Amethyst Research Inc. “brings solutions to light” by providing effective, efficient opto-electric materials, services and device technology that differentiate your products. Our goal is to provide cost-effective products and services along with the expertise and collaboration needed to create and commercialize innovative opto-electric products.


Company History

Amethyst Research Incorporated (Amethyst) was formed in 2004.  The initial mission was developing defect passivation technologies for improved operability of II-VI and III-V semiconductor FPA’s, sensors and detectors for DoD.  The company’s technology portfolio has since grown considerably to now include new infrared detector device design, materials growth, and analytical capabilities.  Amethyst’s development of ultra-high performance IR detectors has also resulted in development of high-resolution gas sensors based on these detectors. The company is a privately owned C corporation with its corporate headquarters located in Ardmore, Oklahoma and operations in both Ardmore and Austin Texas.  The Ardmore operation is centered on materials growth and analytics, while the Austin location focuses on IR detector processing and characterization as well as gas sensing systems. 


Dr. Terry Golding, CEO, is a co-founder with over twenty years of experience in emergent sensor technology, including three years with the U.S. Army Night Vision Electronics Sensor Directorate (NVESD), and three years with NASA Center for Commercialization.  Dr Golding is a high impact researcher, communicator, and innovative business strategist with specialized expertise in leveraging a strong investigative research background to simultaneously improve the performance and reduce the price of solid-state sensors for deployment to government and commercial sectors.  Dr. Golding received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Cambridge University and has over 100 publications to his credit.  golding@amethystresearch.com 



Mr. Rob Kuester, Operations Manager, joined Amethyst as the first non-scientist hire in April 2006 following his return to college and a 24 year career in the U.S. Navy.  Enlisting in 1975, he received his commission as an officer in 1985 and managed all facets of on and off aircraft maintenance.  His fourteen years of direct involvement with infrared systems operation and maintenance lent favorably to his varied roles at Amethyst.  Originally hired for product development, he expanded that role into operations management overseeing business office operations, budgeting, contracting, and project progress tracking.  Mr. Kuester holds a BBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and serves as an Amethyst representative to Ardmore Chamber of Commerce functions.  kuester@amethystresearch.com