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New CMS location for epitaxial growth in Rüschlikon, Switzerland

We are thrilled to announce that CMS has now established our own “in-house” epitaxial growth capabilities. High quality epitaxial multilayers are of course a key component in the construction of our substrate-transferred crystalline coatings, and it is our aim to push the ultimate limits of the achievable optical and mechanical properties in these semiconductor heterostructures. Our epitaxy team will be located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, operating within the campus of IBM Research – Zurich. The laboratory is home to world-class scientists representing more than 45 nationalities. Cutting-edge research and outstanding scientific achievements, most notably two Nobel Prizes, are associated with this lab. This bustling scientific environment is an ideal location to further advance our novel coating technology.


International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics I Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2016

Our Co-Founder and CTO, Dr. Garrett Cole, will be presenting an invited talk at the upcoming International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, taking place in Long Beach, California from October 31 – November 3, 2016.

At the conference, Garrett will be providing an overview of our novel coating technology, with an aptly titled presentation, “High-Performance Crystalline Coatings for Narrow-Linewidth Lasers and Ultrastable Interferometers.”

We look forward to participating in this exciting event!

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CMS at CLEO:2016 I June 7-9, 2016

CMS is thrilled to once again be participating in the 2016 edition of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) at the San Jose Convention Center in beautiful downtown San Jose, California. During the conference we will be exhibiting at the CLEO:EXPO from June 7th to the 9th, be sure to visit us at to booth #2231 to hear why crystalline coatings are rapidly becoming the gold standard in optical interference coatings.

We will also be participating in the technical conference, describing recent “Advancements in Substrate-Transferred Crystalline Coatings,” on Monday, June 6, 2016, at 12:15 PM in the session on Fabrication Methods (SM2R.8).

Click on the image below to find out everything you need to know about attending CLEO 2016.


CMS at GWADW 2016, Elba, Italy I May 22-28, 2016

CMS will once again be participating in the annual Gravitational Wave Advanced Detector Workshop (GWADW). The 2016 edition of this event runs from Sunday, 22 May 2016 to Saturday, 28 May 2016 at the Hotel Hermitage, La Biodola, Isola d’Elba, Italy. Our CTO Garrett Cole will be presenting as part of the Thermal noise & coatings workshop on Friday May 27th at 3:30 PM. This year’s workshop should be extremely exciting given the recent confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves via the the detection of the merger of two stellar mass black holes. The aim of the workshop is to explore plans for upgrades to existing systems as well as the design of future generations of gravitational wave detectors.

Click on the image below to see the full agenda of the conference.

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“Einstein, Lasers And Supermirrors”

We are absolutely ecstatic that Crystalline Mirror Solutions has been featured in the lead article in the Science & Technology Section of the May 2016 edition of METROPOLE magazine. METROPOLE is a new English language publication focused on expats living in Vienna, Austria. The article, by Roxanne Powell, reports both on the history of CMS as a spin-off of the University of Vienna, as well as our expanding role in the development of high-performance optical coatings together with scientists from the laser interferometer gravitational-wave detector (LIGO). The ultimate aim of these efforts is to supply next-generation optics for gravitational wave (GW) observatories, which now provide a new view on the universe, as demonstrated in the recent observation of binary black hole merger.

Click on the picture below to download a pdf version of the full article:

METROPOLE full article
METROPOLE magazine

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CMS at IFCS, New Orleans I May 9-12, 2016

On May 12, 2016 from 11:50 AM to 12:10 PM, Garrett Cole, CTO of Crystalline Mirror Solutions, will be presenting at the 2016 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The presentation, entitled, “300,000 Finesse Crystalline Coatings at 1542 nm for an Ultrastable Reference Cavity” will be part of the Symposium on Optical Metrology and Applications (C1L-A).

We look forward to meeting with our customers and collaborators at this exciting event!

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CMS nominated for the 2016 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis

CMS has been nominated for and now selected as a finalist of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2016 together with the University of Vienna for its Substrate-Transferred Crystalline Coating Technology.

Dr. Garrett Cole and Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer will be attending the Jury Session on May 25 in Ditzingen, Germany, where they will have the opportunity to present their research and development work, detail the outstanding achievements of CMS, and outline the market prospects of our disruptive coating technology before a panel of judges.

The Jury will ultimately decide on three winning entries in September 2016.

We are thrilled to have been nominated for this prestigious award and look forward to attending this inspiring event to learn more about the other finalists and their innovative ideas!

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CMS at SPIE.Defense and Commercial Sensing | April 17 – 21, 2016

For the first time in its 40 year history, CMS attended the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing (DCS) Conference. Held in Baltimore, MD from the 17th to the 21st of April 2016, DCS is the world’s leading technical conference and exhibition on sensors, optics, imaging, lasers, and related areas for defense, security, industry, and the environment. As promised, the meeting offered key opportunities for information exchange, business development, vendor and project networking, and professional development. At the meeting CMS participated in both the exhibition (booth 1139), as well as presenting in the technical conference, where our CTO Dr. Garrett Cole gave a presentation on “Low-loss crystalline coatings for the near- and mid-infrared,” on Monday, April 18th in the conference on Advanced Optics for Defense Applications:
UV through LWIR [9822-41].


New publication outlining the enhanced features of crystalline coatings!

Follow the links below to learn more about the latest technical advancements with our crystalline coatings in a newly published pre-print, “High-performance near- and mid-infrared crystalline coatings.” Highlights include the realization of parts-per-million (ppm) levels of optical losses in the near infrared, with the direct measurement of sub-ppm absorption in our coatings, enabling the construction of a 25-cm long 1550 nm optical reference cavity with a finesse of 300,000. Moreover, we describe the results on our first prototype mid-infrared reflectors (center wavelengths of 3.3 and 3.7 μm) that have already achieved state-of-the-art optical performance in this rapidly evolving wavelength region.

Click here to download the full article from the arXiv.


Congratulations to our friends at LIGO!

In the course of their initial science run, the advanced LIGO interferometers have realized a milestone in astronomy and fundamental physics, with the first direct confirmation of Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves. Being an integral part of his theory of general relativity, which just celebrated its centenary anniversary, these ripples in the fabric of space time have now been experimentally confirmed through the observation of a cataclysmic event in our universe, namely of the merger of two black holes with masses in the 30 solar mass range. This measurement was (nearly) simultaneously realized by scientists at the two gravitational-wave observatories in the US, operating in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana. These ultra-precise interferometers are capable of sub-attometer displacement resolution over a kilometer length scale, capable of sensing the fleeting and miniscule stretching and compression of space time with the passing of a gravitational wave.

According to Professor Gregg Harry of American University, a long-standing member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, “The detection of gravitational waves by LIGO required world-class optics made through a close collaboration of academic and industrial scientists. I am excited to continue my work with Crystalline Mirror Solutions to develop improved optical coatings for use in future gravitational wave detectors. Better coatings will allow for higher sensitivity to gravitational waves and further exciting discoveries in gravitational astronomy.”

CMS would like to congratulate all of our collaborators involved in this effort, as well as the entirety of the dedicated scientific, engineering, and support staff of LIGO. We are extremely proud to act as an external collaborator in this gargantuan undertaking. Going forward, we hope to further contribute to this exciting new field of astronomy through the development of advanced ultrastable and low-noise crystalline coatings, which we hope will find application in the next generation of gravitational-wave observatories.


Click here for a short article published by the University of Vienna, covering LIGOs phenomenal discovery, furthermore CMS and its long tradition in research on gravitational waves.

CMS Press Release (in English)

CMS Pressemitteilung (in German)