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About CMS

Crystalline Mirror Solutions manu­factures low-noise reflective optics using a proprietary crystalline coating technology.

Crystalline Mirror Solutions was founded as a spin-off of fundamental physics research at the University of Vienna by Dr. Garrett Cole and Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer. Originally set up as an OG in 2012, the business transitioned to a GmbH structure in August 2013 and additionally founded an American subsidiary, CMS LLC, in Santa Barbara, CA. Our proprietary manufacturing process and final application area is covered by international patents, which are exclusively owned by CMS.

For more background please read Dr. Garrett Cole’s blog on “Crystalline Supermirrors – from concept to reality”


  • 2007/08 Confirmation of the low mechanical loss of GaAs/AlGaAs multilayers
  • 2012 Crystalline Mirror Solutions OG founded as spin-off of the University of Vienna and the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ)
  • 2012 Pre-Seed financing by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws)
  • 2013 Crystalline Mirror Solutions OG transitions to CMS GmbH
  • 2013 Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC founded in Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2013 Publication of “Tenfold reduction of Brownian noise in high-reflectivity optical coatings” in Nature Photonics
  • 2013 Seed financing by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws)
  • 2014 CMS reaches the finals of the Houska Prize (B&C Privatstiftung)
  • 2014 CMS reaches the semi-finals of the “SPIE Startup Challenge“ of the Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, CA USA.
  • 2014 CMS wins the GEWINN Young Entrepreneurs Award 2014 (category: High-Tech) supported by the BMWF
  • 2015 CMS wins the 2015 "Innovation Award" and the 2015 “Young Enterprise Award” of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (Germany)
  • 2015 CMS wins the 2015 Vienna Startup Award
  • 2015 CMS wins the 2015 Born Global Champion Award
  • 2015 LIGHT2015 Young Entrepreneur in Photonics Award goes to Dr. Garrett Cole
  • 2016 CMS establishes its epitaxy section near Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2016 Leibinger Innovationspreis for Dr. Garrett Cole and Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
  • 2016 2nd place in the European Photonics Start-up Challenge
  • 2017 Prism Award 2017 for xtal mir™
  • 2017 3rd place in the STARTUP WORLD at the LASER World of Photonics

President of the Advisory Board

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer



  • Dr. Garrett Cole

    Co-Founder, CEO


Map of Locations
  • Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC

    Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC

    114 E Haley St., Suite G
    Santa Barbara,
    CA 93101, USA

  • Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH

    Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH

    Lehargasse 1
    1060 Vienna

  • Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH<br>Section Epitaxy

    Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH
    Section Epitaxy

    c/o IBM-Research Laboratory Zurich
    Saeumerstrasse 4
    8803 Rueschlikon

Collaborations and Funding