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Qioptiq Press Releases & News archive – 2011



Qioptiq announces results for 2011

The company is well positioned for growth in 2012

LUXEMBOURG, January 23, 2011 — Qioptiq today released its report about 2011 and addressed prospects for the year ahead. 2011 was a reasonable year for Qioptiq.   Sales increased compared to 2010 and profitability remained stable.  The company experienced growth in civil markets and a reduction in its night vision business.

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Qioptiq expands inspec.x L series:
inspec.x L 4/105 now in use with prism module

This prism module features the high industrial quality that is standard at Qioptiq.

Munich, December 13, 2011 — In high-resolution applications, each individual component is essential while at the same time, the interaction of all components is crucial. Qioptiq offers lenses for line applications that come prepared for use with beam splitters in coaxial bright-field illumination, as well as the corresponding beam-splitter module, to enable the use of coaxial reflected light in high-res applications. Qioptiq has developed a prism module that is ideally suited for use with inspec.x L lenses. It is easy to mount on the objective and also offers azimuthal alignment.

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Qioptiq presents a new series of the time-tested MeVis lenses:
MeVis-CF — Highest imaging performance in a compact, rugged housing


Building on the MeVis-C series, Qioptiq has now developed MeVis-CF lenses featuring an even more compact housing, to meet the most rigorous requirements.


Munich, December 13, 2011 — Qioptiq has offered the MeVis-C lenses for the widely used C-mount cameras with sensor sizes of up to 1" for many years. Especially for today's high- resolution sensors, MeVis-C lenses are the ideal match. With exceptionally high resolution over the entire image circle, low distortion and good color correction, as well as low brightness drop, MeVis-C enables solutions for sophisticated image processing tasks. With this new series, Qioptiq supports applications that call for maximum image quality in a compact and rugged housing. Their optical data is identical with that of the proven MeVis-C series. Moreover, the fixed aperture means the lens takes up the least possible space while preventing operator error. These lenses are available in a number of variants with different apertures, making it possible to offer customer-specific versions with special aperture shapes.

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Qioptiq director Gerd Litfin awarded Germany's Federal Cross of Merit, First Class

Award marks Professor Liftin's outstanding achievements on behalf of Germany as a center for science and business


Göttingen, October 13, 2011 — Professor Gerd Litfin, member of the Board of Directors of Qioptiq, has been awarded the Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Federal President Christian Wulff. The award marks the outstanding achievements of the founder and former board chairman of the LINOS Group on behalf of Germany as a center for science and business. In addition, the honor expresses recognition and respect for his exemplary voluntary work in the social sphere and his extraordinary contribution to developing the next generation of scientists. The medal was presented on October 12, 2011 by Professor Annette Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research, at a ceremony in Berlin.

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Bruno Bosser joins Qioptiq's laser team as Account Manager for Northern Europe and Canada

November 18, 2011 – Qioptiq is very pleased to announce the appointment of Bruno Bosser as the new Account Manager for Northern Europe and Canada within Qioptiq's fiber optics and diode laser division.

Bruno has extensive experience in optical components as he previously worked for a well-known manufacturer for several years and will now be focusing on cutting-edge laser technology.

The Qioptiq fiber optics and diode laser division was known prior to July 2010 as Point Source.

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Urgent notice: Possible defects in certain LIV20 & LAV400 amplifiers

– PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS PRODUCT

Göttingen, JUNE 6, 2011 — For Immediate release.

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Laser beam collimation testing: reliable results in seconds

New: Shear Plate Interferometer 


Munich, May 25, 2011 — For fast collimation testing of laser beams under laboratory conditions, Qioptiq offers a new, compact Shear Plate Interferometer that delivers outstanding value for money. Even under unfavorable ambient conditions – whether vibration, dirt, or temperature fluctuations – it provides fast, reliable results with certified, consistent quality.

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Quality of our magneto-optics and electro-optics clear at LASER 2011

The combination of our years of experience, intelligent design and sophisticated engineering with computer simulations and complicated processing produces the enduring high quality of our products for magneto-optics and electro-optics.


Munich, May 23, 2011 — Our product spectrum ranges from Faraday isolators to laser modulators to Pockels cells, and includes both standard and customized solutions.

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kineFLEX-Hydra: New, compact, singlemode, polarised fiber array
is a breakthrough for equipment manufacturers


New
kineFLEX-Hydra is a breakthrough for manufacturers developing next generation flow cytometry and metrology equipment.  

Munich, May 23, 2011 — Costing not much more than traditional exposed-beam assemblies, the new system is more robust, more reliable and significantly smaller. Designed and built at Qioptiq’s world-leading facility in Hamble, UK, kineFLEX-Hydra uses high quality singlemode and linearly polarised fibers, permanently aligned in a closed system for very high reliability. The standard system couples Red (640nm), Green (515nm) and Blue (488nm), but other wavelengths are also available to order.

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New Q-Shop and brochure with highlights of new products

This year, Qioptiq will not be publishing a new printed version of the LINOS Catalog. Instead, we concentrated our energies on a comprehensive relaunch of the online shop.


Munich, May 23, 2011 — Point your browser to www.qioptiq-shop.com to experience the new Qioptiq shop! 

The latest products from LINOS are presented not only in the new online forum, but also in a “hands-on“ printed brochure from Qioptiq. The new brochure, making its debut at the LA­SER trade show, is called “LINOS Products: News & Highlights 2011."

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Many innovations for the Medical & Life Sciences sector

This year is notable for the many innovations we will be presenting at the LASER World of Photonics trade show in Munich

Munich, May 23, 2011 — In our Medical & Life Sciences sector, the focus is on structured illumination microscopy, X-ray diagnosis and a new intra-oral camera with a liquid lens technology and autofocus.

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Qioptiq presents a wide range of products at LASER 2011

Discover the Q! Qioptiq presents a wide range of products on booth 107 in Hall B1 at LASER 2011

Munich, May 23, 2011 — From medical science to defense to research, visitors to our stand in Munich will learn all about our diverse range of activities. Our slogan this year is "Take Your Innovation to New Heights".

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Qioptiq sells polymer molding activity to Diverse Optics, Inc.

Decision reflects focus on optics & photonics; d
iamond turning machines moved to Rochester, NY facility to better serve US defense customers

LUXEMBOURG, April 11, 2011 - Qioptiq today announced that it had finalized the divestiture of the molding portion of Qioptiq Polymer, Inc., located in La Verne, California.  This was done in order to concentrate on its core optical and photonics business. The assets of Qioptiq Polymer’s injection molding business were sold to Diverse Optics, Inc. which is owned by the prior management team of Qioptiq Polymer. Diverse Optics will remain in the existing facility in La Verne, California. Work for molding customers will continue to proceed in an uninterrupted fashion. Qioptiq's diamond turning machines from the La Verne site have been transferred to its Rochester, NY facility in order to better serve US defense customers.

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Qioptiq supports young scientists 

A German national scholarship program provides financial support and offers an important insight into the world of work

Göttingen / Regen, 6. April 2011 — Johannes Blümel is the first student to be supported by Qioptiq as part of the German Federal government's "Deutschlandstipendium" national scholarship program. The trained optician from Landshut is currently in his third semester of a mechatronics course at the Fachhochschule Deggendorf (Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences). He will soon receive 300 Euros per month, half of which is financed by the Federal government and the other half by Qioptiq.

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Pointing the way with POINTER

Locating and marking targets is a difficult and dangerous business.
POINTER can help
.

St ASAPH, UK, March 21, 2011 — Qioptiq today announced the release of its POINTER weapon cueing system, which can be easily netted to sensors providing rapid target marking directly to the weapon system user enabling those best placed to counter the threat to react.

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DAGIR on the right path

Uncooled Thermal Image Surveillance system moves into gear


St ASAPH, UK, March 21, 2011 — Qioptiq today announced the release of its DAGIR Uncooled Thermal Image Surveillance System. DAGIR's flexibility allows the user to add a number of optional items including colour day camera, GPS, digital magnetic compass or laser range finder making it ideal for differing counter terrorism requirements when integrated into marine and land platforms.

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Award winning thermal & night vision equipment on show at Global Security Asia 2011

Amongst the products on show will be Qioptiq’s DRAGON Compact (C), winner of the “Best Lightweight Soldier Technology” award at the Soldier Technology Conference in London

Qioptiq, designer and manufacturer of VIPIR and Dragon thermal imaging and KITE, Merlin and Nighthawk image intensified night vision equipment, will exhibit at this year’s GSA 2011 event.  

Amongst the products on show will be Qioptiq’s DRAGON Compact (C), winner of the “Best Lightweight Soldier Technology” award at the Soldier Technology Conference in London. DRAGON C is the latest, lightweight, multi-use thermal weapon/observation sight intended for Dismounted Close Combat & Special Forces users.

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Qioptiq to divest its polymer molding activity
Decision reflects focus on core optics & photonics activities

LUXEMBOURG, February 10, 2011 -
Qioptiq today announced that it has begun procedures which will lead to the divestiture of the molding portion of Qioptiq Polymer, Inc., located in La Verne, California in order to concentrate on its core optical and photonics business. At the same time, Qioptiq announced that diamond-turning machines from its La Verne site will be transferred to its Rochester, NY facility in order to better serve its US defense customers. The assets of Qioptiq Polymer’s injection molding business will be sold to the current management. Subject to the completion of necessary agreements and obtaining all necessary approvals, the parties expect that the transaction will close on or about the end of March 2011. The new activity will conduct business as Diverse Optics Inc.

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New Cylindrical Lens Holders for LINOS Rail Systems
New Cylindrical Lens Holders for LINOS Rail Systems and other M4 and M6 thread bench systems

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq  announces a new Cylindrical Lens Holders for LINOS Rail Systems and other bench systems accepting M4 and M6 threads.  

Precision-machined components ensure reliable mounting and fastening of cylindrical lenses with lengths of 60 mm and 130 mm. The holders are designed for lenses of various widths so they can be mounted and are always centered in the holder.  

Available in two models, the Cylindrical Lens Holder 60 is made for lenses with a length of 60 mm and widths of 15mm, 20mm, 30mm or 50mm, while the Cylindrical Lens Holder 130 fits 130mm cylindrical lenses with widths of 15mm, 20mm and 130mm.

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Qioptiq expands offering of LINOS Achromatic Lenses
LINOS Achromatic Lens resolutions approach the theoretical diffraction limit

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq has expanded its line of LINOS Achromatic lenses.

Long known for their high imaging quality, LINOS Achromatic Lens resolutions approach the theoretical diffraction limit. The existing range of achromatic lenses has now been expanded by the addition of almost 70 new achromatic lenses with various focal lengths and diameters, in both the visible spectral range and the near infrared range. Other new additions include four UV-VIS achromatic lenses, optimized for the 240nm to 700nm range through the use of calcium fluoride. 

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New High Power Version of Multi-Line Laser Source

New addition to iFLEX-Viper line meets the needs of applications needing up to 60mW power from fiber’s end

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq has announced that its iFLEX-Viper™ compact multi-line laser source is now available in a high power version (HPV) for use with applications needing output power from the end of the fiber of up to 60mW. 

The iFLEX-Viper and iFLEX-Viper HPV are both compact multi-line laser sources with a modular singlemode fiber delivery system. Up to five individual lasers can be efficiently combined and delivered through one singlemode, polarization-maintaining fiber.

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New Compact Laser Diode System Provides Long-Term Power Stability

Latest member of the iFLEX2000 family operates at 375nm and 10 mW output power

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq has announced the release of a new product in its iFLEX2000™ family of products: the iFLEX2000™ 375nm 10mW Fiber Coupled CW Laser. 

The iFLEX2000 375nm 10mW is a compact laser diode system with a modular singlemode fiber delivery system. It features a TEM00 true Gaussian beam and demonstrates high stability, high beam quality and low noise.

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New Laser Beam Delivery System Achieves Transmission
Efficiencies Greater Than 65%


Fiber-based technology provides more flexibility in instrument & experiment design


SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq has announced the release of a new product in its kineFLEX™ family of products:
kineFLEX-UV™.  The kineFLEX-UV is a robust laser beam delivery system. Its fiber delivery technology is designed around pre-focused and integrated optical assemblies; plus it is automatically mode-matched to a user's laser parameters to achieve transmission efficiencies greater than 65%. It features polarization maintaining and singlemode transmission.

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Qioptiq now offers Optotune compact tunable lenses
Variable focal length of these innovative spherical lenses enables the design of very compact optical systems

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq announces that Tunable lenses from the company Optotune are a new addition to the Qioptiq product range. These lenses are made of elastic polymers and have unique properties. The form of the lens can be changed from convex to concave either mechanically or electrically in millisecond range. The lens comes with an aperture of up to 20 mm.

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Optically contacted polarizing beam-splitter cubes

High-precision ion-beam sputtering optics with the patent-pending epoxy-free Chemically Activated Direct Bonding™ technology

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Qioptiq has announced immediate availability of optically contacted polarizing beam-splitter cubes specifically designed for high-energy laser applications.

These beam-splitter cubes are available for the 700 nm to 1000 nm wavelength range and for the single laser wavelengths 355 nm, 532 nm and 1064 nm. The high damage threshold of > 10 J/cm2 at 1064 nm is achieved by omitting adhesives from the beam path. The extinction ratio is up to 1000:1 and the transmission is better than 95%.

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Liquid lens technology delivers high-speed autofocus capability from a compact and robust package

Innovative camera module demonstrates the advantages of liquid lenses, including new laser beam steering capabilities
 
SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — Liquid lenses are ideal for autofocus imaging applications in which durability and rapid focus must combine with miniaturization and low-power requirements.   Autofocus optics based on liquid lenses are already available in consumer products and are used in a growing range of medical and industrial applications including barcode scanners, machine vision, security and dental cameras. Qioptiq has recently developed a customer specific dental camera that exploits the advantages of liquid lens technology.

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New line of LED cold light sources are economical and earth-friendly

New line of CLS-LED high-performance LED cold light source


SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — CLS-LED illuminators offer an economical and energy-saving alternative to conventional light sources and meet most any visible light illumination requirement. An LED cold light source converts far more energy into visible light than a halogen cold light source can, and yet has a much longer service life (approximately 50,000 hours according to manufacturer‘s specifications).

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New SL Series LED gooseneck offers energy-efficient illumination flexibility

New line of SL Series LED Gooseneck reflected-light illuminators

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — These semi-rigid light guides provide versatile illumination adjustability to most any the object. This is the ideal lighting technique for objects with matt finish or slightly reflective surfaces. Professional LED gooseneck reflected-light lamps of the SL series from Qioptiq are specially designed for use in science and industry. State-of-the-art LED technology makes this product a professional, efficient, environment-friendly and above all economical alternative to conventional halogen lamp systems with a glass fiber gooseneck.

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New clamp and support system offers secure, safe positioning for odd-shaped or delicate subjects

New Matrix™ support and holder System — a universal, non-damaging retainer solution for components of practically any shape.

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 — The principle behind the versatile Matrix support system is to form the support surface directly using the device itself. By gently pressing the component against the light spring pressure of the individually guided pins, a completely form-fitting depression is shaped in the holder. Once formed, the depression is mechanically fixed in place. The result is a stable part-specific form support. What once entailed elaborate milling or casting is now created within seconds. In contrast to conventional supports, which can only be used with the component they were made to hold, the Matrix system adapts to every work-piece. Any component can be held in place by one single retainer. Perfect form-fitting assures maximum hold with minimum force. This is ideal not only for free-formed parts but also for work-pieces with sensitive surfaces.

Qioptiq offers two models to address different tasks: The X-Grip XS model clamps the work-piece from two sides, The X-Support XS model features a variable bearing surface and a clamp-down device to secure the work-piece.

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New component for LINOS Microbench System affords fine angle adjustment of cube inserts

The latest addition to the expanding line of LINOS Microbench components for optical bench integration.


SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 —
With the new Microbench Angle adjuster angle adjustable Microbench prism or mirror inserts with a diameter of 30 mm can be precisely positioned in Microbench Cube 30.   The adjustment screw has a 0.15 mm thread pitch to permit very delicate angle adjustment in the +/- 2.5° range.   The shaft of the fine adjustment screw has a hexagon socket.   A hexagon key with knurled knob is included in the delivery. If the hexagon socket is not needed, the knurled knob can be permanently fixed with an adhesive. For assembly, the adjustable insert with 30 mm diameter is slotted into the angle adjuster and fastened with screws to the side of the Cube 30. The angle adjuster is compatible with all cube inserts that have an outer diameter of 30 mm.

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Qioptiq announces results for 2010

Company is 
poised for continued growth in 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2011 —
Qioptiq, global designer and manufacturer of photonic products and solutions, today released a positive report about 2010 and optimism for the year ahead.  

The announcement confirms 2010 was a good year for Qioptiq both in terms of sales, approximately US$380 million, as well as profits and cash generation, both of which increased over the prior year.

The company experienced growth in both civil and defense markets.  

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