Island Optics Limited
2 Ackerman Court
Balthane Industrial Park
Ballasalla; Isle of Man
Tel: +44 (0) 1624 829435
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Gary joined Technical Optics Ltd as a trainee Technical Optician in 1978. In 1981 he moved to Connecticut, USA to join Zygo Corporation where he worked on large optics for Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, NASA and many other prominent organisations. When he left in 1987 to return to the Isle of Man he was manager in the Optics Fabrication Department. He worked at Technical Optics Ltd from 1987-1992 specialising in etalon fabrication. In 1992 he founded Quality Laser Optics Ltd in a small industrial unit comprising 900 sq ft production area, steadily expanding the company to a team of 16 employees in an 8600 sq ft purpose built property. Customers included Rutherford Labs, Zygo Corp, AWE, Lawrence Livermore Labs, CVI, GSI Darmstadt, BAE Systems, University of Nevada, etc. After an approach from CVI Laser Corp he sold the business in 2006.
After a period of non-compete he joined Crystran Ltd in Jan 2012 where he was responsible for developing their capability to manufacture very flat optics in various types of glasses, fused silica, zerodur, etc to better than lambda/20. Also, to assist in improving Crystran's ability in manufacturing very flat substrates in the materials that they had been polishing for past 20 years such as CaF2, MgF2, SiC, ZnSe, ZnS, Ge, etc.
He returned to the Isle of Man in 2013 and started Island Optics Ltd.