In April of 2010, Stephen McCahon and Brad House, founded Applied Optical Sciences to develop cutting edge optical technology, such as the ultra-short-pulse laser and other photonic devices. They have scanning electron microscopes, atomic probe microscopes and high-precision surface profilers which they offer to local companies and researchers. Bob Breault, chairman of the Arizona Optics Industry Association, said the optics industry is seeing a recovery, and companies like this one are helping. Copyright Arizona Daily Star, May 13, 2011. All rights reserved.