Northvale, NJ, January 18, 2012 - Inrad Optics (formerly Photonic Products Group, Inc.),  a leading US-based manufacturer of crystalline materials, glass and metal optical components and value-added photonic devices, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I contract for $149,955 by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the US Department of Homeland Security to support development of materials for neutron detection. 

DNDO is the primary entity in the U.S. government for implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, and as such is actively working with small businesses on development of novel nuclear radiation detection materials.

The Phase I contract is based on work originally done at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).   Progress on developing the material for commercial neutron detection applications has been faster than expected and extremely encouraging. 

Inrad Optics CEO Joseph Rutherford commented on the SBIR award, stating “Inrad Optics’ proven ability to develop and volume manufacture novel crystal products combined with the original science undertaken at LLNL has resulted in a fast track program aimed at helping fill the serious technological gap that exists in nuclear detection materials.  We are thrilled to have been awarded the Phase I contract by DNDO, and are committed to providing the agency with high quality R & D results.”  



style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt;">About Inrad Optics: style="line-height: 115%;">Inrad Optics is a manufacturer of exceptional quality crystalline materials and devices, fabricated high precision glass, and metal optical components. Originally founded as Inrad, Inc., the organization matured via organic and acquired growth as Photonic Products Group, Inc., and in January 2012 announced its name change to Inrad Optics. V style="line-height: 115%;">ertically integrated, manufacturing expertise includes solution and high temperature crystal growth, extensive optical fabrication capabilities, including precision diamond turning and the handling of large substrates, optical coatings and extensive in-process metrology. Inrad Optics’ customers include leading corporations in defense, aerospace, process control and metrology, medical and industrial laser sectors of the photonics industry, as well as government, national laboratory and university customers worldwide.  For more information please contact Amy Eskilson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..