About Us

Headquartered in Westford Massachusetts, Linden Photonics was founded in 2002. Since its inception, Linden's design specialists have developed a range of miniature, high strength optical fiber, hybrid and specialty copper cables for environments where high performance and compact size are critical.

Our continually expanding product portfolio started with the simple, yet innovative, design of our STFOC products. Born from a naval need for a next generation Torpedo Tether we pushed the boundaries of polymeric design and invented the smallest, strongest cable technology. The proprietary, low-cost manufacturing process of our innovative & novel jacket materials enable high-reliability deployment in harsh environments.

Since 2002 Linden has expanded into a worldwide cable supplier with customers in 23 countries and all 7 continents (Yes, our cables have been used in Antarctica! Find out more about those missions here.)

From the deepest depths of the ocean to land based operations to aerospace and onto satellites our objective is to provide you with cost-effective, high-performance cables in all shapes and sizes. Small & buoyant, strong & light, high-temp & RadHard, Linden gets you from A to B. If you don’t find what you need in our catalog, contact us for custom, short-run designs.
Linden Photonics: Harmonizing Opposing Goals, Strength & Flexibility.

Technology


Linden continues to expand its product portfolio and design expertise through ongoing internal research as well as collaboration with some of the world's most renowned technology companies. Our core technology, employed in our STFOC products exploits the many novel properties of Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCPs). These unique materials are sometimes referred to as self-reinforcing polymers, and can exhibit a specific tensile strength ten times that of steel cable.

STFOC jacketing with proper alignment of polymer chains results in both high tensile strength and excellent barrier properties. Our proprietary processes yields thin, extruded strands of LCP that have a tensile modulus comparable to Kevlar. In addition Linden has developed methods of surface treatment to reduce abrasion during the life of the cable.

In addition to high strength, STFOC also exhibits excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical stability. By controlling the molecular orientation of the extruded LCP jacket, the expansion coefficient can be matched to that of the fiber. This provides for a high degree of thermal stability, permitting the cable to be used over a very wide temperature range without suffering increased attenuation as a result of microbending. STFOC will survive exposure to organic solvents, acids, and fuel oils.

Linden prides itself on having introduced innovative, high-quality optical cable products for demanding torpedo guidance, communication buoy and hybrid remotely operated vehicles (HROV). Our products provide quasi-hermetic, radiation resistant packages for the military, oil & gas, commercial telecommunications and sensor markets.