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    Presenter Description: 

    Matthias Sachsenhauser holds a degree in experimental physics, with a focus on semiconductors and bio-nanotechnology. After obtaining his PhD at the Technical University of Munich, he started working as a technical sales engineer at Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH in 2016. While his main expertise lies on optoelectronic components for industrial applications, a particular focus of his work is also dedicated to growing sales of laser-driven light sources in Europe by identifying new target applications and markets.

  • Laser-driven light sources: Advanced illumination for optical sensor characterization and imaging applications


    Today’s cutting-edge research and manufacturing applications in materials sciences require light sources capable of delivering bright and highly stable light over long lifetimes.

    The laser-driven light source (LDLS) technology is able to provide ultra-high brightness over a broad wavelength band (ranging from DUV to IR) making it a powerful and extremely long-lifetime alternative to conventional deuterium, short-arc xenon or tungsten-halogen lamps in advanced applications, such as semiconductor metrology and inspection, thin film monitoring or hyperspectral imaging. This presentation provides a fundamental introduction into the LDLS technology itself, along with a brief product overview and selected application examples.

    In addition, the latest system-level light source developments harvesting the LDLS technology will be discussed, with a particular focus on the laser-driven tunable light source (LDTLS) and the Chromatiq Spectral Engine (CSE). While the monochromator-based LDTLS allows to generate wavelength tunable light with unrivaled scanning speed and accuracy, the novel CSE can emulate real-world lighting conditions by precisely controlling the spectral content of emitted light. Among other applications, these unique light sources enable efficient testing and calibration of optical sensors in high-volume production environments.


  • Reinventing Mid-IR Detectors: A Breakthrough in Sustainable Technology for Gas Sensing

    Gas sensing is extremely important to address many challenges of our times, including environment protection. However, some traditional technologies in this field use materials like Lead or Mercury, which are dangerous pollutants. Hamamatsu Photonics is pioneering environmentally friendly detector solutions with unmatched performance at room temperature.


    Presenter Description: 

    Gaetano Panagia is a Technical Marketing Engineer with Hamamatsu Photonics Europe since 2021. In this role, he is responsible for promotion and sales support of photonics components such as mid-infrared detectors, light sources, and spectrometers. In the past, he has also been involved with optical components in the machine vison industry.

  • The ever shrinking LiDAR package


    The applications of LiDARs have grown exponentially in recent years, thanks to the multipronged approaches to improving technical performance, energy efficiency and packaging. Hamamatsu Photonics vertically integrated production of LiDAR components has led to significant all round advancements and is moving towards modules of added value for our OEM customers.


    Presenter Description: 

    Naveen Balla has been with Hamamatsu Photonics Europe for the last 3 yrs. He is responsible for management of laser products and certain UV light sources at Hamamatsu. In addition, he is also involved in analysis and development of business in Europe. Prior to working at Hamamatsu, Naveen worked briefly as an optical engineer at Valeo Vision Systems and has a number of years of research experience in microscopy and ultrafast spectroscopy


  • Benchmarking of photon counting and number resolving techniques in cameras


    Most imaging applications using quantum illumination are enabled through single photon counting detectors. Detectors capable of spatially detecting single photons – i.e. cameras – have been used for more than 4 decades. The output of those cameras is binary in nature, since their structure allows for the reliable discrimination between 0 and 1 photons in each pixel, but not between other numbers.

    Since the first commercial camera providing photon number resolving capability was recently released, some of the key performance differences between single photon counting and photon number resolving cameras will be presented – both in a fundamental discussion as well as in specific implementations.


    Presenter Description: 

    Dr. Sebastian Beer has more than 10 years of experience in the field of low light imaging. Trained as a biomedical engineer he used to supervise the optical and electron microscopes at the Life Science Engineering Department of the University of Applied Sciences Giessen. As a camera application engineer at Hamamatsu Photonics he participates in the knowledge exchange between the company and the users, observing new applications and managing new product releases.


    Presenter Description: 

    Fabian Brandl holds a degree in chemistry, with a focus on physical and theoretical chemistry. He has over six years experience as a researcher in the field of ultra-fast spectroscopy at Uni Regensburg focusing on mechanistic studies in the field of photo catalysis. He joint Hamamatsu Photonics in 2020. As a streak systems expert for Europe he participates in the knowledge exchange between the company and the users, identifying new target applications and markets and managing new product releases.

  • Beyond pico-seconds – Hamamatsu Photonics new Universal Streak Camera


    Hamamatsu Photonics as a big player in the market of optoelectronic sensors, light sources and components offers various spectroscopic techniques and instruments. One of the most outstanding instruments are the streak cameras designed as best direct measurement method for ultra-fast light phenomena.

    Streak camera systems are perfect instruments for simultaneous time and wavelength resolved measurements and therefore beating the traditional TCSPC method in many fields. No other direct spectroscopic technique offers such a flexible measurement range (ms down to ps) with ultrafast (<600 fs) time resolution. Various models cover a wide spectral range from UV to NIR and all come with single photon sensitivity, a large dynamic range and high repetition rate complying with even the most demanding applications. Additional function expanding units adding a second time axis and blanking possibilities even broaden the possible applications further.

    These can range from typical time resolved fluorescence measurements, raman spectroscopy even to transient absorption and therefore applying perfect for mechanistic studies in physics as well as in chemistry. The streak camera is capable of single shot experiments as they are typical in discharge and high energy physics, up to several hundreds of MHz in repetition rate as they are typical for linear accelerator and synchrotron facilities. Other typical application fields are LIDAR, photon correlation, nuclear fusion, optical communication as well as investigating quantum devices.



  • Image sensors from visible to near infrared spectrum


    With the continuous increase in volume and quality, it is becoming more and more important to use instruments for vision systems in production lines. In this presentation you will learn more about the key technical features and Hamamatsu Photonics` latest CCD and CMOS products, covering the UV and visible spectrum to the new frontiers of sensors with near and mid-infrared detectors for industrial applications.


    Presenter Description: 

    Luigi Ghezzi is Technical Marketing Engineering at Hamamatsu Photonics Europe, where he focuses on detectors ranging from ultraviolet, visible to near and short infrared.

    After graduating in physics at Federico II of Naples in 2010, specializing in solid-state physics, optics and optoelectronics, Ghezzi began his career in the automotive sector, where he expanded his optical skills in industrial processes and the use of silicon-based sensors in the automotive and industrial sectors. At Hamamatsu Photonics Europe Ghezzi is focused on the Si and InGaAs PD&APD and image sensor product families.


  • Spectroscopy at ultra-high dynamic range, high sensitivity and high spectral resolution


    Spectrometers typically rely on the comparisons of signals. But the intensities mustn’t differ too much, to fit into the instrument’s dynamic range. Otherwise, filters or sequential measurements become necessary. Hence, samples with high densities or processes with simultaneous excitation and emission such as plasma monitoring or photoluminescence are difficult to access for spectroscopy.


    Our innovative OPAL-Luxe spectrometer now offers a solution as it enhances the dynamic range from a few tens of thousands to an unprecedented range of 2.5 million to 1.


    Presenter Description: 

    Dr. Frank Tobias is leading the Technical Marketing Engineer group of Hamamatsu Photonics Europe. The group is covering a wide range of products and is involved in analysis and development of business in Europe. Frank Tobias holds a PhD in Physics and has many years of experience as product manager.


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