The company manufactures nano-architectures for a variety of applications. Their core activities are related to developing enhanced photonic devices for chemical and biomolecular sensing. Other major applications include solar energy harvesting, regenerative tissue and micro-fluidics. One of their most highly developed technologies, the SERS Sensor may be used for pharmaceutical and environmental pollutant detection. The working principal is based on Raman spectroscopy. It is the first Raman based molecular sensor that relies on a traditionally inactive plasmonic materials. Control of stability, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility etc. are now much more accessible to R&D labs and process engineers.
Photon etc. is at the forefront of optical technology, developing hyperspectral imaging and Bragg grating spectroscopic instruments that work from ultraviolet to infrared. Founded in 2002 by Sébastien Blais-Ouellette, then a Researcher at the California Institute of Technology, Photon etc. is both a research and development company and a specialized manufacturer of photonic measurement and analysis instruments.