Photonics West 2017

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28 January 2017 to 02 February 2017
San Francisco, US


Avantes will show its new AvaSpec-Hero spectrometer, giving high resolution and high sensitivity measurements. It has USB3 and Ethernet interfaces, and a cooled back-thinned detector with low noise. It is the instrument of choice for demanding applications including fluorescence, Raman, absorption and other forms of spectroscopy.

The instrument is equipped with TE Cooling, enabling long integration times in low light applications. In conjunction with Avantes’ AS7010 electronics, including a high-end AD convertor, noise is kept to a minimum, which offers an excellent signal-to-noise and dynamic range performance. 

A selection of gratings and replaceable slits means the instrument can be configured for a wide range of applications in the 200-1,160nm range. This high-end spectrometer will be an uncompromising tool, enabling users to perform measurements accurately in a wide variety of applications.


B&W Tek

B&W Tek will be exhibiting the BAC201, a fibre optic Raman probe designed to expand the capabilities of the company’s portable Raman systems. The addition of the probe means a Raman spectrometer can make measurements in difficult-to-reach or small places, such as inside cavities, tissues or miniature reactors.

Available for both 785nm and 1,064nm excitation, the needle probes can be used in direct contact or for immersive measurements. They are designed for biomedical applications, such as tissue studies, or other in vivo measurements used in cancer diagnosis. The probe end is constructed with a single 200μm core laser fibre surrounded by nine 200μm core return fibres, all encased in a 3.0mm OD stainless steel needle tube. The tip is sealed with a fused silica ball lens, which allows for high throughput and easy cleaning. The optical elements inside the needle are permanently fixed in alignment, with no possibility of movement from impact or vibrations.



Cobolt, a Swedish manufacturer of high performance lasers, will show a range of new products at Photonics West and BiOS. Targeting the Raman spectroscopy market, Cobolt will announce a new wavelength in its 08-01 series of lasers. The Cobolt 08-NLD 405nm is a frequency stabilised, narrow line-width laser diode with up to 30mW power and including an integrated optical isolator.

Targeting Raman spectroscopy, interferometry and particle analysis applications, the Cobolt Fandango is now available with higher powers of 300mW. The laser cavity design provides ultra-low noise, single frequency performance with intrinsically excellent wavelength stability and immunity to optical feedback.

Cobolt has added a 553nm wavelength version for its 06-01 series. The laser has an output power up to 50mW and can be modulated at up to 5kHz, ideal for fluorescence imaging and analysis applications in life sciences.



Element Six

Element Six will showcase its Optical+ Low Absorption diamond, which can be used as a gain medium for Raman lasers and as a low loss intra-cavity heat spreader for high power disk lasers. Raman crystals are offered in sizes up to 6 x 6 x 2mm, with larger sizes available on request. 

Also featured will be the company’s Diamond PureOptics range. Drawing inspiration from the anti-reflective structure of a moth’s eye, this all-diamond solution offers improved reliability and even higher power density levels for high power CO2 laser systems. Element Six have replaced the typical anti-reflective thin film coatings found on diamond optical windows with a diamond structured surface designed to reduce reflection losses. Diamond PureOptics exhibits significantly higher laser induced damage threshold (by a factor of 10) than anti-reflective coated windows, with equivalent reflectance (less than 0.5 per cent) and transmission (above 99 per cent). 


Empire Precision Plastics

Empire Precision Plastics, a manufacturer of high volume injection moulded opaque parts and optics, will discuss its optical design, fabrication and assembly capabilities.

Empire Precision manufactures lenses and systems for a wide range of military, medical, commercial and consumer applications, including LED lighting systems, imaging, scanning and detection. The company offers a variety of in-house optical manufacturing capabilities including tooling, single point diamond turning, rapid prototyping, injection moulding and thin-film optical coating. Empire also provides clean room assembly of optic and opaque components as well as electro-optical systems. Last year, Empire acquired passive infrared lens fabrication equipment formerly owned by Orafol Display Optics, further expanding its ability to serve the optics market.

Excelitas Technologies

Excelitas Technologies will highlight several new high-performance optoelectronics products, including surface mount 905nm pulsed semiconductor lasers. Featuring an ultra-compact, surface mount-compatible design, these lasers offer high beam placement accuracy at a competitive cost. The lasers can emit light either perpendicularly or in-parallel to the mounting plane for high-volume commercial applications, including lidar, time-of-flight, range finding, safety light curtains, adaptive cruise control, and laser therapy.

The pulsed semiconductor lasers produce very high optical pulses centred at a wavelength of 905nm. The laser diode chip is mounted on an FR4 leadless laminate carrier (LLC) substrate and encapsulated to give excellent thermal management. The encapsulate material is a moulded epoxy resin for low-cost and high-volume manufacturing.

Key features include multi-cavity lasers for concentrating emitting source size, quantum well structure, high peak pulsed power into the aperture, excellent power stability, and RoHS compliance.

Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company will be presenting the Fach-450-10WFC105, a new high power blue laser diode module with outstanding high brightness. The module delivers more than 10W of power at 450nm wavelength into the 105µm core fibre. It is a direct diode laser product with an integrated water chiller and thermistor.

The module has no moving parts, which makes the laser particularly reliable. The expected lifetime of the module is more than 10,000 hours, with its main applications being plastic material processing and accurate micro-soldering on PCBs. It is also suitable for 3D printing and other industrial, medical, scientific and laser display applications. The laser output power is scalable with multiple 10W fibre-coupled blue diode modules.

The company will also be displaying its new line of compact medical lasers. These lasers are fibre-coupled in a 200µm fibre with SMA-905 connector. Available as both 40W and 60W versions in a variety of wavelengths, the standard features of the new lasers include a red pilot beam, a fibre detection sensor, a power monitor diode and a temperature sensor.


Holo/Or has developed a hexagonal multi-spot array with square edges, which it will be demonstrating at the show in San Francisco. The optical array was made for aesthetic laser dermal treatment.

Traditionally in this application, laser light is split using diffractive optics into multiple spots that create an array of micro-scarring on the skin. These invisible micro scars create tension that eliminates creases from the skin, rejuvenating it and improving its appearance.

Normally, diffractive optical elements used for this purpose have a square lattice of spots, thus each spot has four near neighbours. Holo/Or’s hexagonal multi-spot array gives a more even distribution of spots, with each spot having six near neighbours, thus potentially improving the treatment uniformity.


Hübner Photonics

Hübner Photonics, a new division in the Hübner Group, will exhibit a new wavelength control feature onboard its C-Wave laser, called Absolute Lambda. Absolute Lambda can automate the wavelength selection with high accuracy (set point ±1MHz) and drift-free wavelength stabilisation (±1MHz). 

The C-Wave is a tunable, single frequency CW laser, covering 450-650nm at 200mW and 900-1,300nm at up to 400mW. The device has been developed as a high precision and versatile laser serving demanding applications in atomic physics and quantum optics.


Jenoptik will display its new full quartz crystal lens, the F-theta JENarTM SilverlineTM170-355-140.  The lens has a maximum telecentric angle of just 4.9 degrees and a highly homogeneous spot size distribution across the whole of the 100 x 100mm work area. This large processing area, in combination with the diffraction-limited image quality, allows for increased throughput in comparison with standard lenses available on the market.

Its use with high-powered lasers and ultrashort pulses is also possible, due to the high damage threshold of the lens assured by the quartz material and optimised coating.


Laser Beam Products

Co-exhibiting with Electro Optical Components at the show this year, Laser Beam Products (LBP) is a worldwide manufacturer of metal laser mirrors and infrared optics. There will be a range of LBP’s precision metal mirrors on display, including gold coated copper and aluminium. LBP mirrors are chemically polished to a super-smooth finish, and examples of these fully tested, super-polished metal substrates ready for coating will also be exhibited. 

LBP mirrors are produced using a wide variety of metal materials and coatings suitable for many applications from deep UV through to THz use. This includes scientific mirrors for chemical sensing, instrumentation, spectroscopy and imaging as well as laser mirrors for industrial, medical and dental lasers and reflective optical components for research and defence.

Laser Components

Laser Components will display its coated laser optics operating in the 2μm wavelength range. The optics have high damage threshold for use with high-power Ho:YAG and Tm:YAG lasers. These lasers cut precisely with minimal thermal damage in soft-tissue laser surgery, because of the high water absorption at this wavelength.

The 2μm laser optics are more complex to manufacture and the water absorption criteria requires special attention. Laser Components has 30 years of knowhow and continued investment in manufacturing techniques to provide excellent optics for lasers in surgery applications.

Laser Components

Laser Components will be exhibiting its new Flexpoint MVfiber laser consisting of a laser coupled to a single-mode fibre which can be connected to a variety of fibre laser heads. This separation of the laser and optical head reduces scattered laser light and prevents side modes, resulting in precise laser projection for applications such as 3D measurements, bio-photonics, and medical applications.

As the electrical components, which would usually undergo thermal expansion, are now separated from the optical head, the thermal drift is reduced almost to zero, optimising the performance of the electro-optical system.

The MVfiber is a popular choice for OEM system integrators as the compact design and remote beam delivery allow builders to isolate, position, and heat sink the active laser component and feed the optimised laser light to where it is required. The optical head is available with different beam profiles, such as homogeneous lines, Gaussian lines, dot projections, and more than 60 different DOE optics that produce parallel lines, dot matrices, circles.

Laser Quantum

The Taccor comb being exhibited at Laser Quantum's booth is a complete frequency comb solution. It comprises: a hermetically sealed laser with a repetition rate of 1GHz, a matched dispersion compensation module, super-continuum generation, and a nonlinear f-to-2f interferometer.

The Taccor comb provides a long-term stable RF signal at the carrier envelope offset frequency, with more than 45dB signal-to-noise ratio in a 300kHz bandwidth. It provides an ideal solution for customers seeking a comb with easy access to the visible and NIR spectral ranges at a high mode-power level in a sealed, plug-and-play architecture. The Taccor comb offers a small footprint and low intervention operation.



LightTrans will be displaying its VirtualLab Fusion software, designed for simulation and tolerancing of measurement systems such as interferometers, spectrometers and monochromators, as well as surface metrology systems. VirtualLab takes into account optical effects like diffraction, interference and temporal as well as spatial coherence that characterise most setups, yielding fast and accurate modelling.

For Mach-Zehnder interferometers, the software can calculate characteristic interference fringes and the influence of alignment errors. In the case of a white light Michelson interferometer, the impact of the partially coherent light on the interference pattern can be investigated. The software's simulation of a Czerny-Turner monochromator and spectrometer with parabolic mirrors and a blazed grating takes into account higher diffraction orders based on rigorous analysis.



Nyfors will be displaying the Smartsplicer, the company’s CO2 laser-based glass processing station for splicing and tapering optical fibres. The device is designed for high yield production of sensitive high power photonics components.

In addition, Nyfors will exhibit a range of fibre cleavers and cleave check interferometers, as well as flexible recoating solutions for optical fibre with different coating materials and diameters. All its products are developed with the user in mind for comfortable and easy operation in production and laboratory environments. A common feature, found in many products, is the automated fibre processing, intended to give consistent results and high production yield. Nyfors is located at booth #5147 in the Swedish Excellence corner.


Ocean Optics

At its booth, Ocean Optics will exhibit its Flame-Chem spectrophotometers. These combine a high performance, compact Flame UV-Vis (200-850nm) or Vis-NIR (350-1,000nm) spectrometer, with a direct-attach light source and cuvette holder, in a single, affordable package. Flame-Chem systems are ideal for absorbance and transmission measurements in research facilities and teaching labs. Free educational curricula are available for use with the systems.

Flame-Chem’s direct-attach cuvette holders accept 1cm pathlength cuvettes for measuring absorbance and transmission of liquid samples. The UV-Vis systems come with a combined deuterium-tungsten halogen (200-1,100nm) source, whereas a tungsten halogen source with a violet LED (~390-1,000nm) is supplied with the Vis-NIR systems. 

The systems can be customised easily, providing flexibility as measurement needs change. The light source-cuvette holder can be removed; spectrometer entrance slits can be switched out to adjust resolution and throughput; and discrete sampling devices can be used in place of the direct-attach accessories.



The BeamSquared system being shown by Ophir-Spiricon is a compact, fully automated tool for measuring laser beam quality (M2). The system is based on the company's Ultracal baseline correction algorithm that helped establish the ISO 11146-3 standard for beam measurement accuracy. 

BeamSquared delivers accuracy, robustness, and reliability for continuous-use applications in manufacturing, science, and R&D. The system measures the propagation characteristics of CW and pulsed lasers, from UV and NIR to telecom wavelengths in automated mode in under one minute. Manual mode is available for CO2 lasers and wavelengths greater than NIR, including terahertz. Measurements include waist diameters, full angle divergence, waist locations, Rayleigh lengths, M2 or K and BPP factors, astigmatism, and asymmetry.



The Imaging Photon Camera (IPC), being shown by Photonis, combines innovative MCP-based photonic detector technologies and fast electronics. Unlike digital sensor-based cameras, the IPC has no read noise and supports fast wide-field time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) applications in extreme low light.

Notably, the camera features single photon counting with micrometre resolution, picosecond timing, a wide field of view (18mm), and a counting rate as high as 5MHz. The IPC can be customised at the time of order to match spectrally the MCP-based photonic detector to exact application requirements. The camera can also be equipped with a detector that uses Photonis' new Hi-QE photocathode to increase the quantum efficiency (QE) by up to 50 per cent in the UV, blue, and green spectral ranges.


Princeton Instruments

Princeton Instruments will feature its Fergie spectroscopy system, a fully integrated, aberration-free spectrograph with a built-in, low-noise, cooled detector. Featuring a 11 x 7 x 8-inch profile, Fergie provides the high sensitivity and low noise needed to address a wide range of spectroscopy applications.

Its ecosystem of easy-to-use accessories - including lasers, fibre optics and calibration sources, as well as the family of light-coupling Fergie Cubes - allows scientists, educators, and engineers to put together complete experiments in a matter of minutes. For example, a typical Raman experiment that used to take hours to set up can now be ready in fewer than 90 seconds.

Rochester Precision Optics

Rochester Precision Optics will show its latest developments in moulding precision polymers, chalcogenide and oxide glasses for night vision and a wide variety of other applications. 

RPO partners with a wide variety of clients, including government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. They provide design and optical engineering as well as high volume production of optical assemblies, precision moulded optics, moulded glass aspheres, IR optical lenses and other components.

RPO is focusing on its expertise in designing eyepieces and objectives at this year's show. The company has in-house capabilities to support the fabrication of optical components, from design and prototyping to testing and production. Its expertise in lightweight and moulded aspheres significantly improves optical system performance. 

Ross Optical Industries

Ross Optical Industries, a provider of precision OEM lenses and engineering services, will feature large diameter lenses and other hard-to-find optics for various applications at the show.

Large diameter optics are critical for precision instruments such as telescopes and imagers. Ross Optical offers a wide range of achromats, plano-convex lenses and other catalogue optics above 100mm, sourced through a reliable global network of optical manufacturers. The company can also create custom lenses for systems such as projectors, spotlights, enlargers, magnifiers, telescopes, collimators and condensers.

In addition to large optics, Ross Optical offers a full range of standard-size lenses, as well as micro optics down to 1mm for compact medical devices, hand-held communication devices and other systems.

Ross Optical also offers a variety of in-house services including lens and systems design, a full range of optical coatings down to 220nm, test, inspection and QA.

Route des Lasers

France’s photonics and high frequency electronics competitiveness cluster, the Route des Lasers (RDL), will bring 12 of its members to the show.

Joining RDL at the French pavilion at Photonics West will be new members Kylia, specialists in ultra-precise assembly of optical elements on glass breadboards using 6D positioning; and FemtoEasy, a company working with ultra high-energy laser systems. Also at the pavilion will be Azur Light Systems, Alphanov, ISP System, Irisome Solutions, Spark Lasers and Elements Metrology.

ISP Systems will display an MD-AME deformable mirror for performing laser beam wavefront shaping. It is adapted for intense lasers, terahertz and infrared applications. ISP Systems’ deformable mirror overcomes the shortcomings of piezoelectric deformable mirrors to offer more accurate injection of strength on the thin reflective surface. Strength is generated by an electric actuator driven by stepper motors.

Irisome Solutions, a developer of tunable picosecond fibre lasers at high repetition rate, will display a new compact fibre laser from the SID series, aimed at offering a picosecond solution for bioimaging applications. This system allows pulses to be set at any repetition rate from 80MHz to 1.2GHz, offering users the flexibility and benefit of changing repetition rates.

Irisome Solutions will also be exhibiting at BIOS, as will Amplitude Systèmes, Imagine Optic and FemtoEasy.


SemiNex will be showcasing its new 4CM fibre coupled laser module. The device features multiple laser chips optically combined into a 400/440µm, 0.22 NA fibre producing up to 20W of CW power in a single fibre at 1,470nm. Other wavelengths are available upon request.


This efficient low-cost package is designed to meet the needs of professional medical customers needing repeatable high power in a fibre-coupled package. Other applications, such as DPSS, thermal processing, and medical use, benefit from the high power.


Sill Optics

Sill Optics will display its fully colour corrected F-theta scan lens for ultra-short pulse lasers. For lasers with pulses shorter than one picosecond, the laser creates a noticeable spectral bandwidth that will degrade the spot performance. For example, an 800fs Gaussian shaped pulse has a spectral width of about 2nm and a 250fs pulse has a width of almost 7nm. This will aberrate the spot in F-theta lenses which are designed to only focus one wavelength.

The two new scan lenses from Sill Optics use multiple glass types in their design enabling all the wavelengths in a pulse to be focussed at the work surface. The lenses have focal lengths of 100mm, are telecentric, have scan areas of 35 x 35mm and will accept a maximum 10mm 1/e2 input beam.


SPI Lasers

SPI Lasers will be exhibiting its fibre lasers for welding, cutting, marking, drilling, micro-machining and additive manufacturing. The company’s product portfolio covers multiple process areas, such as those in the automotive and electronics industries and those in medical device sectors. Operations can be carried out faster and more accurately with an SPI Laser for better reliability, less waste and improved productivity. The company’s technology solves manufacturing problems, makes good products better and enables new designs. 

SPI Lasers is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trumpf group and sells its products globally. It has its major business operations in the UK, USA and Asia, as well as worldwide sales and customer support.



SwissOptic, a Berliner Glas Group company, will be presenting its high-precision concave and convex aspheres with diameters ranging from 12 to 300mm made from materials such as optical glass, quartz glass, Zerodur, crystalline materials and metals. 

One of the company’s specialties is the development and production of lightweight structured aspherical mirrors. Lightweight structuring can reduce the weight of larger mirrors by up to 90 per cent, which is a key advantage for many systems, especially those airborne. 

SwissOptic offers whole process chains, from system development and optical design over the production and coating up to the qualification of entire optical systems, including in-house quality assurance. This enables the company to fulfil orders and customer requirements fast and flexibly. 



Symetrie will be displaying its new Puna hexapod at its booth, designed to meet precision positioning requirements in research and industrial applications.

The Puna hexapod can position up to 20kg payloads with a submicron resolution, and offers travel ranges of 60mm in the x and y axes and rotations up to 40° in the z axis. The hexapod can meet limited budgets while offering a resolution of 0.5µm in translation and 5µrad (0.0003°) in rotation. 

To simplify the design, Puna’s motor is mounted in line and includes an incremental rotary encoder. It is 200mm tall in its mid-position and operates in any direction: vertically, horizontally or in any other angle.



Synopsys will be showing version 2016.09 of its RSoft photonic component design suite, the company's software for the design of photonic devices and components. Version 2016.09 improves the design of optical devices used in semiconductors, silicon photonics and LEDs/OLEDs, with simplified workflows, faster simulation performance and additional controls to customise analysis settings and meet evolving photonic application requirements.

Version 2016.09 expands the level of integration with Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD products to achieve unified, multi-disciplinary simulations of optoelectronic devices. It delivers faster simulations and additional ways to customise photonic device analysis for applications ranging from silicon photonics to LEDs and OLEDs.



Trioptics will launch two products at Photonics West. The new ImageMaster VR (Virtual Reality) measures the veiling glare index of virtual reality lenses. The device can also measure other parameters for qualifying virtual reality lenses, such as image quality (MTF), distortion and chromatic aberrations.

Also new from Trioptics is the OptiCentric Linear Pro, a device for measuring centration errors of lenses and lens systems at high throughput. OptiCentric Linear Pro is based on OptiCentric technology and is highly accurate.


VisiMax Technologies

VisiMax Technologies will discuss its thin film coating capabilities in various optical applications, as well as a new offer on standard coatings. VisiMax specialises in optical coating designs for a variety of industries and applications, including instrumentation, displays, lighting structures and optical systems. The company has developed a specific coating process that offers customers consistent performance and timely delivery with every project.

VisiMax operates an optical coating lab that houses the latest coating system technology and equipment, including a new Buhler SYRUSpro 1350, which provides high accuracy and high yield levels for precision optics and allows uninterrupted production of optical filters. The company’s investment in providing superior optical design solutions includes the recent expansion of its team and new delivery options for customers using standard coatings.


Zygo will be displaying its Nexview3D optical profiler with Coherence Scanning Interferometry (CSI) technology with enhanced Mx surface metrology software and advanced thin film metrology and analysis.

Based on Zygo’s Model Based Analysis (MBA), this through-the-lens technology enables quantitative areal topography of thin films (≥50nm thick) without contact or preparation. The profile is precise, flexible, and offers high throughput for optimal process control.

MBA gives simultaneous measurement of full area film thickness and topography, substrate topography and thickness variation maps, as well as true corrected surface maps of dissimilar materials.