13 News 2018 Vol. 1 Diverse products for automotive LiDAR This year, we highlighted technologies for LiDAR that play a role in ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and autonomous vehicles. A major section of our booth exhibited a wide variety of sensors for distance measurement – including photodiodes, avalanche photodiodes, silicon photomultipliers (or MPPC), and distance image sensors – as well as other components such as MEMS mirrors and laser diodes. To showcase these products’ capabilities, we had several demos throughout the booth that featured combinations of sensors, mirrors, and laser diodes. Ever-expanding silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) lineup Our lineup of SiPMs (called MPPC) is continually expanding, and at Photonics West, we unveiled a number of new types. These include NIR-enhanced SiPM modules, whose sensitivity extends to 1,000 nm; SiPMs with a 600 nm peak sensitivity (compared to our conventional 450 nm peak); and low-cost types that feature a hole-wire bonding structure. Hamamatsu Photonics shines at Photonics West 2018 SPIE Photonics West, the biggest trade show in the photonics industry, was held in San Francisco, California, from January 30 to February 1. There, we introduced many new products at our booth and presented several talks at the conferences. Other new products We also displayed new light sources and a CMOS camera, just to name a few. Our new light sources included xenon flash lamps whose emission range encompasses the UV to mid-infrared regions. Our new camera called ORCA-Spark is an affordable CMOS camera for routine microscopy applications. Conference presentations and workshops At our conference presentations, the attendees were treated to a preview of our products currently in development such as InGaAs SPAD (single-photon avalanche diode) arrays, silicon SPAD arrays, and InGaAs MPPC. Our other talks covered topics related to laser processing, terahertz light sources, and microscopy. We also held free workshop sessions where the attendees learned about photodetector selection and Raman spectroscopy.