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October 13, 2016

Brimrose Awarded BIRD Foundation Grant for New Hyperspectral Imager for Oil Spill Detection

Sparks, MD—The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, a program funded by the U.S. and Israeli governments, has awarded Brimrose Corporation and Israeli partner File X an $800,000 two-year grant to develop a new generation of hyperspectral imagers. One potential application is identifying oil spills in the ocean.

The joint program, entitled "Real-Time AOTF-based Hyperspectral Imaging System for Pollution Detection," relies heavily on foundational technology Brimrose has developed over the years using its Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) technology, which offers incredibly fast wavelength scanning speeds of up to 16,000 wavelengths per second, yet has the ability to precisely focus in on one wavelength.

File X, based in Ness Ziona, Israel, is providing advanced software for the project, which will allow the new instrument to match the real-time wavelength image with images from a data base built into it.

Oil pollution is an enormous global problem. The ability to rapidly identify an oil spill, and then quickly contain it, is critical. This is a primary goal of the unit being developed for the program.

There are some 20,000 oil spills reported in the United States alone on an annual basis, according to the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation. An estimated 1.3 million gallons of oil are spilled into U.S. waters annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Cleanup costs, especially in those areas where oil spills are not identified and contained rapidly, run into the billions of dollars. Estimates for the cleanup for the BP oil spill in Louisiana were as high as $12.5 billion.

The award was highlighted as part of a recent trip by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to Israel. David Trudil, who directs Brimrose’s Biotech Division, was a member of the delegation. (Click here for more information about Governor Hogan's trade mission to Israel.)

October 13, 2016

Brimrose Joins Maryland Gubernatorial Mission To Israel

Sparks, MD--Fresh off a major award from the BIRD Foundation, Brimrose joined the recent trade mission led by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to Israel. The governor’s purpose was to increase trade and business with Israel.


"We are excited that Maryland-based Brimrose Corporation has been named a partner in a major US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D Foundation (BIRD) award," said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. "It’s just this kind of collaboration between Maryland and Israeli companies that was at the center of my recent trade mission."

David Trudil, who directs Brimrose’s Biotech Division, was a member of the delegation. (See adjoining photo.) Trudil was involved with the Brimrose effort to obtain the BIRD Foundation award.

The week-long trip involved a delegation of some 35 Maryland business leaders, academics and state officials. A number of agreements between Maryland-based institutions and Israeli organizations were signed.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (center) joins Brimrose Technology's Dave Trudil (left) and File X's Alex Furlinder (right) at a reception in Israel.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (center) joins Brimrose Technology's Dave Trudil (left) and File X's Alex Furlinder (right) at a reception in Israel. Both Furlinder and Trudil were instrumental in the granting of the BIRD Foundation award to the two companies.

January 19, 2016

Brimrose Enhances, Expands Components for Fiber Laser Customers

The Brimrose Corporation is refining and improving the acousto-optic components being used by its numerous fiber laser customers. The company is placing special emphasis on this product sector as it continues to craft and develop its large family of optical components.


"It is remarkable how many of our acousto-optical component products have been integrated into fiber lasers in one way or another," says Brimrose Chief Technology Officer Jolanta Soos. "The sophisticated photonics required to make a good fiber laser represents a good match with our acousto-optic modules, switches, cavity dumpers, mode lockers, frequency shifters and pulse pickers."

A new Brimrose OEM A-O Modulator is pictured. The units are popular with the fiber laser community.

A new Brimrose OEM A-O Modulator is pictured. The units are popular with the fiber laser community. Photo courtesy of Brimrose.

For example, Brimrose is coming to market with a new line of high-powered, fiber-coupled, acousto-optic modules (AOMs) that can withstand up to 5W of continuous wave optical power for lasers operating at 1.06 nm and 1.55 nm. Other wavelengths also are available on request.


Brimrose’s new OEM/low-cost, fiber-coupled AOMs offer high-speed analog or digital modulation and high repetition rates for pulse-picking applications. The new fiber-coupled AOMs offer low-insertion losses and are packaged in compact size enclosures with customer-specified, fiber/connector types. Small-sized OEM driving electronics to complete the application are available, as well.


The company also is bringing to market new, low-cost, high-powered, free-space AO Q-switches, Mode Lockers, Cavity Dumpers and Pulse Pickers in OEM packages that offer high-diffraction efficiencies combined with a high optical damage threshold.


Brimrose’s high-speed AO Modulators and Pulse Pickers have a rise time of less than 10 nsec and its AO Frequency Shifters are in the MHz to GHz frequency ranges for wavelengths in the VIS to IR spectral regions.


Brimrose has a variety of fused-silica and quartz-based products tailored directly for high-powered laser applications.


For more information about Brimrose’s fiber laser components contact office@brimrose.com or David Chaffee at 410-472-7070.


Headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, Brimrose Corporation is a high tech and photonics company that specializes in acousto-optic components, spectrometers, hyperspectral imagers, and advanced materials research.