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NanoOpto Introduces SubWave™ Phase Management Optical Components
“Optical Building Blocks” are the latest product realization
of NanoOpto’s modular nano-optic component technology
New Jersey. September 9, 2002. NanoOpto Corp.,
which is applying proprietary nano-optics and nano-manufacturing
technology to design and manufacture components for optical networking,
announced today availability of their newest products, the SubWave
Phase Management family of optical components. This product family
consists of Low Retardance, Standard, and Specialty waveplates.
NanoOpto’s SubWave Waveplates address a broad range
of optical component and sub-module design applications in telecommunications
and data communications, including optical signal conditioning and
optical switching. NanoOpto will demonstrate applications
of SubWave Waveplates at the National Fiber Optic Engineering Conference
(NFOEC 2002), September 15-19, in Dallas, TX. Samples will be available
for customer trial this month.
SubWave Waveplate is an optical chip wherein the interaction of
light with specially tailored nano-scale structures creates a phase
retardance effect. By manipulation of the sizes of the nano-structures,
this approach creates three classes of waveplates:
- Low Retardance Waveplates. True zero-order waveplates with highly accurate retardance of l/30, 1/40, thru 1/120 of a wavelength and smaller.
- Standard Waveplates. True zero-order half (1/2), quarter (1/4), and eighth (1/8) waveplates.
- Custom Waveplates. True zero-order waveplates at customer selected retardance that allows accurate compensation for phase shifts in optical components.
All of the
SubWave Waveplates have high optical accuracy, extremely low thermal
dependence, high damage thresholds, and are available in sizes ranging
from 1 square millimeter up to 10s of square millimeters. The standard
device thickness is either 0.5 mm or 0.2 mm. All of the SubWave
Waveplates are available in identical form factors and automated
assembly operations can be readily applied.
stand-alone optical component, the SubWave Waveplates deliver excellent
optical performance, ease of design integration, and ease of assembly,”
said Hubert Kostal, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at NanoOpto.
“Equally exciting, however, is the path we are on to integrate
the waveplate ‘optical building block’ with other modular
nano-optics, such as our SubWave Polarization Beam Splitter, which
was announced in March 2002 and is now generally available. By integrating
these optical functions onto a single, cost effective, optical chip,
NanoOpto will continue to reduce design, manufacturing, and
overall systems costs for our customers and partners.”
NanoOpto Corp. is applying proprietary nano-optic and nano-manufacturing
technology to design and make components for optical networking.
Based on 20 years of research, the company’s subwavelength
scale nano-optic design capability combined with nano-imprint manufacturing
technologies delivers optical components that allow more rapid prototyping,
higher performance, and lower overall system cost. Both on its own
and with corporate partners, NanoOpto will use patented nano-optic
and nano-imprint technologies to produce better conventional optical
components and also to create new classes of modular, readily integrated,
nano-optic components. The company has received financial backing
from leading venture capitalists and is based in Somerset, New Jersey.
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