In This Issue
Geospatial Systems Acquired
“Photogrammetric imagery and lidar data collection technologies continue to merge into a single mainstream technology,” said Don Carswell, Optech’s President. "We are very impressed by GSI's capabilities in the design, engineering and manufacturing of georeferenced metric electro-optical, infrared (EO/IR) and multispectral imaging systems. Their high-performance cameras, robust packaging and powerful image processing capabilities will enable the further fusion of our lidar and imaging solutions. This acquisition aligns with our focus on extending our customer-oriented products and support; and we believe that all of Optech’s clients will appreciate the benefits of having a single provider that meets their needs for integrated active and passive imaging instruments and solutions.”
GSI has a recognized track record in the design and manufacture of ruggedized, high-precision, metric imaging systems for airborne applications, including many implementations with Optech’s ALTM lidar systems. TerraPix, which includes a range of metric sensors, is a common platform for delivering custom solutions tailored to its customer’s Airborne Survey and Mapping, Asset Management, and Tactical Intelligence Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) requirements. The TerraPix DGX architecture provides camera control, inertial navigation system integration and image processing capabilities; and enables single and multi-sensor solutions that combine visible, multispectral and infrared modules into integrated payloads. Optech’s clients will now benefit from the full integration of GSI’s TerraPix systems with Optech’s world-class solutions.
“We are very pleased to join Optech’s growing global organization,” says Max Elbaz, President and CEO of GSI. “The integration of GSI imaging expertise with Optech lidar imaging expertise and their worldwide market leadership will increase the value we provide to our customers across vertical markets, and will strengthen our capabilities to further support the evolving needs of our common global customer base.”
GSI's current product line will be maintained and will evolve to meet the needs of Optech’s diverse client base. Leveraging GSI's existing engineering staff, GSI’s Rochester, NY location will become Optech’s base for imaging systems development. The location will also be expanded to serve as the base for U.S. sales and support for Optech’s complete product lines for airborne, terrestrial and mobile applications. Mr. Elbaz will continue in his current position, and will lead Optech’s expansion in the U.S. commercial and ISR markets.
Syntec Profiled On The Web
Syntec Optics is being featured as one of Western New York's premier life sciences companies by a website created by the University of Buffalo that is dedicated to enhancing the region's workforce. iSciwny.com was developed with grant funding provided by the New York State Department of Labor, Bank of America and Life Technologies.
One video is a Virtual Tour of Syntec Optics featuring Optical Analyst Dan Morgan. Another highlights Syntec's Secondary Operations and features Jack Rhodes and the third is an interview with Assistant Production Supervisor Tracy Watkins.
RIT Researchers First to Prove Existence of Stable Optical Lift
Process Uses Beam of Light to Move, Manipulate Particles
A team of researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology has proven the existence of stable optical lift—the use of a beam of light to move and manipulate particles in the micrometer scale (similar to how air is used to achieve airplane flight).
The technique has significant applications in a host of fields, including biotechnology, astrophysics and microelectronics, and it eventually could be used to power micro-machines or enable long-distance space travel.
“Airplanes and automobile spoilers use the concept of aerodynamic lift to achieve movement,” notes Grover Swartzlander, joint associate professor in RIT’s Department of Physics and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. “Our computer model predicts and our experiments prove that sustained optical lift is possible and can be used to make particles move perpendicular to the direction of the light flow. Combined with the previously known ‘levitation force’ of light, the specially shaped particles can be made to ‘fly.’ ”
Swartzlander’s team first developed computerized simulations to test the process and then created a laboratory experiment using milliwatt-scale laser light and microscopic semi-cylindrical rods. As expected, when illuminated with the laser light, the rods exhibited both a “levitation force” in the direction of the beam and a “lift force” perpendicular to the beam.
The rod also rotated into a stable orientation and subsequently underwent uniform motion. Unlike optical tweezers, which is an alternative method to manipulate particles with a focused beam of light, optical lift occurs in uniform illumination. Numerous rods could be simultaneously lifted and moved in a single uniform beam of light.
Swartzlander says the same force could be used to power micro-motors in biomedical devices or provide a means to steer solar sails designed to send crafts deep into space.
RRPC Networking: Inellectual Property
RRPC Member, Harris Beach will host RRPC Networking on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at their facility at 99 Garnsey Road, in Pittsford, NY.
Neil Slifkin, the leader of the Intellectual Property practice group at Harris Beach PLLC, will talk about Intellectual Property: International Patents and Trademarks, an ever changing area of concern to many RRPC members.
Contact Tom Battley to confirm your attendance.
Events and Conferences
SPIE Photonics West
SPIE Medical Imaging
SPIE Defense, Security & Sensing
Laser World of Photonics, Munich
Frontiers In Optics / Laser Science
State Of Affairs, 2011
Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, November 23, 2010
The US is still the global manufacturing powerhouse.
In Pursuit of a Large Astronomical Telescope for New York
The New York Astronomical Corporation (NYAC) and the associated Astronomical Society of New York (ASNY)were founded about 40 years ago with the principal goal of developing a large telescope for the NY astronomical community. Despite some initial success;, that telescope never came into being, and the ASNY became largely an organization for scientific collaboration, and support to students of astronomy. On August 3, 2010, the NYAC called for new proposals for a NY telescope. One proposal, to build the largest telescope in the world, is being put forward by a consortium of universities led by Dr. Stefi Baum, Director of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Carlson Center for Advanced Imaging.
The Astronomical Telescope of New York (ATNY) proposal is for a 12 meter class telescope with a total collecting area of 126 m2; about 1.75 times larger than the Keck Telescopes. The telescope is a Ritchey Chretien design intended for general purpose visible/IR wavelength astronomy. Two Nasmyth instrument platforms allow the telescope to field two major instruments or one large instrument and a suite of smaller instruments; allowing NY universities the opportunity to pursue development of funding and capabilities to build astronomical instrumentation in their laboratories. This would represent a significant opportunity for the photonics community of NY.
The primary mirror is made up of 126 hexagonal segments of Corning’s ULE glass. Optical polishing of these segments would most likely employ a process already developed by ITT of Rochester under funding by the Thirty Meter Telescope project of the University of California. Optical coating might well be performed by EMF of Ithaca, NY, in the business of electro-deposition of optical coatings since 1939. Toptica Inc. of Victor, NY is developing high power lasers for artificial adaptive optic guide stars under contract to Keck and the European Southern Observatory and would similarly support ATNY. The dome for the telescope is proposed to be a unique Calotte design with geodesic type structures which could be provided by Triodetic of Syracuse, NY. A goal of the project is to keep as much NY funding in NY as possible enhancing photonics and economic development in parallel with astronomical research.
The telescope is projected to cost $70M, much less than previous segmented telescopes though more than the 10 m Hobby Eberly Telescope built by the University of Texas about 15 years ago. Funding is anticipated to come from other partners outside New York New State, NY foundations and individual donors, and possibly from the university partners. The goal is access for all NY institutions and significant growth of astronomical research, instrumentation, and education. Proposals are due to ASNY on 10 January 2011 and a decision as to which proposed project they intend to support should be forthcoming in early 2011.
Development of the concept was funded by RIT, and performed by Xoptx LLC of Ithaca, NY with participation of industrial subcontractors. Those interested in joining as industrial or academic partners can contact Dr. Stefi Baum baum[at]cis.rit.edu or Thomas A. Sebring tsebring[at]xoptx.com.
The New Normal
As a father of a child who recently started middle school, I am becoming reacquainted with certain basic math concepts. Perhaps that’s why I appreciate economist David Rosenberg’s description of the current economic situation: “a parabolic credit cycle gone into reverse.” If visually oriented, you can see a rising curve showing the massive amounts of debt consumers accumulated over two decades. Then picture 2008, when our financial system almost failed, and the trend curve suddenly shifting and going downward in the opposite direction.
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