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Diffraction Limited

Diffraction Limited

Map59 Grenfell Crescent
Unit B
Ottawa, ON K2G 0G3
Phone: +1 613-225-2732
Fax: +1 613-225-9688
For more than 25 years, Diffraction Limited has been the global leader in Astronomy and Scientific Imaging Solutions — continually delivering unsurpassed products, software and services to a multitude of industries including research, education, spectrometry, astro-imaging, unique optical laboratory applications, and more.

In 2014, Diffraction Limited acquired CCD imaging systems company Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG). Since the acquisition, SBIG products continue to be manufactured in the company’s ISO-9000:2015 accredited facility located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Continuous Innovation
With its focus on continuous innovation, the company’s leading-edge, low-light camera systems, along with a complete range of accessories and software, have remained the industry standard among the world’s most renowned astronomers. In fact, to date Diffraction’s solutions are a key component in more than 1,000 observatories worldwide.

Furthermore, with its highly collaborative approach and dedication to its field, Diffraction is firmly embedded in the international research community. For example, Diffraction’s technology is used on the Dragonfly Array — an innovative, multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths.

For Educators & Amateur Astronomers
Diffraction offers a full range of price-accessible cameras that are acclaimed for their excellent performance, high quantum efficiency, sensitivity, low noise, and durability.

Leading-Edge Software
Diffraction’s Software Division — with offerings that include MaxIm DL, MaxPoint, and Quick Fringe software — enables users to achieve everything from acquiring and processing images, to vastly improving telescope position control, as well as enabling advanced wavefront analysis.

Professional Services
Beyond developing and manufacturing commercially available scientific imaging systems and observatory controls, Diffraction also has a robust Professional Services division. The company’s team of in-house engineers creates highly innovative, custom solutions for a wide range of industries with applications that include fluorescence, luminescence, absorption, spectroscopy, and genomics.
Established: 1993
Facility area (sq ft): 10,000
Ownership type: Privately Owned
Douglas George, President
Colin Haig, Director


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