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  • Gooch & Housego Acquire Kent Periscopes, Alfalight

Photonics.com
Jul 2016
ILMINSTER, England, July 18, 2016 — Gooch & Housego PLC has acquired Kent Periscopes Ltd., a supplier of periscopes, vehicle sights and related equipment for land-based armored fighting vehicles, as well as Alfalight Inc., a manufacturer of laser-based electro-optic systems for defense and security applications.

Gooch & Housego said the acquisitions fulfill its strategic goal of increasing its footprint in the aerospace and defense sectors.

Kent Periscopes is a U.K.-based supplier to blue-chip military manufacturers, providing system-level optical products for use in harsh environments. Alfalight is a U.S.-based solid-state laser provider for defense and security applications.

Gooch & Housego manufactures advanced photonic systems, components and instrumentation in the aerospace and defense, industrial, life sciences and scientific research sectors.


GLOSSARY
light source
The generic term applied to all sources of visible radiation from burning matter to ionized vapors and lasers, regardless of the degree of excitation.
periscope
An optical instrument designed to displace the line of sight in a vertical direction. For submarines and other military uses the periscope is a long tube containing prisms at both ends and intervening imaging and relaying lenses. Several anatomical inspection devices such as cystoscopes, laryngoscopes and otoscopes use similar optical systems, though on a minuscule scale.  
photonics
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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