Photonis’ Innovation

Photonis innovation


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Photonis Innovation

The Photonis Group is a global business serving the photo-sensor technology needs of world-leading customers in the areas of night vision, surveillance,  security and the scientific domain.

We are developing and manufacturing mainly:

  • Image intensifier tubes for civilian and military use
  • Detectors for scientific, industrial and medical applications
  • Micro-Channel Plates for Mass Spectrometry and Space Science
  • Extreme Low-Light CMOS and Camera for Surveillance and security
  • Nuclear Detectors for the safety of nuclear power plants
  • Power Tubes and Traveling Wave Tubes for Defence Communication

We have approximately 1.000 employees with revenues exceeding EUR 160M. We invest heavily in new technologies because we believe that the only way Photonis stays successful is investing in the future. In different sites teams of specialists are working on future sensors and detectors and will be launched throughout the coming years. This can be nuclear medicine imaging systems, intensified digital sensors (IDS), image intensifier tubes (IIT), camera systems, electronic bombarded cmos sensors (EBCMOS) etc. You can count on the Research and Development specialists of Photonis.

Innovation and Know-how


Image Intensifier Tubes are opto-electronic vacuum devices that amplify very low levels of light into visible levels for the human eye. Intensified devices such as goggles or weapon sights provide night vision capabilities for detection, recognition and unmatched identification. Enhancements of soldiers’ tactical situational awareness, agility and mobility, targeting capabilities and/or driving vehicles by darker and darker nights have become possible with advanced Image Intensifier Tubes technology.

Thanks to a high resolution and signal-to-noise ratio, Photonis’ XD-4™, XR5™ and 4G image intensifier tubes reveal more details by night and offer extended range capabilities for current Night Vision devices. The Auto-Gating function constantly operates to improve the quality of the image under dynamic lighting conditions, such as military operations in desert or urban terrains which define many of today’s missions.


We keep innovating in night vision technology with the successful introduction of products as the ONYX tube providing a natural black and white image (yellow/green being the standard colour) and the ICMOS , the coupling of an image intensifier tube with a CMOS sensor (by coupling these two an image intensifier tube becomes digital) for soldier modernization programs, providing real-time digital video image using very low power.

Research & Development


The continued success of Photonis stems from our ongoing commitment to aggressively fund and staff innovative research and development programs. This funding is provided both through reinvestment and from customer-driven requirements.

Our products are widely deployed across the world in night vision and analytical applications as well as numerous medical, space and physics research laboratories, where they are used to advance developments that benefit mankind.

The Photonis R&D staff is located in factories and laboratories across the globe. We employ engineers, innovation experts, physicists, chemists and other specialists - most of whom have advanced degrees or Ph.D.s - to challenge the accepted beliefs of physics, optics and electronics to advance ion, electron and photon detection technologies. These technologies further advance to bringing new and innovative products to market.

Photonis employees

Photonis' R&D programs are designed not only to create new products, but often advance the core technologies that drive electro-optic innovations. For our efforts, Photonis has been granted numerous patents for our innovations and technologies in many countries. We have also received several awards from both customers and industry, including a 2015 Ingénieur Général Chanson Award for the LYNX Colour sensor and a 2016 GICAT export trophy award for the hand held CNOD device. .

We are continuing our commitment to quality and innovations as we look for ways to incorporate advancements in optics and physics into our product offerings.

Surface processing and plating services


Photonis Surface Processing and Plating Services is your ideal partner for specialty plating services.  We provide a wide range of plating for metal and ceramic parts, specialized coatings, and also house one of the east coast’s largest plating tanks, making no job too big.. or too small.
Our fully-automated, state-of-the-art facility, backed by years of plating and brazing experience, puts your project in good hands with superior results.

Photonis Surface Processing and Plating Services provides finishing services, brazing, assembly services, and specialized treatment processes including electro-polishing, a variety of Bright Dips, and both glass bead and borosilicate sand blasting.

We serve the Telecommunications, Electronics, Medical, Defense and Automotive industries with a certified ISO 9001:2008 quality management system and equipment calibrations to conform to ISO 10012-1.

If you have a question regarding our surface processing or plating service capabilities, including the types of deposits/clases, our brazing capabilities, or finishing services, please contact Photonis Defense for more details.