optoelectronics and optics back to focus areas
Advanced expertise for new application development, prototyping, and transfer to manufacturing
In an increasingly competitive environment, it is critical to introduce differentiated products to market quickly. Clients can now take advantage of PARC's specialized expertise, fully integrated prototyping infrastructure, and experience in turning new technologies into a wide range of commercial applications.
PARC has over 30 years of experience in developing technologies in optics and optoelectronics -- ranging from cutting-edge optical emitters and sensors to micro- and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical systems. Applying a multi-disciplinary approach, PARC develops unique designs for devices and systems, conducts analyses using advanced modeling capabilities, builds full system prototypes, and assists in transferring to manufacturing.
PARC prototypes pictured, left to right: UV laser diode fluorescence (from NADH, chlorophyll, & riboflavin); blue-violet laser diode; assembled UV LED; micromirror array
world-class team * 35+ years * 300+ publications * 300+ patents issued / pending
Optics and Optoelectronics Services
PARC works with clients at various stages of product development, ranging from proof-of-concept to application development to full system integration. PARC applies multidisciplinary approaches to all client engagements. PARC's broad range of expertise can help clients achieve their goals with minimum risk.
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LED and Laser Diode Services
Materials to semiconductors companies that want to build new businesses or expand their current product portfolios can take advantage of the growth opportunities presented by LEDs and laser diodes. Current growth is driven by a variety of applications such as displays, signage, lighting, materials processing, UV curing, purification, sanitation, laser printing, image scanning, data recording, biotechnology, medicine, and more. PARC offers a superior combination of world-class technical expertise, fully integrated on-site development and prototyping infrastructure, and the ability to develop new processes in a commercial MOCVD reactor that are readily transferable to high-volume full-production systems. PARC expertise includes III-V compounds (e.g., GaN) and spans the IR, visible, and UV range.
Optics and Optical Systems
The basis of numerous applications ranging from photography to communication, optical science is growing and is behind many novel applications being introduced in the market every year. PARC has over 30 years of experience in developing leading-edge optical materials, devices, and systems -- and in successfully transferring them into commercial and government opportunities and applications. PARC capabilities today focus on micro- and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical system designs, prototyping, process optimization, and transfer to manufacturing.
One of PARC's strengths lies in the capability to develop practical applications based on various technology platforms. A few of the examples are a hand-held flow cytometer, a wavelength shift detector, and a continuous glucose monitor. These applications incorporate a wide range of expertise such as lasers, detectors, micro-fluidics, optical system designs, mechanical engineering, and advanced software. With a multi-disciplinary approach, PARC brings unique applications to the people in need of on-site diagnostics.
Battery Management Systems
PARC is developing a cost-effective solution for embedded high-fidelity, real-time battery sensing to provide unprecedented accuracy in measuring State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH). The development of this technology is funded by the award granted by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under the program for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED).
Hand-Held Flow Cytometer
Flow cytometry is a method commonly used in clinical and research environments to examine the characteristics of biological cells. The bio-particles are guided one-by-one through a focused laser beam with sheath fluid and are characterized by fluorescence and light scattering. However, currently available flow cytometers are large, expensive, and often located in centralized laboratories (since they require careful particle alignment with a laser beam). PARC’s novel "spatially modulated emission" technique enables a rugged, compact, and high-performance flow cytometer for on-site diagnostics at low cost as no complex optical alignment is required. Other benefits of PARC’s technique include its intrinsic tolerance for background noise, enabling it to achieve high signal-to-noise discrimination.
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