Plasma, Whole Blood -

Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) showed that exposure to riboflavin and ultraviolet light can reduce SARS-CoV-2 infectivity in human plasma and whole-blood products while maintaining blood product quality.

Aug 20, 2020 – Boulder AI Announces Patent Award for Camera with Graphical Processing Unit -

Boulder AI announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company a patent that covers their camera system, which includes a graphical processing unit (GPU). The invention is a camera system that includes a GPU and is hermetically sealed, meaning its air and watertight, and can be used in harsh environments without being negatively affected.

June 5 – The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Signed Into Law -

The new law addresses concerns raised by the small business community about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was created under the CARES Act. Among other things, it reduces the amount of the loan needed to be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%, increasing the amount of funds available for other expenses.

Aug 23, 2020 – Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. Launches NewSpace IP Exchange -

Voyager Space IP Exchange is the first patent and intellectual property marketplace for companies and entrepreneurs to buy, sell, and license space patents and technologies

June 5 – Boulder-based DetectionTek Sees Increased Demand -

for its product InstaScope as sanitizing spaces becomes a necessity to protect against the spread of coronavirus. Developed by the military, applied commercially for indoor air quality, InstaScope is the only optical technology of its kind on the market.

Aug 24, 2020 – New Energize Colorado Gap Fund: Applications Now Open -

The public-private investment will infuse more than $25 million into Colorado’s economy through small business loans and grants. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 and with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans. Assistance will be provided through December 2020.

Jun 10 – $4 Billion in New Taxes and Fees Proposed in Colorado -

Will it bring jobs back or just prolong the recession? A series of legislative proposals and proposed ballot measures would impose billions of dollars of higher taxes and fees on a state economy that’s struggling to restart after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Aug 26,2020 – ColdQuanta Named as an Industry Partner in DOE National Quantum Center -

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the creation of five new Quantum Information Science Research Centers across the country. One of the national centers, Q-NEXT, is led by DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and includes Cold Quanta as an industry partner. The goal of this Center is to develop the science and technology to control and distribute quantum information.

June 12 – US Space Force Completes GPS III SV-08 Core Mate -

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning System III program reached a major milestone with the successful core mate of GPS III Space Vehicle 08 at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility in Waterton, Colorado.

Dec 4, 2020 –NASA Selects Space Science Institute to Engage Next Generation -

The Space Science Institute, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization that advances the understanding of the universe, has been tapped by NASA to join its Museum & Informal Education Alliance. The alliance brings together museums, planetariums and libraries “to promote learning in STEM with the goal of inspiring the next generation of explorers,” according to a NASA news release.

Oct 28, 2020 –CSU part of LaserNetUS $18M Award by US DOE -

The U.S. Department of Energy announced in late October $18 million in funding, with $6.8 million for fiscal year 2020, for LaserNetUS. LaserNetUS is a network of 10 high-intensity laser facilities at national laboratories and universities including Colorado State University.

June 17 – Covid-19 Impact on Optical Communications -

The telecom market is expected to experience growth by end of year despite a downturn due to the covid-19 pandemic. “There’s always a dip in the market at the beginning of the year,” says Lisa Huff of Omdia, UK. She adds that the likelihood that the crisis will linger and trigger a global downturn in the sector is remote.

Dec 7, 2020 –French firm buys Colorado Photopolymer Solutions -

French specialty chemical firm Arkema S.A. has acquired Boulder-based Colorado Photopolymer Solutions LLC. CPS is nationally and internationally recognized as having in-depth understanding of UV curing and 3D printing processes.

Nov 1, 2020 – CU Featured in Physics Today -

Article on the decoupling of electronic and nuclear spin states allows scattering fermionic atoms to rapidly cool includes the University of Colorado Boulder’s Jun Ye, his graduate student Lindsay Sonderhouse, and their colleagues. Ye and his colleagues borrowed a technique used for bosons: They added another laser that rendered the atoms inside the dimple transparent to the cooling laser.

June 22 – Good News on Colorado Employment -

After losing 342,000 jobs in March and April, Colorado recaptured 20% of them, or 68,800, in the month of May. US employment fell by 22.1 million during those same two months, but added back 11% of those jobs, or 2.5 million, in May.

Dec 8 , 2020 –ColdQuanta Wins NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge Grant -

ColdQuanta Inc., a Boulder-based firm that is developing products based on quantum technology, has been awarded a $100,000 grant as part of the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Entrepreneurs Challenge pitch competition. The firm was one of six winners nationwide.

Dec 1, 2020 –CWDC Releases 2020 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report -

The Colorado Workforce Development Council released the seventh annual Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, which analyzes issues related to the supply and demand of talent in Colorado. The report offers a collection of strategies, investments, and policy recommendations in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 22 – Meadowlark Optics, Inc. Announced the Creation of the First Endowed Faculty Chair at JILA -

The Baur-SPIE Endowed Chair in Optics and Photonics will be funded by gifts of $1.5 million from Tom and Jeanne Baur, $500,000 from SPIE, and another $500,000 from CU, Boulder.

Dec 10, 2020 – CSU Among Laser Focus World’s Top 20 Photonics Advances -

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed an improved IBS process that can deposit high-optical-quality silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films with greatly reduced residual stress. Thin-film deposition processes, in particular ion-beam sputtering (IBS), for multilayer optical coatings can cause stress in the coatings, which in turn can stress the underlying optic, possibly warping it.

Dec 9, 2020 – New JILA Tools ‘Turn On’ Quantum Gases of Ultracold Molecules -

The new scheme for nudging a molecular gas down to its lowest energy state, called quantum degeneracy, makes it possible to explore exotic quantum states in which all the molecules interact with one another. The researchers first loaded the mixture of gaseous atoms into a vertical stack of thin, pancake-shaped traps formed from laser light (called an optical lattice), tightly confining the atoms along the vertical direction.

Dec 9, 2020 –CSU Team Receives $1M Grant -

Colorado State University Professor Randy Bartels received the Deep Tissue Imaging Grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop new technologies that could not only advance understanding of the human body, but also offer new capabilities for studying basic biology, disease pathology, and early disease diagnosis. He will work in partnership with Jeffrey Field, director of the Microscopy Core Facility, and Christian Puttlitz, professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dec 1, 2020 –Longmont-based Scythe Robotics raises $13.8M -

Scythe Robotics Inc. has raised $13.85 million in what appears to be its first major round of venture capital investment. The company is building autonomous robots to handle routine maintenance for open spaces such as preserves and parks.

June 23 – US Air Force Awards Tech Study Contract to York Space Systems, MSU Denver -

The U.S. Air Force awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer study contract to York Space Systems, in conjunction with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). The project will investigate delivering high-performance space capabilities at a low cost and minimal wait time, using leading-edge commercial space technology.

May 27 – Endless Frontier Act -

The bipartisan bill would establish a Technology Directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF) which would receive $100 billion over five years to lead investment and research in artificial intelligence and machine learning; high performance computing; robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing. An additional $10 billion would be authorized to designate at least 10 regional technology hubs.

November 2, 2020 – CU Boulder Launches New Quantum Engineering -

Created in 2021, the Quantum Engineering Initiative (QEI) is a significant and strategic investment into translational quantum engineering research at CU Boulder—including educational components, faculty hiring efforts, and dedicated lab space for collaboration with partners both on and off campus.


Dec 14, 2020 – First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered in Colorado -

This week, Governor Jared Polis joined frontline health care workers as they received the first doses of the vaccine in the state in Fort Collins. Frontline health care workers in Colorado Springs also received doses of the vaccine today.

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 7, 2019- CPIA Member Double Helix Optics honored in the Diagnostics and Therapeutics category the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.Read more

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 MedicalRead 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.