Thin Films Division of Ocean Optics forms new company

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The Thin Films Division of Ocean Optics has become a separate company known as Ocean Thin Films. The company will design and manufacture dichroic filters and precision optics for scientific, biomedical and defence applications, metrology and entertainment technology.

Established in 1999 as a division within Ocean Optics, Ocean Thin Films designs and produces high-volume dichroic optical filters, which are used to selectively transmit light according to its wavelength. These precision filters and other optical components can be integrated into applications such as colour-changing light for architectural and entertainment installations, CCD camera and spectral imaging for scientific instrumentation, and targeting for defence applications. In November 2008, Ocean Thin Films acquired the Golden, Colorado operation of Oerlikon Optics USA, which bolstered the company's offering in optical components and subassemblies.

'We are excited by the challenges and opportunities of operating as our own company,' said Phil Buchsbaum, president of Ocean Thin Films. 'With the additional expertise and capacity the Oerlikon acquisition affords us, plus recent expansion of our Florida facility, we are ready to hit the ground running with a new generation of quality, innovative optical and thin film products for a diverse range of industries.'

Ocean Thin Films has 110 employees, with locations in Golden, Colorado and a recently expanded 30,000-square-foot facility in Largo, Florida. The group utilises advanced lithography equipment and vacuum deposition systems to provide optimal patterned solutions for both production and prototype optical systems.