Boise Technology, Inc. is a specialized research company that utilizes advanced spectroscopic techniques to investigate fundamental scientific problems. Active areas of research are focused on answering important questions in surface science using nonlinear optical spectroscopy. Equipped with scientific expertise and instrumentation, Boise Technology scientists are ready to tackle pressing scientific challenges in physics, chemistry, and biology.

Boise Technology was founded in 2003 as an independent research center for advanced optics and spectroscopy in the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception, substantial research funding has enabled the creation of a research facility in Nampa, Idaho. Current research projects are conducted using two state-of-the-art tunable ultrafast laser systems, considered to be some of the most advanced light sources used for surface spectroscopy in the nation. These advanced laser systems position Boise Technology as an emerging leader in optics and spectroscopic research.The scientific expertise of Boise Technology is represented by its current staff of PhD scientists, multiple independent contract researchers, and several collaborative research relationships. Collectively, our personnel exhibit broad expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and surface sciences, with specialized capabilities in nonlinear spectroscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and enzymology.


Boise Technology's advanced research capabilities stem from its sophisticated lasers systems and optical instrumentation. At the core, are two tunable femtosecond laser systems: a regeneratively amplified, mode-locked titanium-sapphire oscillator, producing intense 30-100fs laser pulses with on-demand wavelength tunability from an automated optical parametric amplifier. In conjunction with these advanced light sources, a collection of optics, optomechanics, electronics, detectors and optical diagnostic instrumentation enables the study of many diverse physical/chemical/biological systems. Current research projects utilize these advanced light sources to conduct vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy analysis to study materials of the interest to the Department of Defense at liquid/liquid, liquid/solid, and vapor/solid interfaces. Alternative spectroscopic experiments may be performed with these systems, including ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies. Additionally, plans are in progress to couple our advanced light sources with sophisticated optical microscopy techniques. Scanning confocal/multiphoton microscopy is a powerful technique to study many physical and biological systems with exceptional spatial resolution. By pairing the confocal microscopy techniques of multi-photon fluorescence and second harmonic generation with an advanced tunable light source, we hope to develop new capabilities in optical microscopy.

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