Local company gets 2-year fiber optic probe subcontract for $299K

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BRATTLEBORO — Nikira Labs Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., has been awarded a $299,031 SBIR Phase II contract entitled "Compact Raman Fiber Optic Probe with Inline Spectral Filtering" from NIST with Omega Optical Inc., of Brattleboro, as a subcontractor.

This two-year award will focus on developing a fiber bundle that can simultaneously be used for laser Raman excitation and detection in an array of applications, including in vivo medical procedures. Raman spectroscopy is a technique that uses non-resonant laser light scattering to determine the chemical composition of a sample. Omega Optical is tasked with applying filters to the tips of the fibers in the fiber bundle. The innovation involves patterning the tips so that the central (laser) fiber has a different filter applied than the surrounding (detection) fibers in the bundle.

Nikira Labs is a small, women-owned business that specializes in bringing cutting edge analytical technologies to market. Founded in 2017, the company has experience in optics, engineering, and the successful commercialization of complex technologies.

Omega Optical is a custom thin-film filter manufacturer. Since 1969, Omega has been engineering and manufacturing innovative solutions in photonics. The company holds patents in the areas of coated optical fiber tips, fluorescence filters and multiband filters for a variety of applications and has provided more than six million filters to end-users and major OEMs in the bio-medical, machine vision, LiDAR, defense and astronomy markets.

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