An overview on photonics business roundup

After its virtual format in March 2021, the largest North American photonics exposition, SPIE Photonics West, returned to its live, in-person setting in San Francisco

FREMONT, CA: The largest North American photonics exposition, SPIE Photonics West, returned to its live, in-person setting in San Francisco after its virtual format in March 2021, bringing January 2022 to a close for the photonics community as a whole. During this period, Laser Focus World hosted its annual Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, which explored the laser market in depth and provided guests with useful information and perspectives.

Aside from the hype and activities at SPIE Photonics West, other noteworthy events in the photonics industry occurred. Amber Czajkowski has been promoted to director of product management at Alluxa (Santa Rosa, CA), where she will be responsible for applications and product engineering. Alluxa manufactures optical coatings, optical filters, and thin-film deposition technologies. Czajkowski started as a product line manager for the company in 2014.

Mahr (Providence, RI) has named Manuel Hüsken as CEO, and George Schuetz, the company's director of precision gauges, has been awarded the ASQ Hromi Medal for his long-term contributions to metrology. In addition, the company hired 20 new people in 2021, including Christopher Tewfik, director of quality assurance; Regan Jones, area channel manager for the Midwest, North Central, and Western regions; Tucker Rae, district sales manager, Northeast region; and Gail Esker and Tom Locke, both of whom joined the company's applications engineering team.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has granted Gooch & Housego (Ilminster, UK) a 2 million Euro contract to develop the next generation of optical amplifiers that would allow multiple terabit-per-second free-space optical communication (FSOC) links between satellites and ground stations. Project EPOS (Extremely Powerful Optical Sources) will build two amplifier systems, one for terrestrial usage and the other for space use. The amplifiers will support 25 channels in the optical C and L bands, each outputting 1000 W (terrestrial) and 100 W (space) of diffraction-limited light.