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Hamamatsu Photonics

5th Technology Days


  • Speakers & Abstracts

    Solothurn - 18. November 2019

    Dr. Hans-Anton Keserue



    Hans-Anton Keserue studied Biotechnology at the École supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg. During his PhD in a joint project between ETHZ, Eawag and BAG he developed the basis for rqmicro’s rapid detection technology. He received a Pioneer Fellowship from the ETHZ to commercialize this technology and co-founded rqmicro in 2013 to revolutionize the Industrial Microbiology Market. Until inception of rqmicro he acts as CEO and President of the Board and drives the company to become a global leader in microbial detection technology.


    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


    Matthias Wolf graduated from University of Kaiserslautern with a degree in Physics in 2007. He earned his PhD at the same institution with his theisis on ultrafast photodynamics of flavin chromophors in 2012. His first industry position was in the technology department of the Laser Optics division of Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies in Oberkochen, Germany, where his focus was on integration technology for extreme-UV light source optics. After a stint in the Metrology group of Carl Zeiss Corporate Research and Development he joined the Laser Trackers Product Line at Leica, part of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, in 2015. As a Metrology and System Development Engineer he is responsible for the overall accuracy of optical dimensional measurement devices, such as Laser Trackers and Scanners for industrial applications.


    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.


    Dr Mostafa Afgani

    Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, pureLiFi


    Dr. Mostafa Afgani is a pioneer in the field of LiFi and has led the engineering & development of pureLiFi’s systems and solutions since its founding in 2012. During this time, he has delivered a number of world firsts for LiFi: the first commercial LiFi product (Li-1st), the first mobile LiFi product (Li-Flame), the first high-speed LiFi dongle (LiFi-X). Mostafa continues to lead future LiFi technology development including Gigabit LiFi components. Prior to co-founding pureLiFi he developed a sensitive signal anomaly detection system for Agilent (now Keysight) Technologies and held a research position at DoCoMo labs, Munich, Germany. Mostafa holds BSc and MSc degrees in electronics engineering from Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany and a PhD in communications and signal processing from the University of Edinburgh.


    Presentation: "LiFi: the future of consumer optical wireless communications"



    Optical wireless communications have been a widely used technology for several years. However, arguably, the average consumer has not knowingly experienced the impact of this technology in their daily lives. LiFi is a form of optical wireless communications that allows for high speed, secure wireless communications via the light spectrum. The technology has been maturing quickly over the past decade and is on the verge of dramatically enhancing the way the world connects, creating all new opportunities for the photonics sector. Dr Mostafa Afgani will discuss what LiFi is, how it works, the advantages of the technology and what role the photonics sector can play in this new LiFi market.


    David Mahon

    Business Development Director, Lynkeos Technology Ltd

    STFC Innovation Fellow, University of Glasgow


    David graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2006 with a 1st Class MSci in Physics. He completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear & Hadron Physics at the university four years later and started work as a software developer on an industrial research project funded by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd.  The aim of this project was to develop a passive inspection technology to characterise the contents of legacy nuclear waste containers using cosmic radiation.  Fast forward a decade and David is an awarding-winning researcher and entrepreneur in the Non-Destructive Testing field of Cosmic-ray Muography and oversaw the first-of-a-kind deployment of the Lynkeos Muon Imaging System at Sellafield.  As one of the pioneers of this field in Europe, David organised, hosted and guest-edited the proceedings for a Royal Society workshop in May 2018, which was attended by the leading muography researchers in the world, as well as presenting an overview of this diverse field at the New Scientist Live event later that year.


    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



    Jan-Erik Källhammer has 20 years’ experience with automotive active safety development. He was responsible for the inception and development of a Night Vision Drivers Vision Enhancement based on an uncooled long-wave infrared camera. The system is now on the market in Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes, Peugeot, and some luxury cars. Current works focus on visual enhancement in darkness and inclement weather (Night Vision, LIDAR, gated imaging). Key aspects are functional specifications, coordination with technology provider, suppliers, and customer contacts.

    Jan-Erik started 30 years ago with Machine Vision in automotive manufacturing at Borg Warner Corporation in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has also several years of experience with high-speed cameras and data analysis in automotive crash tests. In 1995 he joined Autoliv AB, Sweden – the world’s largest supplier of airbag and seat-belt systems - responsible for corporate funded research and development projects. There he launched active safety in the late 1990s. He is now with Veoneer – the electronics spin-off from Autoliv.

    Jan-Erik has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems from the department of Information and Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden, an M.S. In E.E. from Duke University, and a M.S. in M.E. from Luleå Technical University, Sweden. Jan-Erik has co-authored 26 articles and conference papers and has 19 patent proposals or granted patents.


    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



    Torbjörn started at Pharmacolog in 2018, with over 20 years of managerial experience within the domestic and international Life science industry, from large organizations to small start-ups within the medical technology and diagnostics sectors. His strengths including product & process development as well as quality regulated laboratory work. Torbjörn also have a university degree in microbiology/molecular biology and a PhD in experimental oncology.


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



    Pharmacolog AB is an Uppsala based company that provides solutions and products that enhance both work efficiency and safety by preventing errors of medication in patients treated with powerful yet potentially harmful, injectable drugs.  The current main product is DrugLog® which utilizes a spectral analysis of a small liquid samples.  These samples are compared with pre-set reference liquids, thereby determining drug identity and sample concentration.

    DrugLog® is a CE-marked Class 1 medical device and is currently used throughout Europe.  The devices are mainly used in hospital pharmacies to prepare cytotoxic drugs for oncology as well as pharmaceuticals for pediatric/neonatal care.

    The DrugLog® device is assembled by a Pharmacolog partner in Linköping on demand, with the product and software development located at Pharmacolog headquarters in Uppsala.

    Pharmacolog will soon launch two new products to further expand its product portfolio.  PrepLog® is an integrated solution for the medical care process while WasteLog® is a system for detecting drug diversion (USA).


    Alexander Hansson

    Principal Researcher, Orexplore AB




    Alexander Hansson, former Physicist, now Principal Researcher, Orexplore AB 01/2013 -
    Ph.D. in astrophysics, Astronimisches Rechen Institute, Heidelberg 2008-2012
    B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Astrophysics , Lund University 2003-2008


    Presentation: "3D Visualisation from combined X-Ray CT and Fluorescence - giving
    geologists new Insight™"



    Orexplore is helping geologists worldwide by increasing the quantity and quality of data that can be extracted from rock or drill cores. The method used is a combination X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), weighing and Computed Tomography (CT). Main applications are mineral exploration and ore deposit modeling in mines.
    The GeoCore X10 provides insights into 3D structural data, element concentrations and rock densities.
    EU Horizon 2020 is supporting the X-mine project.



  • 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.


    Dr. Christian Waltermann



    Christian Waltermann was born in 1986, studied physics at the Leibnitz University Hanover at the Institute for Quantum Optics until 2012 and doctorated at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute on a new kind of fiber optical 3D shape sensor afterwards in 2016. For over ten years, he has been working on the modification of different materials with femtosecond laser pulses and the creation of FBG-based sensors. He founded FiSens in 2017, formerly FiberSense, together with Philip Guehlke.


    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.


    Presentation: Photonics21 – A shining European Technology Platform


    Europe invests heavily into its R&D: The new seven-year framework program ‘Horizon Europe’ (2021-2027), will have a budget of about €100 billion. In order to make the most appropriate choices in the areas of funding, the European Commission (EC) solicits the advice from as many stakeholders in each area as possible. The instrument for obtaining this information are the currently 38 European Technology Platforms (ETP), bringing together a large number of European companies, research organizations and academic institutions. The task of each ETP is to collect and to concentrate the inputs from all its stakeholders, and to present a coherent, compelling R&D program to the EC, supported by solid numbers of the importance of the proposed actions and reliable predictions on its economic and societal impact.

    In a report commissioned by the EC in 2011, seven Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for Europe were identified: Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Photonics, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing. In terms of economic importance, Photonics is the most significant of these seven European KETs.

    The ETP Photonics21 is the organisation representing the interest of the highly relevant European photonics industry and research institutes in the field of photonics. With its 3300 members, Photonics21 is uniting the majority of the leading photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe. Photonics21 is currently organized in 7 working groups, covering the most important photonic topics for Europe: Information and Communication, Industrial Manufacturing and Quality, Life Sciences and Health, Emerging Lighting/Electronics/Displays, Sensors/Security/Metrology, Optical Components and Systems, as well as Research/Education/Training.

    In a practical example, it is demonstrated how well the technological and market predictions of the Photonics21 stakeholders (provided in the form of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda), match the actual developments and accomplishments observed seven years later.

    In order to be more significant and cost-effective, the European R&D program Horizon Europe will improve on the previous framework programs. A mission-oriented, impact-focussed approach to address global challenges is demanded. As a consequence, Photonics21’s most recent vision document “Europe’s Age of Light” planned for eight missions in areas with highest societal demand and largest economic impact: Live longer – feel better, Feed the world, Keep our traffic flowing, Zero emission – less waste, Empowering Industry 4.0, A new quality of urban life, Building our digital society (with a secure and resilient IT infrastructure), Linking big ideas.

    The EC has obligated the ETPs and the sustained PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships) to streamline and optimize their structure with the aim of becoming more application-oriented and more impactful. Photonics21 is currently planning such a re-structuring with the double aim of retaining the proven strength and involvement of its stakeholders, as well as stressing the application domains and the societal impact of the workgroups and their elaborated recommendations.


    Presentation: Novel imaging techniques for diagnostics and non-destructive testing


    The importance of image sensing and imaging techniques has risen dramatically in the past decade. As an example, consider the recent forecast that in 2019 more than 6 billion image sensors will be sold and integrated into systems with imaging capabilities. As a consequence, Hamamatsu is making great efforts to develop novel image sensing devices and imaging techniques, to meet the increasing image-generation requirements of our customers. Of particular importance are the medical and the professional NDT (non-destructive testing) markets, where the expectations regarding performance, reliability and image quality are particularly high. Examples of such novel products, currently under development for forthcoming market introduction, include the following:

    Low-dose X-ray imaging, capable of reducing the patient’s X-ray dose by a factor of ten, is made possible through replacing today’s scintillation-based X-ray detection by direct conversion with suitable semiconductors.

    Hamamatsu’s continuing efforts in miniaturizing both X-ray sources and detector electronics has led to novel portable equipment for portable X-ray analysis. A good example is the new generation of XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) micro-spectrometer systems for high-quality environmental analysis and non-contact material characterization in the field.

    A similar trend in spectrometer miniaturization for ultra-portable spectroscopic analysis products is also achieved with Hamamatsu’s novel optoelectronic components for Raman micro-spectroscopy: Micro-Raman modules, detector sensitivity improvements and special SERS substrates (Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) make it possible today to build very sensitive and highly selective Raman analysis instruments with the form factor of smartphones.

    A modular approach has also enabled a breakthrough in affordable confocal microscopy: By attaching up to four such modules to the side-port of any suitable, commercially available microscope model, it has become possible to convert such a microscope into a quasi-simultaneous multi-wavelength confocal fluorescence microscopy instrument, which is an extremely powerful tool in the life sciences.

    The infrared wavelength range from 2 to 12 micrometres is also called “diagnostic spectral range” because of the high specificity of the “spectral fingerprints” that can be acquired rapidly in a non-contact way. Hamamatsu’s new DFB Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) are extremely valuable components for the realization of miniaturized high-precision gas-sensing equipment. QCLs are of particular interest for this application, because the emission wavelength can be swept electronically over a significant spectral range. Both CW as well as pulsed QCL products in the wavelength range 4.3-10 microns are becoming available shortly.

    Instead of sweeping the wavelength of a laser diode as in QCLs, it is possible to implement even smaller and more affordable MIR (mid-infrared) spectroscopy solutions by combining a broad-band MIR light source and a corresponding micro-spectrometer module. Hamamatsu’s micro-FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-Red) module consists of a single, highly integrated MOEMS component (Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical System) for the realization of ultra-compact FTIR spectrometer products, perfectly fitting also into a smart phone.


    Presentation: Large-area display technologies


    Our digital society has an insatiable appetite for data – and after processing, these need to be displayed in suitable form for human beings. Today’s ubiquitous display solution consists of a large-area array of color LEDs (red-green-blue), which are found everywhere from digital watches over smartphones to TV sets and electronic billboards. However, video projectors (“beamers”) based on miniature DMD (Digital Mirror Device) or LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) devices are good examples for the creation of large imagery with small-scale, affordable systems. Hamamatsu is actively developing such cost-effective large-area display solutions, making use of several different technological approaches:

    Lasers are becoming easier to produce and to package if they are manufactured wafer-scale and their emission is perpendicular to the wafer surface. Such VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers) are found in a large number of products these days. Hamamatsu has optimized the manufacturing of these VCSELs, such that it becomes also possible to fabricate VCSEL arrays. In this way, the output power of the emitted laser light can be increased by large factors, simply by increasing the area covered by the VCSEL array.

    For the generation of images it is necessary that corresponding wave-fronts are generated, as pointed out by Nobel-prize-winner Dennis Gabor. His famous technique of holography, previously implemented with photographic emulsions, can profit substantially from novel digital technologies. A so-called Computer-Generated Hologram (CGH) is a simple yet versatile approach to generate large-area imagery with a miniature device: Just a millimetre-size projection system consisting of a laser diode and a phase-modifying CGH platelet are required.

    While conventional CGH projectors are static, Hamamatsu’s LCOS-SLM system is able to create CGH patterns in real-time and to generate arbitrary wave-fronts and phase distributions – and therefore also imagery of any size. The power-handling capacity of the new generation of LCOS-SLM is so high that it can be even employed for laser marking, cutting and machining.

    Hamamatsu has developed a novel projection device, consisting of a single light-emission and phase-modulation device, essentially combining distributed, side-emitting laser structures and a CGH device on a millimetre-size platelet. This so-called iPMSEL (integrated Phase-Modulating Surface-Emitting Laser) is an extremely compact light-pattern generator that can also be used to create time-varying imagery on large areas.

    As demonstrated by the DMDs in video projectors, optomechanical scanning can lead to superior system performance and higher cost-effectiveness. This is true both for image generation as well as for LIDAR/TOF scanning. In particular, this required for high-accuracy 3D image acquisition under extremely high background light conditions, as is typically the case in autonomous cars driving in full daylight. Hamamatsu has developed a range of very reliable 1D and 2D micromirror modules, with a (resonant) modulation/scanning frequency of up to 50 kHz.

    Although it has been known for many years that organic LEDs can be fabricated on very large (poster-size) areas at low cost, no product has made a commercial appearance until now. The problem is the operational stability of these devices that are sensitive to moisture, to oxygen and to UV light. Hamamatsu has recently made a breakthrough in the production of very stable, high-quality yet low-cost organic LEDs with operational lifetimes of many thousand hours. This could be the long-sought technology for affordable large-area color displays, for which a plethora of applications exist.



    Prof. Dr. Massimo Caccia

    Universita’ dell’Insubria


    Massimo Caccia is Full Professor of Experimental Physics at Università dell’Insubria, located in Como (Italy).

    Particle physicist, Massimo grew up scientifically at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory located in Geneva (Switzerland), where he was part of the DELPHI experiment at the Large Electron-Positron collider, an accelerator hosted in a 27 km long underground tunnel.


    Massimo works since the early days of his career on silicon detectors of elementary particles and  photons, namely light quanta. He contributed to the development of advanced systems for particle physics experiments based on position sensitive detectors and, since 15 years,  the technology platform for his projects is based on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM), state-of-the-art sensors of light with single photon sensitivity and photon number resolving capability.


    Massimo was principal investigator of several research proposals funded by the European Commission, in collaboration with industry. It is worth mentioning SUCIMA, addressing dose delivery optimisation in intravascular brachytherapy; RAPSODI, a pioneering project on the use of SiPM in novel instruments for environmental radiation monitoring and dosimetry in mammography and MODES-SNM, focused on homeland security.


    Lately, Massimo entered the domain of cryptography with Random Power, a project based on a novel True Random Number Generator.


    Presentation: FIAT LUX!



    It took about 380 000 years for the Universe to be transparent to light. The footprint of this event is still with us and its details are a map of the evolution since then. Light made free marks the journey that eventually made  life possible and it is through light that we sense the world around us, with our eyes and with some of the most advanced instruments mankind continues to develop.


    The talk will overview some of the most recent advances in light sources and detectors, with a focus on what results by the exploitation of the semiconductor technology (Silicon and beyond). Exemplary illustrations of novel methods and instruments will be provided, application driven or technology pushed, to explore, measure space & time and see beyond what our eyes can see, to get  an extended perception of reality.


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