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About Headwall Photonics

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Headwall Photonics is a truly unique technology venture. Founded in May 2003 as the result of a management buy-out of Agilent Technologies' Holographic Grating Operation, Headwall is the world's leading designer and high-volume manufacturer of optical modules, subsystems, and original holographic diffraction gratings. Continuing the rich engineering legacy of American Holographic (acquired by Agilent in 2000), Headwall offers its extensive worldwide base of customers a range of integrated optical wavelength solutions that are designed and manufactured for application-specific performance. Markets served include Analytical, Remote Sensing, Life Sciences & Medical, Advanced Machine Vision, and Defense and Surveillance.

Headwall's optical capabilities allow the company to be viewed as a strategic extension of our customer's engineering organization. Our strength is in providing customers with engineering expertise and capabilities throughout the product life cycle - from product concept and optical design through high volume manufacturing.

Headwall's application-specific products are characterized by:

  • Collaborative engineering approach
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Highest optical performance
  • All original holographic gratings - no replicates
  • High grating efficiency and low stray light
  • Small form factor
  • Environmental stability
  • Telcordia compliance

Headwall Photonics, headquartered along the Massachusetts high tech corridor, is managed by established veterans from the analytical, medical products and telecommunications industries. The company is well-funded to capitalize on its world-class, ISO9001:2008 certified infrastructure and will continue to maintain its leadership in nanophotonics manufacturing.


Headwall (def) - noun .

1. Mountaineering - a steep slope or precipice rising at the head of a valley or glacial cirque

2. Engineering - tackling and solving the toughest optical engineering problems in a collaborative manner to provide application-specific wavelength solutions for customers

ISO9001:2008Headwall's quality management system is ISO 9001:2008 certified, an internationally recognized standard.

Press Releases

January 2012 -Headwall and LemnaTec Collaborate on Spectral Imaging Instrumentation

January 2012  -US Senator Scott Brown Focuses on Hyperspectral Imaging Technology

December 2011 -Lightweight Micro-Hyperspec® Imaging Sensor Collects Remote Sensing Data Aboard Small UAVs

November 2011 -Hyperspec® RECON Handheld Sensor Selected as 2011 PRISM Award Finalist

In The News

December 2011 -Manufacturing Benefits of Hyperspectral & Raman Imaging Techniques

December 2011 -Hyperspectral Sensing in UAVs

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