Live From Photonics West 2016

SPIE Photonics West is for many companies from the photonics industry the actual beginning of the year. This time, too, we have visited a number of them at their booths and wanted to know, what new developments they exhibit at Photonics West, about what new trends in the field of optics, photonics, or laser applications the experts intend to inform themselves, and from which industrial or academic areas they expect visitors at their booths.

At Diamond booth (Source: Wiley VCH)

Diamond, booth 4568 (Source: Wiley VCH)

At Diamond’s booth 4568 you will see E2000 Interlock and DMI PCB connector for high power applications. The experts want to learn about advances in laser technology including sweep and tunable lasers, low noise, high speed lasers and compact and high power laser engines. Mirko Bachman expects specialists for laser sources for medical and sensor applications at the booth 4568.

Dilas is introducing higher power fiber coupled diode laser modules, based on single-emitter technology, for pumping of Yb3+ doped fiber lasers (up to 90 W, 976 nm, up to 80 W, 976 nm with smallest spectral width, each in 105 µm, NA 0.22), at it’s booth 4765. In addition, Dilas releases a new pump source at 793 nm, 105 µm, NA 0.22 for pumping of Tm3+ doped fiber lasers. These are suitable for applications in medicine, the projection of laser cinema, or the pumping of Ti:sapphire lasers.

(Source: Wiley-VCH)

Dilas founder Marcel Marchiano was pleased with massive interest in his booth directly after opening of the show (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Jörg Neukum explains: “With our worldwide sites, Dilas is permanently analyzing potential markets and developing products. Fairs such as Photonics West are a good place to use the numerous customer contacts to get a more precise picture of the market and its needs. Already way before the start of the show, we have numerous requests from customers who ask for concrete meetings. These customers are coming from a variety of markets, such as OEM laser manufacturers (especially fiber laser manufacturers), as well as laser projection, graphic arts, lithography, materials processing, medical and defense. Our customers from the scientific field are traditionally well represented at such fairs / conferences.”

Sill Optics, booth B/1241 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

F-Theta objective for femtosecond lasers are shown at the Sill Optics booth 1241. The objectives are color-correct over 100 nm bandwidth and show no internal back reflections (ghosts) within the lens system or on the scan mirrors. Furthermore, fused silica scan lens with 65 mm focal length for a 10 mm beam and spot sizes of around 10 µm as well as low absorption coating for UV lasers (355 nm) are shown. Particularly interesting for the experts is the field of femtosecond lasers: bandwidth, pulse lengths, pulse energies, materials and coatings for fs lasers as well as the manufacturing of aspheres. On its own booth, they expect a particularly large number of visitors form the micro material treatment, life science as well as high power lasers.

Edmund Optics introduces its visitors to the latest Techspec lenses and filters at booth 1612. The YAG-BBAR coated achromatic lenses consist of two optical components cemented together to form a doublet that is ideal for correcting on-axis spherical and chromatic aberrations. They are optimized for < 0.25 % absolute reflexivity at 532 and 1064 nm and exhibit excellent broadband transmission from 500 to 1.100 nm. The Techspec Imaging filters are optimized for use with popular LEDs. Extremely high and flat transmission profiles provide even illumination. Multiple mounting sizes and threads are available to ease system compatibility. EO will feature demos about DIC cage microscope, liquid lens technology, and manufacturing capabilities of Edmund Optics.

Edmund Optics booth B/1612 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Edmund Optics, booth B/1612 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Agnes Hübscher explains: “We are hoping to get to know new products, which allow flexibility and support miniaturization by decreasing building sizes. One of these products could be liquid lenses, which maximize imaging system flexibility across a wide variety of applications requiring rapid focusing. By integrating a liquid lens, the imaging system can change the plane of focus in milliseconds in order to provide sharp images, regardless of the object’s distance from the camera. Conversely, an imaging system without a liquid lens would be optimized for a specific working distance and is depth of field limited. Objects of varying height would result in an image of less than desired quality due to defocus. This makes integrating liquid lenses an ideal choice for applications that require focusing at multiple distances where the objects under inspection are different sizes or at different distances away from the lens such as barcode reading, package sorting, security, and rapid automation. I am curious to see if there will be new products at the show supporting that trend. We expect to see many visitors from the life sciences industry and well as OEM accounts, and academia.”

Photon Energy booth 811 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Photon Energy, booth 811 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Photon Energy introduces its new Cepheus picosecond laser with 30% more power at booth 811. The pulse widths of this mode-locked diode-pumped solid-state laser are typically below 15 ps. These ultrafast laser pulses induce nonlinear multi-photon absorption processes which to a large extent make the processing independent from laser wavelength. Cepheus is able to generate high pulse energies of up to 300 μJ and can also work at high repetition rates making it the right choice for fast processing. The experts will mainly inform about materials processing with ultra-short pule lasers and new trends and developments in the field of ultra-short pulse laser technology.

Merve Tinkir mainly expects visitors from the field of industrial ultra-short pulse laser applications at the boots of Photon Energy.


Fisba booth C/2429 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Fisba, booth C/2429 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Fisba is showing different new product developments at booth 2429 like the FIScam – the smallest micro-camera platform in the world –, Fisba RGBeam – the most compact RGB laser diode module platform –, molded IR Optics made of chalcogenide material, FAC lenses with different focal length and also for blue wavelength as well as SAC lenses for single-emitters. Fisba sees new trends in augmented reality applications, thermal imaging, projection and, gas / analytics sensing and  expects to have visitors from the material processing, defense and security and automotive industry as well as from medical technology and life sciences.

A whole series of products are showcased be PI (Physik Instrumente) in at the booths 4829 and 4929, right across from the German Pavilion. Among them are air bearing stages with travel ranges from 100 mm to 1 m, piezo-flexure nano positioning systems for nanotechnology and microscopy applications as well as highly dynamic 6-axis hexapods for alignment, motion simulation and image stabilization. New products are motion controller for conventional and piezo motors as well as miniature linear and rotary stages – PI’s new Q-Motion series – based on a novel piezo-ceramic inertia motor.

PI booth D/4829 and 4929 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

PI, booths D/4829 and 4929 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

The highlight will be the photonics alignment system for silicon photonics applications – PI’s fast multi-axis photonics aligner (FMPA) was selected a Prism Award Finalist. The system is capable of blindingly fast characterization and alignment speeds, and alignments in multiple degrees of freedom on the inputs and outputs are achieved in parallel. The system provides 25 mm of xyz coarse travel and 100 µm of xyz fine travel, all closed-loop and limitable for device safety. The modular expandable E-712 motion controller platform with integrated alignment routines specially adapted for this task is responsible for the control and is able to control six motorized as well as six piezo actuator axes.

The PI experts will mainly inform themselves about drive technology, optical metrology and vibration cancellation systems. On its own booth, they expect a particularly large number of visitors form the photonics and semiconductor technology, and the field of biotechnology.

Toptica Photonics booth A/932 and 1023 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Toptica Photonics, booths A/932 and 1023 (Source: Wiley-VCH)

Toptica Photonics introduces their latest developments in laser technology at the booths 932 and 1023, including diode lasers for biophotonics and quantum technology as well as terahertz-systems for industrial metrology. For the first time, the frequency comb DFC-Core will be presented in a compact 19-inch rack design. Tim Paasch-Colberg explains: “We are interested in quantum technology that can reach from measuring fundamental constants to quantum cryptography. We will also watch the latest trends in biophotonics since many of our lasers are used in microscopes as light sources. In addition, material inspection is also an important application for us because our terahertz systems are ideal solutions in this field.
We are happy about every visitor at our booth that is interested in our latest laser developments. We hope to provide solutions for demanding applications in biophotonics and microscopy, in industrial metrology and material inspection, as well as quantum optics and spectroscopy.” (Source: Ed.)

Links: SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, California, USA • Diamond USA Inc., Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA • Fisba AG, St. Gallen, SwitzerlandPhoton Energy GmbH, Ottensoos, GermanyPhysik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG, Karlsruhe, GermanySill Optics GmbH & Co. KG, Wendelstein, GermanyToptica Photonics AG, Gräfelfing, GermanyEdmund Optics GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany • Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH, Mainz-Hechtsheim, Germany

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