Go to content Go to navigation

Redefining precision laser optics.

News

Sign up for our newsletter

Meet us at CLEO 2017 in San Jose I May 16-19th, Booth #1637

CMS is thrilled to once again be participating in the 2017 edition of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose, California. During the conference we will be exhibiting at the CLEO:EXPO from May 16th to the 18th. Please visit us at booth #1637 to see our mirrors and hear why crystalline coatings are rapidly becoming the gold standard in optical interference coatings.

In addition to the display and booth, our very own Dr. Garrett Cole is co-organizing a special session on Thermal Noise in Precision Interferometry, to be held Friday, May 19th. This symposium aims to outline the state-of-the-art in the field, describing the impact of thermal noise processes on applications including quantum optomechanical systems, cavity QED experiments, narrow-linewidth lasers for optical clocks, and, most prominently, gravitational wave detector design. The symposium will serve to educate interested parties on the fundamental scientific aspects, as well as implications for advanced applications in precision metrology, outlining opportunities for materials scientists, physicists, and optical engineers interested in pursuing basic research efforts and the development of components and systems with reduced thermal noise.

Be sure to mark your calendar, and we look forward to meeting you!

Meet us at Laser World of Photonics in Munich I 25-29th June; Booth # B1.619

The largest exhibition for the international photonics industry meets every second year in Munich, and we are honored to participate for the second time in June 2017. As we reflect on the current status of CMS when compared with our initial exhibit in Munich in 2015, we are extremely proud of our development over these last two years.

Since 2015, we have more than doubled in size and have significantly expanded our capabilities and product offerings. We have also been honored to receive a number of prestigious awards, with highlights including the Leibinger Innovation Award in 2016 and the 2017 Prism Award in the Materials and Coatings category for our low-loss mid-infrared coating technology. Continued technical progress has enabled unforeseen scientific advancements, with our xtal stable™ optics now capable of cavity finesse levels exceeding 300,000 in the near infrared and our mid-IR mirrors (xtal MIR™) enabling new discoveries in chemical kinetics. We can now achieve a reflectivity greater than 99.99% from 900-5000 nm for crystalline coatings on a variety of substrate materials, with coating diameters up to 20 cm and a radius of curvature as tight as 10 cm. These advanced optics are now employed by leading university groups, national laboratories, and industrial customers all over the world.

During the exhibition from June 26th through 29th, we would like to invite you to visit us at our booth, #619 in hall B1, to explore the opportunities for developing cutting-edge optics for your application. We look forward to this exhibition and will be available for meetings. Contact us to schedule discussions with Dr. Mark White, our Head of Sales, and our Co-Founder Dr. Garrett Cole.

Additionally, CMS is presenting or participating in four scientific talks during the week. Please see below for more detailed information.

Be sure to visit one of our talks:

Mid-Infrared Crystalline Mirrors with Ultralow Optical Losses:
25th June 16:30-16:45 h, Hall A3 Room “Newton 2” (A32)
Speaker: Christoph Deutsch (Crystalline Mirror Solutions)
Chair: Nikitas Papasimakis (University of Southampton)

High Finesse Semiconductor Supermirrors:
29th June; 9:30-9:45 h, ICM ground floor Room 1
Speaker: Garrett Cole (Crystalline Mirror Solutions)
Chair: Markus Arndt (University of Vienna)

Peak-power Scaling of Femtosecond SESAM-modelocked Yb:Lu2O3 Thin-disk Lasers:
26th June 12:15-12.30 h, Hall B1 Room “Einstein” (B11)
Speaker: Ivan J. Graumann
Chair: Kjeld Eikema (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and ARCNL)

Ultrastable Lasers Based On Low Thermal Noise Optical Resonators:
29th June 9:15-9:30 h, ICM Ground floor Room 1
Speaker: Thomas Legero (Physikalisch-technische Bundesanstalt (PTB))
Chair: Markus Arndt (University of Vienna)

Tecnet equity and I.E.C.T.-Hermann Hauser strengthen the investor circle led by the aws Gründerfonds

We are excited to announce an additional investment by Tecnet equity and I.E.C.T.-Hermann Hauser. Tecnet equity and I.E.C.T.-Hermann Hauser now supplement the already strong investor circle around the aws Gründerfonds, which led our Series A investment round in 2016. “With the help of our investors, we will be able to set up a research and production unit at the IST-Austria site in Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria and to enhance our international market access,” says Christian Pawlu, CEO of CMS. With access to state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities at IST, CMS is now finds itself in an ideal position for expansion of our production capabilities. “We are pleased to be part of the strong investor team that supports CMS in international growth”, said Doris Agneter, CEO of tecnet equity.

2017 Prism Award for xtal mir™

CMS is delighted that our xtal mir™ mid-IR semiconductor supermirrors have been selected as the winner of the 2017 Prism Award in the Materials + Coatings category.

This award, also known as the “Photonics Oscar,” was presented by SPIE & Photonics Media on February 1, 2017 in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco during a gala with all finalists and other industry members in attendance. The CMS team was thrilled to have been chosen as the winners in our category and are extremely proud of this recognition!

CMS sends our heartfelt congratulations to the other award winners and finalists from this outstanding event.

Our xtal mir product line stands alone as the only solution for ultrahigh reflectivity mirrors in the mid-infrared spectral region.

These mirrors were recently employed as key components of a groundbreaking experiment that unlocked the fundamental reaction kinetics of the deuterated hydroxyl molecule, OD, and carbon monoxide, CO. This work was published in the October 28, 2016 issue of Science.

Meet CMS at Photonics West in San Francisco, January 28 – February 2, 2017

We invite you to meet CMS at Photonics West in San Francisco. Hear about mid-IR research findings on Monday, and then visit the CMS team at Booth #2716 during the exhibition to discuss our rapidly evolving crystalline coating technology, performace, and product offerings. Co-founder and CTO Dr. Garrett Cole and the Head of R&D, Dr. Christoph Deutsch will be available for conversations.

On Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:45 am, please attend the presentation, “Mid-infrared crystalline supermirrors with ultralow optical absorption” given by the first-author Dr. Christoph Deutsch. The talk is located in room 133 (N. Exhibit Level) during Session 2 of Conference 10090, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XIX.

We are availbale for discussions throughout the conference. Send us an email to make an appointment or come by our booth. We look forward to seeing you there.

Series A financing for CMS

Crystalline Mirror Solutions (CMS), the global leader of ultra-high reflecting and fundamentally low-noise crystalline supermirrors, announced Series A financing led by the Founders Fund (Gründerfonds) of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft (aws).

Dr. Christian Pawlu, CEO of CMS, said, “We are delighted to receive the distinction of being funded by the aws Founders Fund. Our technology pushes the boundaries of scientific research and enables innovative industrial advancements. The investment will be used to broaden R&D efforts and expand the production capabilities for our Semiconductor Supermirrors.”

The official aws announcement can be read in German here.

2017 Prism Awards finalist!

CMS is delighted that our xtal mir mid-IR supermirrors have been selected as one of three finalists in the Materials and Coatings category of the 2017 Prism Awards. This award will be presented by SPIE & Photonics Media on February 1, 2017 in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California. A list of all finalists in all categories can be found at the Prism Awards website. The CMS team is extremely proud of this recognition!

Our xtal mir product line stands alone as the only solution for ultrahigh reflectivity mirrors in the mid-infrared spectral region. These mirrors were recently employed as key components of a groundbreaking experiment that unlocked the fundamental reaction kinetics of the deuterated hydroxyl molecule, OD, and carbon monoxide, CO. This work was published in the October 28, 2016 issue of Science.

lightorangefinalistbox

Crystalline supermirrors enable physical chemistry breakthrough

Together with collaborators from JILA and Caltech we are proud to announce an exciting new demonstration of ultralow-loss mid-infrared mirrors using our proprietary crystalline coating process.

Published in the October 28, 2016 issue of Science, as part of a collaboration including researchers from JILA (a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), low-loss mid-infrared mirrors manufactured by CMS were used to study an elusive short-lived intermediate compound that is crucial for processes relevant to earth and planetary sciences, the burning of fossil fuels, as well as the impact of such reactions on our environment.

In these experiments, researchers from Jun Ye’s group at JILA exploited mid-infrared direct frequency comb spectroscopy, employing an enhancement cavity with 3.7 µm crystalline supermirrors provided by CMS, in order to probe the reaction kinetics of the deuterated hydroxyl molecule, OD, and carbon monoxide, CO.

Given their impressively low levels of optical losses when compared with evaporated or sputtered multilayers, the crystalline supermirrors supplied by CMS enabled a tenfold enhancement in the detection sensitivity of this cutting-edge spectroscopy experiment, allowing for the first direct observation of trans-DOCO under thermal reaction conditions.

Follow the link here to view the manuscript.

bildschirmfoto-2016-10-28-um-10-58-15

Is Austria emerging as Europe’s best-kept secret for startups?

CMS was honored to have been included in a “shortlist” of internationally-recognized Austrian startups in a recent article on ZDNet, a prominent business technology news website. The feature, by Federico Guerrini, covers the “under the radar” nature of the innovation ecosystem in Austria, with the contention that the country, though lagging behind some of its more prominent neighbors, may be emerging as Europe’s best-kept secret for startups. It’s an interesting read, highlighting the pros and cons of the local tech and investment environment and we encourage everyone to check it out:

ZD Net: October 28, 2016: Location, funding, skills: Is this country Europe’s best-kept secret for startups?

http://zdnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2016/10/27/8f94f039-5544-4c17-8daf-490dcef6c5a7/resize/770xauto/262b3329c0ff06668dbbf7ca1d6789e2/austriapioneers20160525-2028-sebastian-kreuzberger-slk7087.jpg

image: Sebastian Kreuzberger/Pioneers.io

CMS wins 2nd prize in the European Photonics Start-up Challenge!

On October 13, 2016, CMS was given the opportunity to pitch at the European Photonics Start-up Challenge in Berlin, Germany, and was ultimately selected as one of three winners from seven finalists.

The event took place in the course of the Micro-Photonics Conference, an exhibition and conference focusing on Micro-, Nano-, and Biophotonics, taking place for the second time this year.

Our CEO Dr. Christian Pawlu was given three minutes to present the details of our company and product offerings in front of an audience consisting of experts from industry and academia, as well as a panel of expert jurors. The presentations were evaluated based on innovation, pitch performance, and market opportunity. At the end of the day, the jury was convinced of the great possibilities and innovation in our crystalline supermirrors, and we were awarded the second prize.

Besides the excitement of the competition, the conference was an excellent opportunity to meet with people from the European photonics sector and to learn about a variety of inspiring new ventures in the course of the pitch challenge.

unbenannt