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Spectrogon derives its origin partly from research conducted at the Royal Institute of Technology, a leading Swedish technical university, and partly from research and development projects at AGA Innovation Center. AGA Innovation Center comprised of laboratories for long-term research and development of AGA AB, a major Swedish industrial group.
During the late 1960's and early 1970's several research programs were directed towards electro-optics. In 1980 the AGA Group changed its strategy and brought together the various high technology and electro-optics businesses to form a new group, Pharos AB. AGA Innovation Center's thin film optics projects where transferred to a new subsidiary of Pharos, AGA Optical, which eventually became Spectrogon in 1984. Spectrogon AB became an independent company on June 28, 1991, when the existing management organised an employee buyout.