Photonis USA

PHOTONIS is a market leader in electro-optic detection. We design and manufacture enabling technologies for night vision and a wide range of industrial, scientific and medical applications. Our primary focus is the development of leading detection technologies where the sensitivity of light, ions, electrons, and x-rays are critical to the understanding of our environment, our universe, our safety or our health. PHOTONIS is headquarted in Merignac, France, with manufacturing locations in France, Netherlands and the US with additional sales and distribution offices around the globe. Together, we generated over 165M Euro in 2010, and employ over 1100 people. We manufacture proprietary low-light imaging optics for use in night vision rifles, goggles, and scopes and are deployed in militaries around the globe.

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660 Main Street, Sturbridge Business Park, P.O. Box 1159 , Sturbridge , MA 01518 USA

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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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PHOTONIS is a leading multinational high-technology group, with experience in manufacture, sales and innovation specializing in photo sensor imaging technologies since 1937. We operate internationally in several key areas:

PHOTONIS is a global manufacturer of electro-optic components used in the detection of ions, electrons and photons. We innovate and engineer quality components for integration into a variety of applications such as night vision optics, digital cameras, mass spectrometry, physics research, space exploration and many others.

We design and manufacture in four state of the art facilities across the globe and work with our customers to continually bring improvements and innovation to our products. We are the most widely deployed night vision tube globally, lead the mass spectrometer detector market, and have products installed in most space telescopes and high energy physics experiments in laboratories around the world.

We are leaders in space research detection components, and have products installed on most space telescopes in use today. Our superior detection of low-light, x-ray, and VUV supports a wide range of high-energy physics research and our detectors are installed in most major physics research labs, including CERN.

PHOTONIS is the market leader in electron and ion detection and transport, and are the primary supplier of detectors and patented ion transport components to the mass spectrometry industry as well as homeland security.  We offer the widest range of fast photonic timing components available on the market, including a 2010 PRISM award for Photonic Innovation.

PHOTONIS is committed to the development of our products, our markets and our people. It is these three elements, working together, that allow us to exceed the expectations of our customers by manufacturing world-class, industry-leading detectors, sensors and imaging products.


At PHOTONIS, our product development is designed to challenge the limits of physics, science and electro-optics to produce a superior product. We strive to achieve a balance between providing patented, award-winning technologies while providing our customers ways customize our products to achieve maximum success with their application.


PHOTONIS strives to be market leaders in a number of niche markets across military, medical, industrial, imaging and scientific applications. PHOTONIS is developing at a rapid pace as many of these markets grow to achieve knowledge about our surroundings and our universe. We are proud to remain innovation leaders in legacy markets, and introduce innovation into new markets while still providing our customers with superior levels of products, quality and service.


Our commitment extends globally to our staff and our customers. Working in over 50 countries, we can proudly say that we bridge both economic and cultural challenges in all corners of the world. We support a diverse workforce that combines to bring a variety of ideas and innovations to PHOTONIS, and we actively work to support development of people and ideas to benefit our customers.

PHOTONIS attaches special importance to its core values which empowers employees and respects the individual.
Our values are:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Passion
  • Commitment

PHOTONIS also embraces diversity and equal opportunities, meeting national requirements in every country. We consider that respect, dignity, equal employment opportunities and non-discrimination are fundamental principles.

For us, the diversity of our staff is key to improving the company’s competitiveness in a global marketplace.

PHOTONIS is also aware that our future success depends upon continuous evolution to maintain an efficient organization that anticipates and satisfies customer needs with excellent products, processes and services.

The reputation of PHOTONIS and its subsidiaries and affiliates, for fairness and integrity in its dealings with customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities in which it operates requires adherence to the highest standards of ethical behaviour in conducting its business. Moreover, in acting as a contractor and subcontractor for governmental entities in most of the countries where PHOTONIS is transacting business, PHOTONIS shares a special trust with the governmental authorities for the public at large. That trust is to ensure that we perform contracts and provide services in a manner that fully satisfies both our legal obligations under local and foreign applicable laws as well as our own high ethical standards of business conduct. The following Ethics rules apply to all PHOTONIS’ employees. As a condition of employment, each PHOTONIS’ employee will be held to high standards of business conduct and ethical behaviour:

  • Honest and trustworthy in business relationships.
  • Reliable in performing business responsibilities.
  • Truthful in written or verbal statements.
  • Law abiding in business activities.
  • Economical in utilising company resources.

The following levels of performance are required from Company’s employees and supervisors in dealing with PHOTONIS’ customers and suppliers:

  • Deliver products and render services on a timely manner.
  • Deliver products and render services that meet all contract requirements and give the customer highest degree of confidence in our products.
  • Fully comply with applicable business, social, environmental and tax laws and regulations.
  • Apply to business management the highest accounting and reporting standards.
  • Ensure full compliance with export control regulations.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest or appearances of conflicts of interest, particularly with respect to relationships with employees of suppliers and Government agencies.

PHOTONIS is a multinational high-technology Group specializing in photo sensor technology, with more than 40 years experience in manufacture, sales and innovation. The Group operates internationally and serves the Night Vision, Industrial, Scientific and Medical markets.

We develop, produce and market innovative sensors for detecting and amplifying very low levels of light and radiation: Image Intensifiers, ICCDs and HPDs, LongLife™ Microchannel Plates, Channeltron® Electron Multipliers, TOF and Advanced Performance detectors. We also offer Neutron and Gamma Detectors, Streak Tubes, Power Tubes, Ion Drift Tubes, Flexible Fiber Optics and Square Micropore Optics.