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  • Sydor Optics Moves All Operations to New HQ
May 2008
Precision flat-surfaced parallel and wedged optics maker Sydor Optics announced it has completed moving all of its optics fabrication businesses in Rochester, Brighton and Fairport, N.Y., to its newly expanded headquarters at 31 Jet View Drive in Rochester. Sydor bought the 27,000-sq-ft facility in 2007 and moved its optics fabrication operation and instruments group there in July. The company recently finished a 12,000-sq-ft addition to the existing facility to house its laser optics group, concentrating on calcium fluoride and magnesium fluoride optics processing. Sydor said the expansion, coupled with an investment in new equipment, will help continue its record growth of roughly 210 percent over the past three years. "It's a good time to be in the optics business," said President Jim Sydor. "The entire industry is busy and this is reflected in the volume of business we have been experiencing here at Sydor. We now have plenty of room to take on large volume opportunities and to expand our operations if needed."

calcium fluoride
An optical material used in place of crown glass to produce lenses with extraordinary correction of chromatic aberrations. Its high coefficient of thermal expansion and its tendency to absorb moisture limit its range of application.
magnesium fluoride
A colorless, crystalline compound whose low refractive index (n = 1.38) makes it effective as a lens antireflection coating when deposited by thermal evaporation in a near vacuum. This process develops a coating that is robust and stable, though only a few molecules thick.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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