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Hamamatsu Photonics

5th Technology Days


  • Speakers & Abstracts

    Solothurn - 18. November 2019

    Dr. Hans-Anton Keserue


    Presentation: "Rapid detection and quantification of bacteria using a cartridge based flow cytometer"



    The gold-standard to detect bacteria is based on cultivation. This is a tedious and time-consuming process, that resultsin high variability.
    The rqmicro method is based on immunomagnetic separation and single cell counting, offering very fast time-to-result andabsolute quantification.

    Dr. Matthias Wolf, Metrology Engineer

    HEXAGON Manufacturing Intelligence

    Presentation: "Laser scanning for industrial metrology: time-of-flight at sub-mm accuracy in the Leica ATS600"



    Laser Scanners utilizing the time-of-flight method for optical distance determination usually achieve accuracies in the mm-range at best. With the Leica ATS600 Hexagon Manufacturing introduced a novel device combining laser tracking with direct laser scanning for the industrial market. With an accuracy in the sub-mm range, the ATS600 is an ideal solution for customers in the aerospace, energy and heavy machinery industries, where large objects have to be measured at high accuracy. We will show how a unique combination of optical technologies, from light source to detector, and advanced algorithms enabled us to improve the accuracy of the pre-existing Wave-Form-Digitizer (WFD) method used in traditional terrestrial laser scanners by more than a factor of ten.


  • London - 19. + 20. November 2019

    Matthew Wasley

    Knowledge Transfer network

    Presentation: "Photonics in the UK and beyond"



    Photonics in the UK worth £13.5bn to the economy, employs over 69,000 people and has experienced 8.4% like for like growth over the last 2 years - yet it's still a largely unknown sector to the general public and to most in government. This talk will examine UK photonics and its place in a European and wider context, will highlight current challenges, including the lack of diversity in the sector, and will look at actions to address these.

    Chris Tate

    Optical and Software Director, PureLifi

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    David Mahon

    Lynkeos Technology

    Presentation: "Passive NDT using Cosmic-Ray Muons"



    Lynkeos Technology is a Scottish company that specialises in the Non-Destructive Testing field known as Muography. This passive imaging technique uses naturally-occurring background radiation, in the form of cosmic-ray muons, to inspect the contents of heavily-shielded containers and large-scale infrastructure. Lynkeos spun-out from a seven-year Nuclear Decommissioning Authority funded project at the University of Glasgow to develop an innovative system to characterise the contents of nuclear waste containers. This research was undertaken with the National Nuclear Laboratory. In 2018, Lynkeos deployed a first-of-a-kind Muon Imaging System at Sellafield. This award-winning technology is now being used to provide quality assurance measurements for thermally-treated processes.

    At the heart of this technology is Hamamatsu H12700MA PMTs, which detect the light signal produced when a muon passes through a mesh of plastic scintillating fibres. By interpreting each signal, Lynkeos can determine the path taken by the muon through a container and produce a 3D density image of the container contents. Selected results from research and commercial imaging campaigns will be presented at Hamamatsu’s 2019 Technology Days.


  • Paris - 21. + 22. November 2019

    Dr. Philippe Perdu

    Former Senior Expert in microelectronics at CNES / Toulouse


    Philippe Perdu was Senior Expert in microelectronics at CNES from 2002 to 2018. He led the VLSI Failure Analysis CNES laboratory from 1988 to 2016. His main activity was to develop techniques and to adapt tools for electronic components dedicated to space applications. It mostly concerned the FA process (defect localization).


    His other activities were to provide support to space projects (failure analysis at system / board / component level), to drive expertise roadmap (tooling) and to setup R&D programs related to VLSI expertise and reliability, to coach, train and supervise teams dedicated to these activities.

    He holds an Electronic Specialty MS, Ph.D. and HDR (academic research supervisor). He has authored or co-authored more than 239 papers and 25 patents.


    He chaired CCT MCE, a corporate network on electronic components and MEMS (2007 to 2011) and ANADEF, the French FA society (former President from 2005 to 2009, now Secretary). He was Board Member of EDFAS (Electron Device Failure Analysis Society), Organizing Committee Member of ISTFA from 2005 to 2014 (Technical Chair in 2010, General Chair in 2012). He is still a EUFANET (European Failure Analysis NETwork) Board Member, Associate Editor of EDFA Magazine, Editorial Advisory Board Member of Miroelectronics Reliability and Steering Committee Member of ESREF (Vice-Chair in 2015). He has participated in ESREF, ISTFA, IRPS, IPFA conferences as Author, Committee Member and session Chair.


    He is doing research on optical testing (static and dynamic laser stimulation, laser probing and emission microscopy) and defect localization in 3D devices. He is deeply involved in CNES / NTU cooperation and was Adjunct Senior Principal Research Scientist at Temasek laboratories @ NTU from 2016 to 2018 and is Intraspec Technologies Scientific Advisor since 2011.


    Presentation: "Photon Swiss Knife, the perfect tool to do everything today and tomorrow"


    Abstract: The ways photons can be used for applications are not limited. Whatever you are doing, there will be photon based tools and techniques to help you. The key to success is the understanding of the problem you would like to solve, the knowledge of already existing tools, suitable adaptations and evolutions to build the perfect fit for your needs.
    In this keynote, I will overview families of applications, related to heating, machining, measuring, observing and stimulating, from the past with Archimedes in Syracuse, to the future with Inertial Confinement Fusion; from the telescope observation of 13 billion years old photons to the ultimate interferometer to measure gravitational waves. Even if it concerns various fields from astronomy, defense, health, to energy, I will mostly focus on microelectronic applications where the expression "Photon Swiss Knife" has been an everyday evidence for me. Nevertheless, I will expand to other fields, establish similarities and open the door to the cross-fertilization of sciences.

    Mr. Camille Midrier



    Camille Midrier studies organic chemistry from 2003 to 2007 at the chemistry school of Lyon (CPE Lyon). He continued with a PhD thesis in chemistry school of Montpellier (ENSCM) in collaboration with Bayer Cropscience focus on the development of new herbicide. After his PhD in 2010, he works in both academical and industrial laboratories. He joined Athéor in 2016 and is currently responsible of the development and the formulation of new ink for glass marking application. He is also in charge of the industrial development of the glass marking process.

    Presentation: "Innovative Solution for Indelible Glass Marking"



    Athéor has developed an innovative chemical method, that solve the problem of indelible glass marking. The developed ink, glass’in, is invisible under ambient light and visible under UV for traceability applications. Glass' in® allow a unitary, visible or invisible coding dedicated to the traceability of glass packagings (bottles, bulbs, syringes… ). It is deposited by ink jet, then transformed into glass, under UV activation. Incorporating optically active compounds, it is readable by industrial reader. Thanks to its tracing and authenticating properties, it protects the brands and the distribution networks by giving means to fight against the grey market and counterfeiting. In production, it avoids the cross-contamination (anti-mixture). The product is designed for the glassmakers and the conditioning industries who use glass as packaging material in the Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Wines & Spirits sectors.

    Mr. Brice Villier



    Brice Villier is OEM product manager at Horiba Scientific formerly Jobin Yvon. Engineer in Optics, he first worked in field of Nuclear physics by developing X-ray imaging system for tracer imaging on MegaJoule facility. After graduation in 2006, he moved to Hamamatsu Photonics France as Sales engineer of systems division focused on Scientific camera for Physics Lab. Passionate about photonics and electronics technology, he was in Charge OEM customer of System division and took an internal sales support role for new technologies inside France office.
    In 2013, I moved to Horiba Scientifics as OEM sales engineer for diffraction gratings and spectroscopy module. Since 2016, he acts as OEM product manager taking and develops new device, markets and application for Worldwide OEM customers and internal Horiba customers.

    Presentation: "Smart spectrometers using Hamamatsu BT CCD"



    Spectroscopic devices were until recently complex devices to interface with production tools, requiring local computers and software development and maintenance. Industry tendency is to develop new kind of Smart sensors that can operate in standalone and communicate with facility management tools.
    This conference will show a new electronics platform driving Hamamatsu BT CCD sensor and concept for spectroscopic devices with on board processing directly controlling Semiconductors tools based on Plasma Etching (EndPoint detection) and report to production facility though Ethernet interface. This concept is also applicable in various process application promoting the adoption of photonics technologies in industry by non-specialists.

  • Stockholm - 25. + 26. November

    Dr. Jan-Erik Källhammer

    Veoneer Sweden

    Presentation: "Supplying Photonics to Automotive, A Perspective"


    Work is underway to complement cameras and radar with LiDAR in serial automotive use.
    There are many considerations besides technical challenges to be made before photonic sensors such as LiDAR can be launched as a serial product for the automotive market.
    The talk will cover Veoneer – who we are and what we do, considerations on LiDAR requirements, and what it means to supply the automotive market.

    Torbjörn Norberg

    Pharmacolog AB

    Presentation: "DrugLog® – Spectrographic analysis of pharmaceuticals in the medical care process"



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  • Munich - 27. + 28. November

    Dr. Werner Ritter

    Daimler AG


    Dr. Werner Ritter received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin in 1988 and his PhD from the University of Koblenz in 1996. His thesis dealt with a traffic sign recognition system in color image sequences, which was successfully demonstrated during the final review of the European PROMETHEUS project in 1994. Until 2000 he led the development of the DAIMLER traffic sign recognition system at DAIMLER´s research. From 2000 - 2012, he was responsible for the development of the DAIMLER nigh view system in the DAIMLER research department. Since 2012 he has been responsible for the development of DAIMLER´s bad-weather-driver-assistance systems. With this focus, he manages the DAIMLER activities of several publicly funded EU projects. He is currently coordinating the publicly funded EU ECSEL project DENSE (aDverse wEather eNvironmental Sensing systEm, 2016 - 2019) with the goal of developing a 24/7 all-weather sensor suite.


    Presentation: "What happens to self-driving cars if the weather turns bad? New Sensor Suite for driver assistance and automated driving working 24/7 – in all weather"



    Current Advanced-Driver-Assistance-Systems (ADAS) offer comfort and safety in good weather. However, they often fail to sense their surroundings in visibility conditions with heavy rain, snow or fog causing the automated systems to stop their support.

    The publicly funded EU project DENSE (aDverse wEather eNvironmental Sensing systEm, addresses this key challenge of autonomous driving by developing a fully reliable environment perception technology that extends the performance of sensors in adverse visibility conditions. The project designs, tests and validates a generic and affordable sensor suite that enables driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems to operate also in adverse weather.

    The project started in June 2016. After a short overview of the currently used sensors and their limitations in adverse weather, results of the sensor development and testing, as well as of the processing unit are presented.

    Dr. Michael Mei

    Menlo Systems


    Master in Science, University of Massachusetts, 1994
    Diploma in Physics, University of Konstanz, 1996
    (experimental work in University of New York, Stony Brook, 1996)
    PhD in Physics, Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, and Ludwig-Maximilians University, 2001
    Topic: Atom Interferometry (Experimente zur atomaren Vielstrahlinterferenz)
    Advisor: Prof. T. W. Hänsch

    Research Associate
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1997
    Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics: 1998-2001
    Founder, CEO, Menlo Systems, 2001-present   


    Presentation: "When precision matters: Femtosecond lasers, Terahertz systems, and optical frequency combs, and its applications"



    Menlo Systems GmbH is a leading developer and global supplier ofinstrumentation for high precision metrology. The presentation will summarize latest technology achievements in its Nobel Prize winning optical frequency comb products and highlight some recentapplications that are enabled by the high precision instrumentsbased on femtosecond lasers, Terahertz systems, and optical frequency combs.

    Philip Gühlke


    Presentation: "Fiber-Integrated Spectrometer"



    Highly focused femtosecond laserpulses are applied to create a unique diffractive element directly within the core of a standard optical fiber. Without the need of any pre- or postprocessing the nanoscopic grating combines all optical components of a classical spectrometer and leads to a device with sub-nanometer resolution even at extremely small footprints. The only two remaining components are the modified optical fiber and a detector which allows economic and robust spectroscopy even at industrial scale. As a first application a miniaturized interrogation system for fiber optical sensors is presented.

  • Milan - 29. November 2019

    Dr. Tommaso Cervi

    Mega System


    Born on 5 July 1990, I had always a passion for research. I began my academic career at the University of Pavia, graduating in Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics with a thesis entitled: "Characterization of a SiPM at cryogenic temperature, in view of a development of a scintillation light detector into liquid noble gas TPC ". Then I obtained my PhD in Physics in Pavia on 18 January 2019, with a thesis entitled " Development of an innovative photodetector for liquid argon applications: the SiPMs Single Channel Array ". It is one year I am working as a researcher at Mega System srl, a company located in Bareggio (MI) which manufactures equipment for the analysis and sampling of polluting substances produced by factories.

    Presentation: "MPPC array to measure nitrogen oxides in pollution gases"



    To measure the Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emitted into the atmosphere by ducts or chimneys, the European Standard specifies as Standard Reference Method (SRM) the Chemiluminescence technique. This method consists on the reaction between the sample gas containing Nitrogen Monoxide (NO) and the Ozone produced by an Ozone generator, which produces a light emission (chemiluminescence) proportionally to the NO concentration.

    Because of the Nitrogen Oxides are, generally, composed by about 90% of NO and 10% of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), the European Standard includes also the method to measure the concentration of NO2. In this case the sample gas should pass through a NO2 to NO converter which consist on a heated chamber which contains a catalyst material able to reach a conversion efficiency of at least 95%.

    The NO chemiluminescence emission spectrum is peaked around 1200 nm with a lower cut-off around 600 nm. To avoid the detection of light produced by other reactions of other gases with the Ozone which emit, usually, into the visible wavelength range, an optical filter at 600 nm is used.

    Nowadays because of the emission range of interest, almost all the instruments use a Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) to detect the produced light.

    Due to the recent developing of the semiconductor technology specially regarding the light detection, in our application we are developing a system based on an MPPC array to replace the PMT. The reason of this choice is based on the possible advantages that an MPPC gives, such as the smaller size, the versatility of the possible configurations and the higher resistance to mechanical stresses. All these features are very useful to apply this technology into portable multi-gas analysers.

    Dr. Cristian Previtali



    Cristian Previtali, born in August 1978, has a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering – "Microelectronics and Instrumentation" specialization – obtained “cum laude” in 2003 with a thesis focused on the physical characterization of Flash memories. He has been working in Cefriel since 2004 and its main activities concern the ideation, development and design of smart products for various market sectors, from automotive to biomedical, from white goods to lighting.

    Presentation: "Smart Solutions Enabling Digital Innovation"



    Cefriel is a digital innovation center that creates products, services and processes, participates in international research programs and develops digital culture and skills.​ Exploiting the link with universities and selected technology providers, Cefriel is the company’s best partner when the focus is on the application of know-how and technologies to address challenges, opportunities, and expectations in digital innovation.   
    Some examples of innovative solutions developed in recent years by Cefriel have been based on the use of spectrometry to recognize materials in order to enable new possible business scenarios. The first experience of this kind was made for a European manufacturer operating in the household appliance sector, who wanted to offer his customers a low-cost portable device in order to recognize the fabrics present in the laundry and choose the most appropriate washing machine cycle. Exploiting the skills offered by the Chemistry Department of the Politecnico di Milano and the technology offered by Hamamatsu Photonics – in particular the MEMS FPI spectrum sensors operating in the Near Infra-Red region – it was possible to develop a low-cost portable device that could recognize the different types of fabrics in the laundry. From this first experience Cefriel has carried out new internal initiatives, always based on Hamamatsu Photonics technology, aimed at materials recognition - from the discrimination of plastics in a waste disposal center to the detection of the deterioration level of food - in order to enable new services for potential new customers.

  • Hamamatsu Speakers

    Prof. Dr. Peter Seitz

    Hamamatsu Photonics Europe


    Peter Seitz studied physics and did his Master in solid-state/semiconductor physics at ETH Zurich. His Ph.D. thesis at ETH was on 2D and 3D X-ray imaging and computed tomography. He subsequently worked for RCA, General Electric, the Paul Scherrer Institute, CSEM, ETH, EPFL and the University of Neuchatel. Today, Peter Seitz is Senior Technologist at Hamamatsu Photonics Europe, he is Adjunct Professor of optoelectronics at EPFL and he is a startup coach at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH. He is also active as a member of the Executive Committees of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW and of the European Technology Platform Photonics21. Peter Seitz has authored and co-authored about 200 publications in the fields of applied optics, semiconductor image sensing, machine vision, optical metrology and in the MedTech domain. He holds more than 60 patents, and he has won 25 national and international awards together with his teams.

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    Prof. Dr. Massimo Caccia

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  • Contact information

    Alexander Kirst


    Phone: +49 8152 375 118