Precision Electro-Optic, Waveguide, and Laser Technologies

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  • Vescent to show non-mechanical optical communication link at Photonics West

    Golden, CO (14 Feb, 2016) Vescent Photonics will unveil a free-space optical communication (FSO) demonstration based on its unique liquid crystal waveguide technology. A completely non-mechanical, live optical link with multiplexed data transmission will be on display. The engine for establishing & maintaining the communication link is the SEEOR (Steerable Electro-Evanescent Optical Refractor), the 2015 Prism Award-nominated non-mechanical beam steering device.

    Dr. Scott Davis, VP of Technology at Vescent explains, “The SEEOR takes advantage of the extraordinarily large electro-optic effect of liquid crystals to create a tunable Snell’s Law prism which controllably refracts a laser beam over a large Field of View.” The SEEOR is truly analog, allowing for raster scanning, tracking, zooming, and point & hold – all essential for the FSO link to function. Davis continues, “We expect the FSO to be deployed in the secure and satellite communications fields while the SEEOR itself will prove to be a key enabler to non-mechanical LIDAR and will address high-volume commercial markets such as automated driving, inspection & handling robotics, and gaming.”

    About Vescent Photonics: Vescent Photonics, Inc., a privately held company, was founded in 2002 to develop and manufacture technologies in waveguide, electro-optics, tunable lasers, and electronics for precision laser control. Staff experience as researchers at the University of Colorado (JILA), NIST, the Colorado School of Mines, and the University of California at Berkeley has allowed us to become a leader in liquid crystal waveguide technology. The company is wholly owned by the original founders.

  • Photonics West

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    Vescent Photonics will be attending Photonics West at Moscone Center in San Francisco from 13 to 18 February, 2016.  We invite you to visit us at booth 4159 and see the latest developments in non-mechanical beam steering as well as lasers, electronics, and electro-optics for the AMO community.

    If you just can’t wait for your winter trip to San Francisco, you might be interested in the videos below.

  • Vescent Photonics will host the February APS Local Links Network Meeting Vescent Photonics will host the February APS Local Links Network Meeting
  • Vescent is 2015 Prism Award Finalist

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    Vescent Photonics is proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.  The Prism Awards, sponsored by SPIE, honor the best new photonics products on the market.  We have been nominated to the Optics and Components category for our SEEOR laser scanner.

    The SEEOR (Steerable Electro-Evanescent Optical Refractor) is a completely non-mechanical beam steering device which features low SWaP and will allow the laser to interrogate a 35×8° field of regard.  Unlike resonant MEMS scanners, the SEEOR will allow you to not only rapidly scan a field, but will also allow zooming to specific portions of the field, point and hold capability, and tracking.  With no moving parts, it is not subject to inertial effects and the liquid crystal-based technology does not require the high power consumption of ao modulators.

    See you in San Francisco!

  • Vescent Staff Scientist Profiled by Denver Philharmonic

    That’s Vescent’s very own Senior Scientist Ben Luey being profiled on the Denver Philharmonic’s web page, the Buzz.  Ben has been with Vescent Photonics for 9 years and he has been playing the viola for the Denver Philharmonic all this time.  We are proud that Ben has found time to lead our Electrical and Optical Engineering teams through many successful product launches and SBIR grants as well as to enhance the Denver cultural environment.  Thanks, Ben.

  • Vescent Photonics Has Moved

    Front facadeVescent Photonics is proud to announce that we have moved our operations into a newer, larger facility. After bursting at the seams for a number of years, we have increased our square footage by roughly a factor of 3 to over 10,000 ft2. Our new building has freshly updated workspaces, including an abundance of power, light, and connectivity. It also boasts of expanded labs and production floor space, a stock room, and a 2,000 ft2 class 10,000 clean room.
    Our new home office is located at:
    14998 W. 6th Ave.
    Suite 700
    Golden, CO 80401
    We’d be pleased to host a visit if you’d like to see the new building.
    We did not change any of our phone lines or internet connectivity.

  • Vescent Introduces Q&A Forum
  • International Conference on Atomic Physics (ICAP)

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    International Conference on Atomic Physics (ICAP)
    3-8 August, 2014
    Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
    Washington, DC

    Join us for an exciting conference and exhibition!


  • CLEO

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    Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO)
    8-13 June, 2014
    San Jose Convention Center
    San Jose, CA

    CLEO, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace.

    Vescent Photonics will exhibit the new ICE product line at booth 2215.


  • European Time and Frequency Forum (EFTF)

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    European Time and Frequency Forum
    23-26 June, 2014
    The University of Neuchâtel
    Neuchâtel, Switzerland