Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Los Gatos, California, SA Photonics is a privately-held small business and a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative photonics solutions for commercial and government customers. Since its beginnings, the company has utilized Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding through federal government agencies to attain fast growth and profitability. SBIR contracts are small business-specific funds set aside to power growth, innovation and commercialization, strengthening the role of smaller business in federal R&D. SA Photonics has successfully utilized this seed funding on numerous projects to develop commercially-viable, self-sustaining products.

Due to its success in the SBIR program, in 2011 SA Photonics was awarded the Tibbetts Award. This annual award recognizes excellence among the hundreds of companies participating in the SBIR program, and was awarded to SA Photonics for representing the spirit and intent of the program.

Over the past 17 years, SA Photonics has focused its efforts to four key areas: free space optical communication, fiber lasers, optical sensors, and head-worn displays and vision systems. In each area, industry-leading technology continues to propel the company to the forefront, both within government and commercial applications.

SA Photonics has achieved significant and steady growth over the past decade. Since 2011, we have had seven appearances on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Additionally, we have had three appearances on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, and have been listed for the past three years on Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Fast Private Awards for fastest-growing private companies in the region.

In December 2021, SA Photonics was acquired by CACI International. Our combined focus and performance in free space optical communications and lidar sensing solutions, combined with high fidelity manufacturing capabilities will, without question, further expand our position as the leading U.S.-based provider for our customers’ space, airborne, and terrestrial missions.