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JDSU Advances Polarization Component Customization for Broad Range of Biomedical, Consumer and Instrumentation Applications

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 General News J E 4
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 21 Photonics West(Booth 1327) -- JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; and TSX: JDU) is advancing the world ofpolarization optics with today's announcement of its ability to combinethin-film and liquid crystal polymer technologies to produce high-qualitycustom birefringent components.

Drawing upon six decades of thin-film design and coatings expertise, JDSUis enabling the use of polarized light in a novel manner to create newfeatures -- not possible otherwise -- in an expanded range of markets. Thesemarkets include biomedical imaging, polarimetry and instrumentation, amongothers.

With its high degree of precision and customization, such as patterningand monolithic integration with other optical components, JDSU's new waveplatetechnology is particularly suited for use in applications requiringminiaturization, high resolution, or high contrast such as remote sensing,front projection display, confocal microscopy, optical tweezers/trapping andastronomy.

According to recent data from market research firm, iSuppli Corporation,the front projection display market has the potential to be a $7 billionmarket as the demand for lighter, sharper, brighter projectors continues togrow. JDSU already has commercialized its custom contrast enhancementproducts for the front projection display industry and is currentlyprototyping its new waveplate technology with companies in biomedicalapplications and optical data storage particularly for next generationapplications.

"JDSU's unique technology combination is opening the door to emergingapplications in laser projection, optical tweezers, confocal microscopy, andhigh density optical data storage for example-that particularly valuehigh-precision solutions," said Barry Weitzenberg, general manager of JDSU'sAdvanced Optical Technologies, Custom Optics Product Group. "This advancealso enables customers to replace two components with one, which makes theirproducts more durable, reliable and cost-effective."

"In our imaging polarimetry research using the new JDSU technology, wehave been able to observe polarization vortices and specially designed pointspread functions of very high fidelity with minimal depolarizationdemonstrating that the liquid crystal polymer technology is ready to enablemany new optics applications," said Russell Chipman, professor of OpticalSciences at the University of Arizona.

JDSU's use of liquid crystal polymer and form birefringent dielectric thinfilms delivers a high degree of customization and a large-area format whileachieving superior optical flatness. JDSU's waveplates also provide excellentmechanical and environmental durability, an important factor for applicationsin the ultraviolet and with high power lasers. And, unlike other solutions,JDSU's customized, high-quality components are also highly scalable.

Visit JDSU at Photonics West booth #1327 to view demonstrations of itscustom birefringent components.

About JDSU

JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; and TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovationin the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leadingprovider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical productsfor telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and networkequipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovativeoptical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductorprocessing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, anddecorative applications. More information is available athttp://www.jdsu.com.Contacts Press/Industry: Kathleen Greene, 408-546-5852 or kathleen.greene@jdsu.com Investors: Michelle Levine, 408-546-4421 or michelle.levine@jdsu.com

SOURCE JDSU
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