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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Leibinger Innovationspreis for Dr. Garrett Cole and Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer – watch the video!

CMS would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to our co-founders Dr. Garrett Cole and Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer for being honored with the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis for 2016! The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize recognizes researchers and developers who break new ground in laser science and engineering. Since its inception in 2000, this prestigious prize has been awarded every two years for outstanding work on the application or generation of laser light.

On May 25th, the pair traveled to Ditzingen, Germany, where they had the opportunity to present the technical and commercial aspects of their disruptive crystalline coating technology before an esteemed panel of judges. The jury, consisting of an international team of scientific luminaries, was then faced with the arduous task of choosing three winners out of eight extraordinary finalists. Ultimately the substrate-transferred crystalline coating technology at the heart of CMS was selected for the second prize in this year’s competition.

Following a summer of preparation, the prizes were ultimately awarded on September 9, 2016 in Ditzingen, Germany at a wonderful ceremony attended by roughly 650 guests! It was an exciting event celebrating the extraordinary achievements of all prizewinners and the great success of our co-founders.

In the course of the event the Leibinger Stiftung presented a short video, featuring both Markus and Garrett and outlining the details and historical timeline of their idea – be sure to check it out here:

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Focus on Dr. Garrett Cole

As a sneak preview of his upcoming invited talk at the Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) Meeting, part of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress held in Heidelberg, Germany from the 25th to the 28th of July 2016, our CTO, Dr. Garrett Cole, was interviewed for The Optical Society Blog.

Among other topics, in the interview Garrett describes his current work at CMS, in addition to his personal motivation and passion for optical science and entrepreneurship.

Be sure to check out the full interview here.

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High-performance near- and mid-infrared crystalline coatings

A new paper entitled, “High-performance near- and mid-infrared crystalline coatings” – covering our recent work on the improved performance of crystalline coatings – has been published in the June 2016 edition of Optica.

In this publication we outline the key advantages of our newly developed crystalline coating technology, and demonstrate that such coatings have now reached a level of performance on-par with, or even exceeding, state-of-the-art near-IR and mid-IR mirrors based on IBS-deposited dielectric multilayers. Key advantages of crystalline coatings include drastically reduced Brownian noise, high transparency in the mid-IR (measured here for wavelengths between 3 and 4 ), as well as a >30-fold enhancement in thermal conductivity (∼30 Wm-1K-1 for GaAs/AlGaAs multilayers versus ∼1 Wm-1K-1 for amorphous metal oxides).

We were honored to have our work accepted and published in OSA’s new publication, Optica. Optica has recently garnered notoriety as an open-access journal that focuses on the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in both fundamental and applied optics and photonics. We are happy to be featured along with numerous other renowned institutions, as Optica finds its place as a dedicated venue for authors in these quickly evolving fields.

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