Precision Electro-Optic and Laser Technologies
  • 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 jobs.at.vescent.com

    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
  • 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.

  • Gravitational Wave Detection Confirmed

    Confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein’s from a hundred years ago, scientist from LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves.

    Two multi-kilometer interferometers in Washington and Louisiana states made coincident measurements confirming the detection of the gravitational wave on 14 September 2015.  An abundance of caution led the scientist to delay official announcement of the discovery until a press conference on 11 February 2016.

    Quoting from the Caltech website – a leading institution coordinating LIGO: In an “event about 3 times the mass of the sun was converted into gravitational waves in a fraction of a second — with a peak power output about 50 times that of the whole visible universe.”

    And on the MIT website, Rainer Weiss, a professor emeritus of physics at MIT, the other leading institution behind LIGO, says, “It’s a spectacular signal.  It’s a signal many of us have wanted to observe since the time LIGO was proposed.” Prof. Weiss continued, “Einstein is right in a regime where his theory has never been tested before.”

    The paper discussing the observation has been accepted by the Physical Review Letters.

    Congratulations to the entire LIGO team!  LIGO is an NSF-funded program.

  • 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!

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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February 9, 2017 App Notes 0 comments

Dr. Michel Lintz and his colleagues at the Université de la Côte d’Azur in Nice and the Centre National d’Études Spatiales in Toulouse have recently reported narrowing the linewidth of a DFB diode laser to 4 kHz using both feed back and feed forward techniques.  Dr. Lintz’ team used a Vescent Photonics D2-105 Laser Controller to […]

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December 21, 2016 App Notes 0 comments

We thank Prof. Bergeson for sharing their work, Measurement of the Yb I 1S0 – 1P1 transition frequency at 399 nm using an optical frequency comb, published in Physical Review A, 94, 052511 (2016).

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December 16, 2016 App Notes 0 comments

Dr. François Bondu of CNRS in France shared his group’s work to produce an extremely narrow electrical wave with broad tunability.  Dr. Bondu used our D2-105 Laser Controller to drive a DFB laser as part of the work. We thank Dr. Bondu for sharing the preprint of his paper that has been accepted for publication […]

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December 13, 2016 News / Press Releases 0 comments

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 jobs.at.vescent.com Please provide a résumé and a cover letter expressing interest and qualification. Applications without a résumé and cover letter […]

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September 26, 2016 News / Press Releases 0 comments

The 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: their 2010 work on why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof […]

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