Winlight

Design & construction of high-performance optical components

Winlight participates in SuperCam project for the “Mars 2020” mission

Requested by IRAP and CNES, Winlight – a subsidiary of Bertin Technologies – produced the optical components of SuperCam, one of the seven scientific instruments of the US mission, “Mars 2020”. On board of a motorized vehicle, SuperCam will have as objective to analyze Martian rocks and to detect organic molecules, vestiges of possible forms of ancient life. Yves Salaun, Technical Director, talks about the involvement of Winlight in the design of this instrument, which will land on the red planet in 2021.

    PRODUCT RANGES

    Optical components

    Winlight offers proven expertise in the manufacture of high-precision plano, spherical and aspherical (on-axis, off-axis or free-form) optical components, as well as X-ray mirrors.

    Optronics

    By combining our opto-mechanical and electronic skills, we make fully-qualified optronic (electro-optical) products on request.

    Calibration & test benches

    Winlight designs calibration and test benches (optics and optronics) capable of aligning, checking and qualifying the optical and photonic aspects of high-performance systems.

    Spectroscopy & imaging systems

    Winlight contributes to the development of a number of instruments for large telescopes (VLT, ELT, Keck, Gemini, Subaru, etc.)

    Instrumentation for plasma experiments

    Winlight designs and builds x-ray microscopes used in plasma diagnostics for large scientific facilities.

    LATEST NEWS

    Cleapart-100, the particle deposition rate monitoring device, marketed on Bertin Instruments’ website!

    Developed by Winlight System in collaboration with the French Alternative Energies & Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-CESTA) and the Aix-Marseille University, the patented technology Cleapart-100 is a particle deposition rate monitoring device with no influence on...

    Winlight System’s mirrors integrated within the SuperCam flight model mounted on the NASA rover

    Winlight System designed the optical components of SuperCam, one of the seven science instruments to equip the rover of the U.S. “Mars 2020” mission. After seven months of integration in the facilities of the French space agency CNES, the performances of the...

    Winlight System & AIP to develop a minimal-invasive optical cancer diagnostics tool

    Winlight System and AIP (Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Postdam) announce that they are currently collaborating in a joint-project of technology transfer in order to deploy Winlight System’ spectroscopy tools used on the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) –...

    Winlight System will merge into Bertin group

    Bertin Technologies, subsidiary of CNIM group, has signed a definite purchase agreement of 100% of Winlight System group capital. Operational Winlight System management remains unchanged and our customers will benefit from the synergy between Bertin and Winlight...

    ISO9001-2015 certified

    All Winlight System companies have obtained the ISO9001:2015 certification. The scope of this approval is applicable to: • Winlight System Finance: Management, general services for the group• Winlight System: Complex optical systems design and manufacturing for...

    First lab images for Spirou at IRAP-OMP!

    The first image slicer developed by Winlight System for the Spirou instrument that will be installed at the CFHT in 2018 has been successfully tested at IRAP-OMP at cold temperature. This slicer has been built with twelve optically contacted mirrors of 5x0,110mm...

    KCWI instrument is on the way to telescope site

    Caltech (University of California) has published last photos of the KCWI instrument ready to be shipped to telescope site (Keck at Hawai). KCWI image slicer is the first image slicer that integrates an adjustable resolution slicer stack. Winlight System has supplied...

    Winlight System will be on MICROCARB mission

    Airbus Defence and Space has awarded a contract to Winlight System for some critical components and optical sub-assemblies for MICROCARB mission. It is a CNES mission decided at the COP21 conference. Visit MICROCARB site (CNES) >>

    DESI has awarded the contract for 10 spectrographs to Winlight System

    Following the acceptance of the critical decision 2 by the DOE (department of Energy), DESI project (Dark Energy Instrument) has given the go-on for the construction of 9 spectrographs to complete the instrument. This comes after the realization of first spectrograph...

    The last day of MUSE instrument before its departure for Chili

    The first image slicer developed by Winlight System for the Spirou instrument that will be installed at the CFHT in 2018 has been successfully tested at IRAP-OMP at cold temperature. This slicer has been built with twelve optically contacted mirrors of 5x0,110mm...

     WINLIGHT, THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE OPTICS COMPANY

    Founded in 2001, Winlight is a French company specialized in the design and construction of high-performance optical components, subassemblies and systems, all compatible with the most demanding environments.

    Winlight primarily operates in the space, defense, synchrotron and astronomy sectors. Its technical expertise is recognized worldwide, spanning the design and construction of optical components, complex subassemblies and high-precision test and calibration benches.

    The company’s expertise encompasses all steps in the design, development and production of optical systems, including lenses, mirrors and other unique components. In particular, Winlight deploys proprietary polishing, assembly and testing technologies.

    Winlight was acquired by Bertin Technologies, a CNIM company, in 2017. This link-up bolsters its range of optical and mechanical systems for big science facilities, including synchrotrons, telescopes and research reactors, as well as for major space and defense programs. Winlight’s clientele includes customers in Europe, Asia and the United States.