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Headwall Photonics Fact Sheet

Founded: May, 2003

Headquarters:Fitchburg, Massachusetts

History: Management Buy-Out of Agilent Technologies Holographic Grating Operation, Agilent acquires American Holographic (2000), American Holographic established (1976)

Status: Privately-held, venture-backed

Market Position: High performance spectral instrumentation & components

Market Segment: Test & measurement, process manufacturing, military & defense


  • Hyperspectral sensors & Raman imagers for harsh environments
  • High-volume manufacturing of original holographic gratings

Product Attributes:

  • Application-Specific Wavelength Solutions
  • High optical performance
  • High efficiency
  • Low stray light
  • Small form-factor
  • Environmentally stable
  • Telcordia compliant

Infrastructure: 20,000 Square Foot Manufacturing/Clean Room Facility, ISO 9001:2008 Certified

Investors: Agilent Technologies, Applied Spectral Partners, Private Equity Investors

Web Sites: www.headwallphotonics.com, www.diffract.com


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 Photonics, Inc'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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