Our history

The first laser light in Norway was generated in 1962 by Tycho Jæger. When the first working laser was reported in 1960, it was described as “a solution looking for a problem“. Electro Optics in Norway saw the break of light when Mr. Jæger saw this as the solution rather than the opposite.

All oil companies operating in the North Sea from the 1970’s made huge investments in R&D and NEOs first business approach was to specialize on underwater optics. But the timing was not ideal and we went from the bottom of the ocean to top of the universe: In 1985/86 R&D investments from oil companies dropped significantly due to low oil prices. Simultaneously The Norwegian Space Center (NSC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) saw NEO’s potential and included our experts in several projects. MIPAS was the first Michelson-Interferometer that was specified to have a frequency reference source based on a frequency stabilized diode laser at 1300 nm. MIPAS was launched into space in 2002 and is still working in orbit.

Later Underwater optics came back when Statoil wanted improved quality control of pipelines by making regular inspections of ”free spans” and corrosion. Statoil sponsored the development of tools for external as well as internal inspection of the pipelines.

In the 1990’s NEO entered into the exciting world of Gas Spectroscopy and became one of the leading suppliers of Gas Analyzers based on Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS). NEO Monitors was founded in 2003 to take over responsibility for the manufacturing and marketing of the gas and dust monitors.