Optics and Optical Systems Services
Advanced optical expertise for commercial applications
Image: Optical MEMS, micromirror array
Companies, both large and small, can now take advantage of PARC’s expertise in leading-edge optics and optical systems development to further their business goals. PARC’s capabilities today include micro and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical system designs, prototyping, process optimization, and transfer to manufacturing.
Optical System Services
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Optical science has been a basis of numerous applications ranging from photography to communication. The field of optics is growing and many novel applications are being introduced in the market every year. PARC has over 30 years of experience in developing leading-edge optical materials, devices, and systems, and successfully transferring them into commercial opportunities and government applications.
Most recently, PARC has developed expertise in high-power IR laser optical systems enabling imaging resolution up to 20um. This technology can be applied to such areas as digital maskless lithography and 3D printing.
PARC has the infrastructure, expertise, skills, and experience in turning technologies into a wide range of commercial applications. PARC is currently building applications in document scanning, 3D imaging, solar energy, solid-state lighting, biomedical, and more.
Innovation in action: commercial success
PARC has a long and proven track record in developing successful commercial applications. For example, PARC developed the world’s first dual-beam diode lasers, which enabled printing twice as fast as single-beam systems. PARC’s subsequent development of multi-beam lasers led to high-speed, high-resolution production printing systems that placed Xerox years ahead of its competitors.
PARC’s expertise in the field of optics and optical systems led to a collaboration with SolFocus, a startup company supplying Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. PARC successfully designed and modeled a new type of solar concentrator architecture for SolFocus. This innovation helped SolFocus secure $32M Series A funding.
PARC has also successfully applied scanning technologies commonly used in printing to other industries. For example, PARC invented a biomedical application called FAST (Fiber Array Scanning Technology) to detect cancer cells, based on Raster Output Scanner (ROS).
PARC is interested in working with companies who want to accelerate time to market, enter into a new market, or expand their offerings.
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PARC’s unique infrastructure and end-to-end capabilities
Areas of Expertise
Lasers, LED, OLED Light Sources, Xerographic Printing and Copying, Document Imaging and Projection, Micro-Optics, MEMS, MOEMS, Optical Sensors, Waveguides, Color Filtering, Biomedical Systems, Solar Concentrators
Lens Optimization, Robustness for Manufacturability, Tolerancing, Stray Light Analysis
Optical and Optomechanical System Design; Electrical, Mechanical, Thermal, and Packaging Design; Material Selection, Modeling, Analysis, Testing, Characterization, Fabrication, Prototyping, Process Optimization, Transfer to Manufacturing
CodeV, ZEMAX, LightTools, ASAP, Mathcad, Matlab, Custom In-house Software
Refractive, Reflective, Catadioptric, Diffractive Imaging, Non-Imaging Optical, Sequential, Non- Sequential, Mixed-Mode, Scattering, Absorption, Optical Coatings
In-house Coating Fabrication: up to 40 layers of optical coatings
Coating and Substrate Characterization Systems: measure spectral reflectance, transmission, and absorption