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Picometrix - Advanced Photonics - LUNA

Founded: 1992
Founder: Rob Risser, Steven Williamson (Research Scientist with CUOS, 1988-1993)
Product/Service: High-speed optical sensing devices
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Acquired By: Advanced Photonix, Inc. Mar 9, 2005

For over 15 years, Picometrix, an API company, has focused on developing and manufacturing the fastest, most sensitive, most temperature-stable, and broadest-wavelength high-speed optical receivers available. Since introducing the world's first commercially available terahertz instrument, Picometrix has also been dedicated to the continued development of this uncharted area of the electromagnetic spectrum. Our experience means we know that innovations never cease, and we’re driven by the knowledge that Picometrix products are the defacto standard in the industry not only for their leading edge technology, but also for their reliability and value. [Picometrix Website, Home]

In the News

Oct. 29, 2015

Picometrix Division of Luna Announces $7 Million Order

ROANOKE, Va.--()--Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA) today announced that its Picometrix division recently received a $7 million purchase order for its industry-leading 100G integrated coherent receivers (ICR). The ICR is critical to enable high-speed optical communication in long haul networks.

The Picometrix division of Luna manufactures and markets the fastest, most sensitive, most temperature-stable, and broadest-wavelength high-speed optical receivers (HSOR) available for both the Transmission and Test & Measurement markets.

“This order reinforces the value of our high-speed optical receiver technology to the telecommunications industry, and therefore we are pleased with the growth potential that it demonstrates for this area of our business,” said My Chung, president and chief executive officer of Luna. “Considering the continued level of deployment of new fiber optic networks, including 100G networks in Asia and North America, creating significant demand for our high-speed optical receiver and detector products, I believe we will see continued growth of this product line. Furthermore, this is strong evidence of the value that can be realized from our merger with Advanced Photonix, Inc. earlier this year.

May 8, 2015

LUNA merged with Advanced Photonix, Inc.

On May 8, 2015 the merger between Luna and Advanced Photonix, Inc. was completed. Joining forces, the combined company has a strengthened position in optical technology and looks to leverage both companies’ capabilities to grow shareholder value.

Jan 19, 2012

Picometrix Receives Development Contract

Picometrix, a subsidiary of Advanced Photonix Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., has received a follow-on $600,000 Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer government contract from NASA to further develop a CT terahertz scanner accessory for single-sided inspection of spacecraft and launch vehicle composite structures. The award encourages small businesses to partner with nonprofit research institutions to develop technologies for commercialization. For this contract, Picometrix is partnering with the University of Michigan’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department to develop a prototype for NASA over 24 months.


light wave logoMar 8, 2010

Picometrix, u2t Photonics launch CCRx MSA for 100G coherent receivers

High-speed optical components companies Picometrix LLC, an Advanced Photonix company (NYSE Amex: API), and u2t Photonics AG have completed the Compact Coherent Receiver (CCRx) multisource agreement (MSA). The MSA aims to define an industry standard, cost-effective form factor for coherent fiber-optic receivers for use in both 100G and 40G dual polarization quadrature phase-shift keying (DP-QPSK) telecommunication systems.

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upi logoDec 29, 2008

Picometrix to develop T-Ray for Air Force

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The U.S. Air Force has awarded Advanced Photonix Inc. a phase I contract to support testing and development of the company's T-Ray 4000 technology.

U.S. company Advanced Photonix says its Picometrix subsidiary was awarded a small-business innovation research phase I deal. The contract combined with Picometrix's recent phase II award from NASA are together worth $700,000.

Under the phase I SBIR contract Picometrix will support non-destructive testing and development of a computed tomography terahertz capability with the T-Ray 4000. Officials say the development of the T-Ray's terahertz capabilities will be used to support the Air Force's next-generation aircraft manufacturing.

"These two contracts support important application development activities necessary to develop the emerging market opportunities for our T-Ray 4000," Richard Kurtz, Advanced Photonix, chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"Development of the computed tomography terahertz imaging capability will expand many non-destructive testing opportunities for us to solve a broad range of quality control and process control problems on the manufacturing floor and eventually in homeland security."

@ United Press International, Inc

ann arbor news logoDec 10, 2008

New 'CSI: Miami' star: Picometrix T-Ray 4000

Detectives would envy local company's device. It can look through walls or peek through a wallet's contents. It can even see underneath a person's clothing.

Now, an Ann Arbor company's real-life technology that uses special wavelengths to see below the surface of nearly any object will help forensic investigators in the TV crime drama "CSI: Miami'' solve its latest fictional murder mystery on Monday night.

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api logoMar 9, 2005

Advanced Photonix, Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Purchase Picometrix, Inc.

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Advanced Photonix, Inc.® (AMEX:API), a leading supplier of innovative, silicon-based optoelectronic solutions to a worldwide OEM customer base, today announced that it had signed a merger agreement to acquire Picotronix Inc., a privately held company located in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing business as Picometrix. The transaction is anticipated to close in April subject to customary closing conditions, including American Stock Exchange listing of API shares to be issued in connection with the transaction.

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