Success Stories and Testimonials
1.ISP Optics inside Gemini South Telescope in Chile
Under the NICI project, the Gemini South Telescope in Chile is taking unprecedented stunning images from earth which are outer space picture quality. ISP Optics components are part of the adaptive optics wavefront sensor system which
provides these excellent images, and 'best in the world' reputation. Follow the
at the Gemini website to see an example and learn the invaluable insight they provide.
2.ISP Optics makes Origami Optics
Isp Optics has made the September 2008 issue of
A collaboration between ISP Optics and University of San Diego student Eric
Tremblay and Distant Focus Corporation has resulted in a unique folded optic
in which high levels of magnification were squeezed into a very small, thin lens.
The program is funded by DARPA and goes by the name Montage.
3.ISP Optics in the WIYN telescope
ISP Optics supplied 10 lenses and window which were used in
In the near-IR camera that is mounted on the 3.5
meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak.
4.Joint Project of NASA, JPL and University of
The Near Infrared Coronographic Imager (NICI) will study
the origin and evolution of planetary systems by analyzing the
circumstellar environments of nearby stars. NICI is the most ambitious,
dedicated, instrumentation effort to date, to target planetary
system evolution. When combined with the new Gemini telescopes,
NICI will excel at planetary disk and low mass companion studies
extending our understanding of the formation of planetary systems
and their evolution from the earliest epochs of dusty circumstellar
disks to mature systems like our own.
5.JPL Keck Observatory
The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) will study all aspects
of planets outside our solar system: from their formation and
development in disks of dust and gas around newly forming stars
to the presence and features of those planets orbiting the nearest
stars; from the numbers at various sizes and places to their suitability
as an abode for life. By combining the high sensitivity of space
telescopes with revolutionary imaging technologies, TPF will measure
the size, temperature, and placement of planets as small as the
Earth in the habitable zones of distant solar systems. In addition,
TPF’s spectroscopy will allow atmospheric chemists and biologist
to use the relative amounts of gases like carbon dioxide, water
vapor, ozone and methane to find whether a planet someday could
or even now does support.
6.The Aerospace Corporation
The new form of prism spectrograph system is based on
aplanatic principles. The basic system is simple, comprising a
prism with two spherical refracting surfaces, both operating near
their aplanatic conjugates, and a spherical mirror operating near
its center of curvature. This form provides a flat, accessible
focal surface suitable for use with modern array detectors.
SIM spectrometer is the integral part of the Deep Impact
(DI) mission which will provide key insights into the interior
of comets previously unavailable from other missions. This will
lead to insights into the development of our solar system, and
a better understanding of comets in general; some of humankind’s
most ancient puzzles.
Detecting invisible burning gas was a difficult problem
confronting NASA. Safety officers needed a reliable detection
system to operate at the base of the space shuttle launch site
and alert them to dangerous hydrogen combustion the moment it
occurred. ISP Optics components were chosen to be the “eyes” for
thermographic IR cameras, specially designed for the watchful
9.ITT Aerospace/ Communications Division
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
(GOES) series took orbiting satellites another step. Once again,
ITT A/CD was there to advance the onboard payload instrumentation.
GOES has allowed meteorological observation to be “earth synchronous”.
By continuously surveying a particular area, like the East Coast
of the US and Caribbean , GOES has become the backbone for the
US “early warning weather system”. With the Imager’s multispectral
design and increased sensitivity it can detect temperature fluctuations,
variation in low-level moisture, track hurricanes from their inception
as tropical storms, and alert residents as high-velocity winds
approach land. In compiling such data, meteorologists are able
to issue winter storm warnings and spring snowmelt advisories
long before they take their effect.
10.Bell Lab, Riso, Ames National Lab
ISP Optics biconcave MgF2 lenses were used for the prototyping
experiments of the small-angle neutrons scattering (SANS). Around
30 lenses were placed end-to-end near the sample position of 30
m SANS instrument to focus neutrons, emanating from a circular
11.What Our Customers Are Saying About ISP Optics
The 76mm zinc selenide flats that ISP fabricated for me
proved to be first rate. Their surface figure beat my 150nm peak-to-valley
spec. by a wide margin, and the flats were thickness matched to
just four microns. It is a real pleasure to find an optics house
that delivers what they promise."
R. J. Smith, Ball Aerospace
"After I checked with several vendors, ISP quoted the lowest cost
and fastest delivery time for lithium fluoride optics. We received
our optics on time (or earlier!), and the quality is exceptional."
Greg Hurst, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"ISP quickly understood our needs and worked closely with us to
refine our drawings. The compound prism assemblies are working
well within product. ISP's construction methodology appears superior."
Tim Gardner, Eastman Kodak Company