Headwall Photonics is a truly unique technology venture that was founded in 2003 as the result of a management buy-out of Agilent Technologies' Holographic Grating Operation. Headwall is the world's leading high-volume manufacturer of original holographic diffraction gratings, optical modules, and fully integrated imaging instruments. The Company produces these products for end users as well as its OEM partners.
Continuing the rich engineering legacy of American Holographic (which was acquired by Agilent in 2000), Headwall offers its extensive worldwide base of customers a range of application-specific optical wavelength solutions. Markets include industrial inspection, defense and security, remote sensing, and biotechnology.
Strategically, Headwall’s optical capabilities can help customers extend their engineering organizations. The Company’s strength comes from providing customers with engineering expertise and capabilities throughout the product life cycle, which ranges from product concept and optical design through high-volume manufacturing.
Headwall's application-specific hyperspectral and Raman products deliver highest optical performance thanks to high grating efficiency and low stray light. The gratings themselves are also application-specific with respect to groove density, size, and performance. By producing all-original gratings, Headwall is able to assure optical uniformity for each one. Small form-factor gratings, rapid prototyping, environmental stability, and Telcordia compliance are all focus points for Headwall.