Crystalline Mirror Solutions


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

Founded in Vienna, Austria in 2013, Crystalline Mirror Solutions is a spin-off of the University of Vienna and the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology. CMS has since expanded to include sites in Santa Barbara, California and Zurich, Switzerland. Single-crystal semiconductor supermirrors are a proprietary technology pioneered by CMS and protected by international patents. The application space of our novel coating technology spans optical components for ultraprecise optical clocks, precision interferometry, spectroscopy, as well as solutions for thermal management in high-power lasers and laser machining systems. In addition to the Prism Award, CMS has received a number of high-profile technology awards such as the Leibinger Innovation Award and the AMA Innovation Award, as well as various national and international start-up prizes. The mid-infrared supermirror technology developed by CMS and employed in these efforts is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws).

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Jörg Nowack

CEO of Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH (Austria)

Jörg Nowack graduated in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and in Micro- and Optoelectronics Engineering from the Grenoble National Polytechnical Institute in France. After starting his career in R&D at Philips and completing an MBA at the Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School in Belgium (with an exchange program at the University of California, Irvine in the USA), he subsequently held positions at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, at Hitachi as Head of Group Business Development Europe, and at TT Electronics as VP Strategy. His functional expertise and experience, developed over his 20 years career with a strong focus on industrial tech type businesses, include international business development, new venture creation, innovation management, strategic planning, and market intelligence. Jörg Nowack joined CMS in early 2018 as Group CEO and is also Managing Director of CMS’s Austrian entity, Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH. Together with Garrett Cole, he forms the executive leadership team of the company.

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Dr. Garrett Cole

CMS Co-Founder and CEO of Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC (USA)

Garrett D. Cole obtained his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Since completing his doctorate, he has held positions ranging from the first employee of a high-tech startup (Aerius Photonics LLC, now FLIR Electro-Optical Components), to a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Marie Curie Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. Leveraging his expertise in micro- and nanofabrication, tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, and cavity optomechanics, Dr. Cole developed the proprietary substrate-transfer process at the heart of Crystalline Mirror Solutions and, along with Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, co-founded the venture in February 2012.

CMS Advisory Board


Our highly esteemed members of the CMS Advisory Board:

- Markus Aspelmeyer (Co-Founder and President)

- Martin Komischke (Vice President)

- Herman Hauser (Entrepreneur)

- Ralf Kunzmann (Managing Director at aws Gründerfonds)

- Jürgen Milde-Ennöckl (Investment Manager at tecnet equity)

- Wayne Rosing (Engineering Manager and founder of Las Cumbres Observatory)

- Hubert Schuhleitner (CEO of Schuhleitner Management Consulting)


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    Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH

    Production Site
    Am Campus 1
    3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria
    +43 1 306 582 8100

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    Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH

    Lehargasse 1
    1060 Vienna, Austria
    +43 1 306 582 8100

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    Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC

    114 E Haley Street, Suite G
    Santa Barabara, CA 93101
    +1 805-899-1711

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