Our Story

Innovative Photonic Solutions (IPS) was founded in August 2003 to provide high performance semiconductor diode light source systems based upon our proprietary wavelength stabilization technologies. Our Hybrid External Cavity Laser (HECL) allows us to effectively select a specific “slice” of the spectrum. This "spectrum slicing" technology has been successfully applied to both lasers and superluminescent diodes (SLDs) and offers our customers the ability to define both the wavelength and spectral bandwidth, along with output power.

Just as important as our technical design capacities, we take pride in offering superior customer support. Our philosophy is that our customer’s success and our success is linked. We partner with our clients to offer custom and semi-custom solutions that are ideal for their systems. Because we design and manufacture “in-house,” and our products are modular by design, we have tremendous flexibility and can offer this support on many different levels.

Our products range from components as basic as a TO-56 or 14-pin BF packaged diodes, to OEM modules including electronics, to UL/CE and IEC certified lasers to complete custom designed systems. Give us your toughest problems…we will give you Innovative Photonic Solutions.


Our 8000 square foot facility contains a class 10,000 clean room with ESD dissipative flooring throughout and is equipped with high precision positioning and die attachment equipment, test and characterization instrumentation, high power burn in fixturing, and advanced metrology microscopy to facilitate product development and production.

Management Team

John Connolly President and CEO

37 years of Laser Design and Manufacturing Experience.

Previously: CEO - Princeton Lightwave; Director - Sarnoff Lightwave Technology and Products Laboratory.

Rutgers University - BSME; Polytechnic University (NYU) - MS Metallurgical Engineering.

> 50 U.S. Patents.

Scott Rudder VP Sales and Marketing

27 years of Optics, Thin Films, Laser Manufacturing, and Marketing.

Previously: Program Manager - US Army Advanced System Development; Optical Components Sales - Princeton Lightwave & Sensors Unlimited.

University of Rochester - BS Optics; University of Pennsylvania - MS Management of Technology.

Nancy Morris VP Operations

28 years of Diode Laser Processing & Manufacturing Experience

Previously: Co-Founder & Director Operations - Princeton Lightwave; Member Technical Staff - Sarnoff Corp.

Rutgers University - BS Chemistry; University of Pennsylvania – MSEE