December 2016 Newsletter

Help Wanted

We have an immediate opening for a Chief Scientist.
The Chief Scientist is responsible for the technical direction of Luxel’s ultra-thin film deposition processes. The position is hands-on in the lab, while also including extensive customer contact and sales support. Domestic and international travel is required several times per year. The ability to juggle multiple demands and timelines is critical.Established in 1973, Luxel is located on beautiful San Juan Island, WA. With no stoplights, chain stores, and only 8,000 year-round residents the Island lifestyle is one that many people aspire to. We enjoy work-life balance and have a wonderful team and customer base.

Luxel is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a great work environment, competitive pay, and generous benefits. Please send your resume to


• Ph.D in Physics, Material Science, or similar area

• 5 years minimum work experience

• Extensive knowledge of thin-film processes and their applications in soft x-ray and EUV wavelengths

• Experience with writing Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant applications and running those projects once awarded


Epoxy Free Frames

epoxy free frame

We are pleased to announce the availability of epoxy-free filter frames. While standard Luxel filters are made with low outgassing epoxies approved by NASA, some of our customers require the elimination of epoxy altogether.

Not all filter materials and thickness are eligible for this construction. Similarly, not all frame designs lend themselves to epoxy-free assembly. Please contact us with details of your application to determine if we can offer this option to you!

The Latest Set of Luxel Filters to Launch into Space!

filters abord GOES-R

Luxel supplied bandpass filters for the recently launched GOES-R satellite on Lockheed Martin’s Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI), and the University of Colorado’s Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS).

These included:

150 nm aluminum

200 nm zirconium

400 nm LUXFilm® Polyimide

10 nm carbon / 200 nm aluminum / 10 nm carbon

SUVI is a telescope that monitors the sun in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelength range. By observing the sun, SUVI will be able to compile full disk solar images around the clock. It replaces the current GOES Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument and represents a change in both spectral coverage and spatial resolution over SXI.

EXIS will detect solar flares that could interrupt communications and reduce navigational accuracy, affecting satellites, high altitude airlines and power grids on Earth.

Two Luxel employees were fortunate enough to see the launch in person, right at the last minute of the one hour long launch window!


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