The author has an impressive track record in Portugal as an academic, entrepreneur, influential civil servant, and government advisor. Here he brings all this together in the short but highly telling story of Multiwave Photonics, highlighting not only the need for business and markets but also the variation among countries and cultures.
Multiwave Photonics is a high-tech start-up company based in the historic city of Porto, located in northern Portugal and bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the southwest of Europe. The company is focused on optical sources based on fiberoptic technologies and predominantly targets OEM business opportunities. The key target markets are international in nature and are associated with selected industrial applications and medical imaging applications.
Multiwave Photonics' products are normally provided as compact, cost-effective OEM modules but can also be provided as small benchtop instruments. They include pulsed seed lasers and master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) fiber lasers for selected industrial applications, incoherent optical sources (ranging from narrowband sources that can replace lasers in selected sensing and telecom applications to broadband sources for medical imaging [optical coherent tomography] and instrumentation applications), specialty optical amplifiers such as single polarization and polarization-maintaining ytterbium- and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (YDFAs and EFDAs), and subsystems that incorporate some of the previous products and core technologies, such as fiber sensing temperature and vibration monitoring systems for electrical high-power transformers and mechanical structures that include optimized multichannel optical sensor interrogation units.