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About New York Photonics

We’re all on the same wavelength here: YOURS. Responsible for world-changing technologies like television, instant copying, fiber optics and consumer photography, New York businesses and research centers are now developing—and exporting around the world—breakthrough applications for adaptive optics, high-speed communications, geo-spatial imaging, photonic computing, nanolithography, and biomedical imaging. Look to New York Photonics organization for problem solving and a collaborative ethic that maintains rigorous standards and understands the importance of speed to market.

New York Photonics: Where entrepreneurial vision meets next-edge research.

New York has hundreds of optics, photonics and imaging companies clustered into active regional collaborations. These regions are home to hundreds of organizations and companies that can deliver complete R&D, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities providing you with synergy and efficiency.


Bausch & Lomb, Corning, Kodak and Xerox, make this region a research and manufacturing hub, rich with knowledge, experience and innovation in optics manufacturing, metrology and imaging. It is supported by the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Infotonics Technology Center.


University of Buffalo’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics develops new materials and technologies with a special emphasis on Opto-Biotechnology and Optical Communications. The region is home to a diverse base of optics manufacturers, distributors and instrumentation companies.


Syracuse, Ithaca and Rome are home to photonic firms serving the aerospace, healthcare and optics industries—including companies such as Lockheed Martin, Welch Allyn and EMF Corporation. The area also boasts the Cornell Center for Materials Research—focused on advanced materials structured at the nanoscale.


The Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies at the University of Albany has over 150 partners worldwide and houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for both 8” and 12” wafers. The center is also focused on next generation nanolithography. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automation Technologies and Systems is developing real-time control of optics for applications in imaging and laser beam forming.


Coherent (originally Quantronix Corporation) offers customers worldwide hundreds of laser systems. In addition, Coherent is working with City University of New York to create its high-energy titanium sapphire amplifier systems—creating a pump laser that provides high-output energy and excellent beam quality. The area is invigorated by educational and research programs at Stony Brook and Brookhaven—leading firms such as Amplification Technologies, Electro Optical Products Corporation, Spectrum Thin Films, Tecoptics, and Veeco have located there.

Rochester Board of Directors

Christopher Cotton, ASE Optics an RPO Company

Paul Ballentine, University of Rochester CEIS

Michael Bechtold, Optipro

Brian Carroll, The Superior Group

Julian Goldstein, Navitar

John Hart, Lumetrics

John Herbrand Esq.



Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems

Mike Richardson, Rochester Institute of Technology

Neal Slifkin, Harris Beach

Chuck Synborski, XACTIV

Paul Tolley, University at Albany College of Nanoscale Systems Engineering STC MEMS


Tom Battley, Executive Director
RRPC and New York Photonics