Ibsen Photonics employee receives prestigious award for PING gratings

Press Release – Copenhagen – November 24th, 2006.

Ibsen Photonics employee receives prestigious award from the Danish Optical Society for development of Ibsen’s polarization independent, fused silica telecom gratings.

At an award ceremony yesterday, Johan Holm of Ibsen Photonics was presented with the yearly DOPS prize, an annual prize given to an individual whose contribution to the Danish optics field has been of unique quality and importance.

The award was given to Johan Holm for his efforts and results in connection with the development and commercialization of Ibsen’s PING gratings – polarization independent gratings whose main application area is telecom ROADM/WSS modules. These gratings offer unprecedented high efficiency and low PDL over a very broad bandwidth and furthermore with unique thermal and environmental stability due to their fused silica nature.

Kent E. Mattsson, NKT Research, Chairman of the DOPS prize committee explains: “Denmark has a notably large number of companies and research institutes within photonics that are renowned throughout the world for their research and products being of highest quality.” He continues: “We are proud to support the companies and institutes in this field by once again presenting this DOPS prize to an individual whose efforts continue to keep Denmark at the forefront of photonics.”

Kristian Buchwald, Grating Product manager at Ibsen remarks: “Johan Holm has not only developed a novel grating technology, he has also devised a manufacturing technology that allows us to produce gratings in high volumes with cost-efficient semiconductor processing technologies.” He observes: “This benefits our telecom customers with competitive pricing as the ROADM/WSS module market continues it’s impressive growth.”

Torben Jacobsen, President and CEO of Ibsen, comments: “Ibsen – and Johan – embarked on this product development journey in 2000 to meet the growing needs from telecom ROADM/WSS manufacturers for better gratings.” He adds: “We have also incorporated the PING gratings into our I-MON FBG Senor System Interrogation Monitors, where the PING gratings are instrumental in our capabilities to offer very compact, high speed narrow-band spectrometers with high resolution.”

About Ibsen Photonics

Ibsen Photonics is a leader in Phase masks and transmission gratings for a wide range of telecom, sensing and laser markets. The grating technology is leveraged in Ibsen’s optical spectrometer modules for FBG sensor interrogation systems and telecom DWDM networks. Ibsen Photonics furthermore is pursuing partnerships in other industries to expand their high-resolution spectrometer platform based on Ibsen pure fused silica holographic diffraction gratings.

For further information contact:

Kristian Buchwald
Ibsen Photonics A/S
Phone: +45 44347000
kristian.buchwald@ibsen.dk

http://www.ibsenphotonics.com htt://www.dops.dk

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