Precision Electro-Optic and Laser Technologies

News & Events

  • Vescent Lasers Support Flying MOT

    Dana Anderson, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Fellow at JILA, and his team have executed the first known civilian flight carrying a payload of ultracold rubidium atoms by flying from Boulder to Cheyenne, WY and back.

    The “Physics Package” of the MOT comprising the rubidium-charged vacuum chamber was provided by Cold Quanta and the lasers and control electronics were proudly provided by Vescent Photonics.  The D2-100 DBR Laser was controlled by a D2-105 Laser Controller which offers the lowest noise current source available.

    Read the full CU Boulder Today article here.

  • Vescent Seeks Summer R&D Intern

    Vescent Photonics is seeking a summer intern to assist in the development of state-of-the-art lasers, laser control electronics, and accessory electro-optic modules.  If you want to get experience developing scientific products in a true commercial R&D environment, we’d like to speak with you.

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  • Vescent Photonics Exhibiting at APS March Meeting

    Vescent is excited to be exhibiting for the first time at the APS March Meeting in New Orleans.  The conference will be held in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and we will be located in booth 105.  We will be showing our line of lasers, laser control electronics, and electro-optic accessories for precision measurements.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Vescent is Hiring!

    Vescent Photonics is searching for a Sales Professional.  Join us and help drive your team to success.  An exciting position at an exciting company that is growing rapidly.  Read the job description here and apply to

    Please provide a résumé and a cover letter expressing interest and qualification. Applications without a résumé and cover letter will not be considered.

  • Ig Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded

    ig-logoThe 2016 Ig® Nobel Prizes were awarded by a consortium of Nobel Laureates and other deep thinkers.   This year’s Physics prize was awarded to Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth, for:

    white-horsetheir 2010 work on why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and



    dragonflyfor the 2007 discovery as to why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.



    The Ig Nobel prize is awarded for first making us laugh and then making us think.

  • Vescent Sells Waveguide Business to Analog Devices
  • Welcome to DAMOP

    damop-2016Welcome to all DAMOP attendees.  DAMOP, the Division of Atomic and Molecular Optical Physics meeting is underway at the Providence Convention Center in Providence, RI.

    Ben LueyBen Luey, Staff Scientist at Vescent will participate in an Industrial Career Panel and Discussion on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Room 553 AB.  Ben and the other panelist will discuss physics careers in the private sector and laboratory environments. Topics will include research opportunities for physicists in industry, strategies for successfully pursuing industrial jobs, exploring the linkages between private sector and national laboratory research, and advice on how to thrive in these exciting and challenging work environments.  Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Forum on Industry and Applied Physics (FIAP). 

    Vescent will be exhibiting its new D2-250 Heterodyne Module for overlapping master and slave lasers and collecting an optical beat note for delivery to a fast detector such as the D2-160.  The electrical beat note can be used as the error signal in an offset phase lock – the easiest way to get an atomically referenced, frequency-agile laser for atomic spectroscopy.  The D2-250 is newly redesigned with kinematic optical mounts to be easier to set up.  It also makes use of rotatable waveplates and polarizing beam splitters to allow a large dynamic range of power inputs making it more versatile than the venerable D2-150.

    We are also introducing two new ICE boards.  ICE, or Integrated Control Electronics, offers the combination of high speed and low noise only available via analog control and an easy to use digital interface (GUI or serial commands).  The new ICE-DC2 offers two channels of current control for driving two diode lasers.  And the ICE-SC1 is a full PI2D loop filter servo that offers an auxiliary servo output for centering the main, high-bandwidth loop, keeping it within its range for extended periods of time.

    See you in Providence!

  • Defense and Commercial Sensing

    SPIE DCS logoVescent Photonics is excited to again be participating in the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference in Baltimore, 17-21 April, 2016.  Come see us at Booth 241.

    We are pleased to be presenting two papers.  Our paper No. 9828-7, titled “Laser-based satellite communication systems stabilized by non-mechanical electro-optic scanners,will be in the Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII Conference on Monday 18 April at 11:10 am in Convention Center Room 328. 

    Our paper 9832-18, titled “A lightweight and rugged laser radar system enabled by non-mechanical electro-optic beam steerers,”will be in the Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXI Conference on Wednesday 20 April at 8:00 am in Convention Center Room 340.  

    Check the downloads section of our website after the conference to download the Proceedings.

    Vescent will also display products and technology from both of our business lines, including a free-space optical communication (FSO) demonstration based on Vescent’s unique liquid crystal waveguide technology. The engine for establishing & maintaining the communication link is the SEEOR (Steerable Electro-Evanescent Optical Refractor), our non-mechanical beam-steering product.

    The SEEOR takes advantage of the extraordinarily large electro-optic effect of liquid crystal materials (>105 times that of LiNbO­3) to create a tunable Snell’s Law prism which will controllably refract a laser beam over a Field of View of more than 30° x 5°. It is truly analog, allowing for raster scanning, tracking, zooming, and point & hold control. The FSO depends on the raster scanning to find and establish an optical link and then the tracking to keep the data flowing.  Fast analog pointing feedback and control to the SEEOR allows the FSO device to create and maintain a robust, high-speed, multiplexed data link.

    Also on display will be Vescent’s D2 and ICE product lines – two strategies for driving and controlling semiconductor lasers.  The D2 products allows for hands-on analog adjustment of control parameters while ICE allows for much easier digital control and board-level OEM implementation.  Both D2 and ICE drive & control the lasers using analog circuits for high speed and low noise.  The two product lines share the same overall performance, but allow different implementation strategies.

    We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

  • 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.