Wasatch Photonics launches 1300-nm optical coherence tomography system

November 15, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., LOGAN, Utah, DURHAM, N.C. - A new system from an optical imaging company could provide unique contrast and deeper sub-surface imaging than competitive techniques. The system could be used in the fields of material inspection and medical diagnosis, including cardiovascular and dermatological research, leading to faster and more accurate analyses.

Wasatch Photonics Inc. has created a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography system in the 1300-nm wavelength range. The Utah-based firm has locations in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and Purdue Research Park.

"The new system in the 1300-nm range is a result of our continued commitment to optical coherence tomography," said Mike Sullivan, general manager of Wasatch Photonics. "Our spectrometers and 800-nm systems have been successful beyond our expectations. We have developed this equally effective solution in the 1300-nm wavelength range to strengthen our commitment to help the optical coherence tomography community."

Sullivan said the company's new system uses a broadband light source and high-efficiency spectrometers. Other systems use a laser to generate images.

"Despite the advantages of fewer moving parts and simpler electronics, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography systems have not been widely employed at 1300 nanometers, mainly due to lack of suitable spectrometers in this range," Sullivan said. "Our core strengths in spectrometer and high-throughput grating designs allowed us to provide this solution."

Nishant Mohan, director of product management at Wasatch Photonics, said the new system showcases the company's abilities.

"It brings together our strengths in optical engineering, software development and manufacturing demonstrated in earlier generations of 800-nm systems," he said. "A commercially available 1300-nm engine that can operate at the rate of 70 kilohertz A-lines should open several new applications for optical coherence tomography."

About Wasatch Photonics Inc.

Founded in 2002, Wasatch Photonics Inc. designs, manufactures and markets high-performance Raman spectrometers, Optical Coherence Tomography systems, and enhanced holographic optics for optical networking, spectroscopy, test and measurement, and medical imaging applications. Their high-performance Volume Holographic Optic Elements and gratings are used in a diverse set of industries, including those in the defense and security, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical, energy, education, computer, and electronics markets. Their products are based on proprietary holographic recording media and Dickson grating technologies.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 240 companies that employ about 4,500 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

Source: Mike Sullivan, 919-544-7785, oct@wasatchphotonics.com

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