Exelis delivers optical fabrication work for University of Rochester
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- February 5, 2013
ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) successfully completed an optical fabrication contract
for the University of Rochester’s Lab for Laser Energetics.
Under an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the
University’s Lab is conducting studies using lasers to create alternate
sources of energy. The experiments involve the use of distributed phase
plates, provided by Exelis, to shape the laser beam. One pound of fusion fuel
can produce the same energy as five-thousand tons of coal and does not create
long-lasting radioactive waste, greenhouse gases or other harmful pollutants.
“This contract shows the continuous evolution of the precision optics business
to support the needs of the laser optics market,” said Dan Adams, director of
Geospatial Systems Precision Optics. “University of Rochester is one of the
leaders in the research of optics and one of our best customers for mid- to
large-sized high-energy optics. Through our partnership, we developed and
delivered this solution and plan to do so for years to come. “Our partnership
also includes a $2 million investment by the University in optics technology,
with installation of new equipment at the Exelis site to continue to produce
these very complex optical components.”
Within a six-month period, 22 distributed phase plates were polished by
Exelis, with a complex phase pattern imprinted on each plate.
Magnetorheological finishing – a part of Exelis core optics business expertise
– is a highly precise, fluid-based optical polishing method, which entails
putting complex and highly detailed features on optical surfaces with very few
Leveraging more than 50 years of proven expertise in optics, Exelis excels in
manufacturing high-quality, high-precision large optics for unique commercial
and government customer needs. Exelis provides a full range of service
offerings from design, technology development, manufacturing, assembly and
testing to integration, to produce standard and custom solutions.
High-precision large optics are used for high energy applications, commercial
and government remote sensing and ground-based astronomy systems.
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8
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