Preview: Laser World of Photonics

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24 June 2019 to 27 June 2019
Munich, Germany

Laser World of Photonics, the world's leading trade fair with congress for photonics components, systems and applications. Together with the World of Photonics Congress, the fair unites research and industry and promotes the use and ongoing development in the Photonics industry.


AMS Technologies

AMS Technologies (booth 203, hall B2) will present a diode-pumped solid-state laser that emits very short laser pulses (< 5ns) of high energy (up to 20µJ) with four wavelengths in the visible range. Using sophisticated technology, the Tetra laser can switch from pulse to pulse between these four wavelengths with a very high pulse repetition frequency of 2kHz and is thus 10 times faster than lasers based on OPOs (Optical Parametric Oscillators). With this ability to emit laser pulses in four biologically useful wavelengths in very fast sequence, Tetra is particularly suitable for multispectral photoacoustic imaging in biomedicine.


Avantes (booth 100, hall a2) will display several new products, including its new miniature optical bench, made for seamless integration into existing systems and handheld devices with the use of your own electronics.

Another innovation is its new high-power LED light source for demanding fluorescence applications.

In addition to these products, the company will showcase some new accessories, including a direct-attach shutter to make taking multiple dark measurements a lot easier.

Since Avantes celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, the company will be organising some giveaway contests at its booth.


Berliner Glas Group

Berliner Glas Group will present its broad portfolio of opto-mechanical assemblies and systems for various light-using industries in hall B1, booth 507. The company will exhibit, optical assemblies for space applications, modules for optical measurement systems, specific lens systems and measurement reflectors for laser based metrology, large cylinder lenses and aspheres as well as laser optics and systems for laser material processing.

As an OEM partner from concept to volume production, Berliner Glas Group serves innovative customers in various market segments – laser and space technology,
semiconductor industry, metrology, medical technology and the display industry. One featured highlight will be a compact, actively controlled lens moving mechanism for beam focusing and demanding z-scanning applications.


High power pump lasers using multimode fibres require a low loss fibre optic connector to ensure ultimate performance. The newest PSm mating adapter from Diamond (booth 515, hall b1) is built around a floating Tungsten carbide sleeve, along with copper wings to create a perfect connection between two Diamond E-2000 PSm connectors. The copper wings connect to the heat sink holder when inserted and lower the temperature gradient close to the fiber, improving power resistance of the assembly.

The new mating adapter resists up to 100W when combined with Diamond E-2000 PSm connectors and a MM 105/125 0.22NA fibre.

Tungsten carbide thermal dissipation is ca 50x higher than that of the ceramic materials and ca 5x higher than that of the stainless steel. When used in mating adapters with a micron tolerance, the power dissipation improves dramatically. Diamond is a specialist of hard material and has been using tungsten carbide (WC) for long as a ferrule material and mating adapter sleeve.



Emberion (hall A2, booth 113/3) will introduce a cost-competitive nanomaterial-based linear array sensor for visible to shortwave infrared spectral range designed primarily for spectrometers. The 512 pixel VIS-SWIR linear array provides consistent responsivity with very low noise over a broad (400-1,800 nm) spectral range in room temperature operation and offers a cost-effective solution for SWIR detection.

The dynamic range of the sensor is very large owing to its low noise and non-saturating response characteristics. The sensor comprises a detector array monolithically built on a tailor-made CMOS readout integrated circuit and it provides digital data output with up to 16 bits resolution.  The sensor is designed primarily for spectrometry applications but other potential applications lie in line scan imaging and machine vision areas. Beyond the linear array product introduced, Emberion will offer VIS-SWIR VGA imagers in 2020 and is also developing thermal detectors. 

Hamamatsu Photonics

Hamamatsu Photonics (hall A2, booth 303) will introduce its latest range of high reliability, key components for lidar applications, such as photosensor arrays including APDs and SiPMs (for all relevant wavelengths e.g. 905nm or 1,550nm). They company will also introduce new high power SMD laser diode arrays specifically designed for automotive lidar. 

Lidar is a key technology for automated driving as well as anti-collision applications today. A LIDAR device makes a time of flight (TOF) measurement using a pulsed light source and detector to determine the distance to objects around the vehicle. 

Visit Hamamatsu Photonics' booth to discover the latest products for lidar and many other applications. 

Hübner Photonics

At booth 214, hall 2, Hübner Photonics, with the Cobolt product line, will highlight the addition of 633nm and 785nm single transverse mode (STM) to its 08-01 series. The addition of these wavelengths aims to secure the market position as a major supplier of all laser wavelengths to the high resolution Raman market.

Continuing to address the fluorescence microscopy market, Hübner Photonics introduces a variation of the Cobolt multi-line laser, the Cobolt Skyra. With 457nm, 488nm and 51nm, permanently aligned in a single compact package, the three line Cobolt Skyra becomes a simple drop in replacement to the older generation of Argon ion gas lasers, thereby potentially extending the life of older fluorescence based systems in life science research.



The new iC-HN device family from iC-Haus is suitable for extremely fast control of laser diodes with short pulses of down to only two nanoseconds.

Possible fields of laser applications for the iC-HN family include optical image recognition and object detection, as well as applications in robotics, lidar, and augmented and virtual reality.

Having only eight ports and a small 3mm DFN package, the iC-HN family best meets the requirements for a space-saving and highly integrated layout of laser control electronics.

The permissible supply voltage of the laser diodes can be as high as 30V. The laser driver iC can therefore also be used for a free and flexible circuitry of several or different laser diodes. The current setting of up to 2.8A is generated via a control voltage input, which in turn can be controlled by an LVDS signal with short pulses up to 2ns.


Laser Components

With the SPAD2L192, Laser Components now also offers a solid-state CMOS sensor for flash lidar applications. With a resolution of 192 x 2 pixels, the single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) array offers very high sensitivity and high temporal resolution. The noise is below 50cps. The in-pixel time-to-digital converter, which features a temporal resolution of 312.5ps and a scale value of 1.28μs, enables a nominal range of up to 192m at a resolution of 4.7cm. The distance measurement is based on the first-photon, direct ToF principle.

The arrays in flash lidar applications do not capture just one point like they do in classic lidar. Each individual pixel provides position information. In the SPAD array presented here, the sensor and evaluation electronics have been mounted on the same chip for the first time, thus the array takes up very little space.

Lew Techniques

Lew Techniques (hall b2, booth 121) will be showing its capabilities in the precision custom manufacture of submounts and carriers for laser diodes, bars, stacks and photodiodes. 

Product types include tungsten/copper (WCu) submounts with super-sharp edges (<5µm radius), allowing precise mount-edge positioning of laser diodes. WCu inserts brazed to solid copper bodies maximise heat-sinking while minimising expansion mismatch between carrier and die. 

Submounts in aluminium nitride (AlN) with photo-patterned metallisation provide high-precision circuits. Metal structures can be tailored to meet individual requirements for soldering, wire bonding, electrical and thermal performance. 

WCu- and AlN-style mounts selectively coated with a thin layer of AuSn solder allow accurate and consistent mounting of the laser die. Strict maintenance of metal coatings and solder alloy consistency ensure optimum reflow results.

Mounts for photodiodes on ceramics with wrap-over conductors are available. Circuits can be defined on multiple faces allowing greater interconnect flexibility, and ceramic can be precision-machined for greatest functionality.


LightPath Technologies

LightPath Technologies (hall b3, booth 362) will be showing its new line of thermal imaging lens assemblies, which includes the new DT/molded BD6 7100353 (35mm) and the 7100383 (50mm). These lenses are made from LightPath’s BD6 glass that delivers optically athermal performance and is suitable for high volume, cost effective manufacturing. 

LightPath leverages a combination of manufacturing technologies – precision glass molding (PGM) and precision diamond turning (DT) – to address both the high-volume growth of the commercial market as well as the demanding performance and reliability of high-end defense applications.  With lens focal lengths ranging from 1.5mm to 60mm, along with custom design capabilities, LightPath Technologies has a lens solution for a broad array of thermal imaging applications.

In addition to its line of thermal imaging lenses, LightPath’s Geltech glass-moulded aspheric lenses and ISP Optics Infrared components will be on display.

LTB Lasertechnik Berlin

LTB Lasertechnik Berlin will present its new Demon NIR spectrometer for a wavelength range from 600nm up to 1.7µm and a resolution of 60,000.

The device is the perfect choice for quality control and development of lasers in the given range. The popular range around 1.55µm can be covered with the system and allows an optimisation of the spectral purity and investigation of mode behavior of such sources with a resolution in pm range.

The Demon-NIR extends the well-established Demon Echelle Monochromator series providing wavelength ranges from 190nm to 1,100nm and resolving powers of 75,000 to 200,000.


Ophir will demonstrate how users can measure critical beam parameters in industrial environments at high power levels with Ophir BeamWatch Integrated. The solution was developed for the use in automated production lines and is based on Ophir’s non-contact laser measurement technology.

BeamWatch Integrated accurately captures and analyses focal spot data of industrial lasers for wavelengths from 980nm to 1,080nm. The system provides real-time measurements of focused laser beams with a power density that is too high for traditional measurement devices. Beam parameters measured in real time include focus spot width and location, focal shift, centroid, M2, divergence, beam parameter product, Rayleigh length, beam tilt angle, and absolute power.

Because there is no contact with the focused beam, there is no wear on the instrument nor does the instrument temper with the measurement, making the system ideal for 24/7 production use. Fast measurement times allow the laser beam to be checked automatically during the loading/unloading phase.


In Hall a3, booth 325, Nanoscribe, technology leader for 3D printers in the nano- and micrometre range, will present a brand-new printer platform that will advance industrial micro manufacturingmarket.

The product demonstration will be presented by CEO Martin Hermatschweiler on the first day of the fair. Advantages of the new system include : a patent-pending printing strategy; interfaces for industrial process control; and powerful components for significantly reduced printing times with even greater printing precision.



Following the previous introduction of the AO-150 industrial laser, Nuburu will introduce a highest-brightness high-power blue laser at booth 103, hall b3.

The new 500W 450nm AO-500 blue laser expands metals processing by leveraging both innovative systems engineering and the inherent physical advantages of blue light absorption. Early adopters have already demonstrated the blue laser’s ability to efficiently process copper, aluminum, stainless steel and other industrially important metals.

The AO-500’s high-brightness performance (beam parameter product) enables high power density at the target material, producing defect-free and spatter-free copper welds at a higher speed and penetration than any alternative welding method. The new laser also offers the demonstrated ability to address the notoriously difficult challenge of welding dissimilar metals with minimal formation of undesirable intermetallics.




Picoquant will present the latest additions to its photonics portfolio at booth 216, hall B2. Star of this year’s show is the new Taiko PDL M1, a smart picosecond pulsed laser driver.

The Taiko PDL M1 grants the user full operational control over its picosecond pulsed laser heads. It allows reading out and adjusting many parameters on-the-fly either through a local one button interface or remotely via a PC. These include repetition rate, operation temperature, or even fully calibrated and linearised optical output power for more precise power setting with higher output levels than ever.

Besides this highlight, PicoQuant will also showcase two further new developments: the FluoTime 250 and the MultiHarp 150. Being fully automated and featuring a versatile control software, the FluoTime 250 is a truly plug-and-play time-resolved spectrometer that is well suited for both novices and experts. The MultiHarp 150, with its smartly designed timing electronics, provides ultra short dead times at high sustained data throughput on 4 or 8 input channels for TCSPC and time tagging.


Rofin-Sinar UK

Rofin-Sinar UK (stand A3.241), a manufacturer of lasers for markets including automotive, packaging, glass, robotics and textiles, will demonstrate an array of solutions designed to deliver quality and precision in a variety of industrial applications.

The company will launch two new products at the exhibition - the LXR 100, a 100W femtosecond laser, and the OEM 100iX, a 1kW COlaser for higher speed processing – both of which will be launched at the exhibition. Exploring the benefits of these lasers, Dr Jason Lee (research & development director) and Dr Gavin Markillie (senior principal engineer) will be delivering presentations at the CLEO conference (paper CA-P.24, 1.15pm, Monday 24thJune 2019) and LiM conference (5.15pm, Monday 24th June 2019), running alongside Laser World of Photonics.

Alongside the unveiling of Rofin-Sinar UK’s new lasers, customers will see the company’s existing products, including the OEM 45iX, SR 10i and SR 15i. Rofin-Sinar UK’s team of experts will also be on hand throughout the exhibition to share their knowledge and provide expert advice on laser technology.




At stand B3.520, Symetrie will demonstrate the Bora hexapod, a compact 6DoF (degrees of freedom) parallel kinematics system for the positioning and adjustment of precision elements. It can position up to 10kg (22lbs) payloads with 50nm resolution and ±0.15µm repeatability. It offers up to 40mm and 30° travels while its height is only 145mm.

Thanks to these features, Bora hexapod meets highly demanding criteria in terms of resolution, accuracy, stability and size.

Its dimensions allow an integration in a small environment, for instance at the tip of a goniometer for an application on a synchrotron beamline, or on an optical ground support equipment to align and calibrate space optics.

Bora hexapod can be used in any orientation: vertical, horizontal, or upside down. High vacuum and clean room compatibility options are also available.


Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group (hall B2, booth 307) is a developer of optical design and analysis tools that model all aspects of light propagation, enabling users to produce accurate virtual prototypes leading to manufacturable optical systems. Our software packages include Code V imaging design software, LightTools illumination design software, LucidShape products for automotive lighting, the RSoft products for photonic device and optical communications design, and the PIC design suite for photonic integrated circuit design, simulation, layout, and verification. In addition, Light Tec will showcase their instruments and services for optical scattering measurements. 


Teledyne Acton Optics

Stop by the Teledyne Acton Optics booth to see products such as excimer and UV laser optics and coatings, VUV/UV optical filters, high-performance UV aluminum and enhanced silver coatings, as well as Metachrome CCD-enhancement coatings.

Acton Optics' new UV-NIR neutral density filters provide excellent broadband performance. The company's core technological capabilities include an in situ optical monitoring system (OMS) that allow the production of complex coatings with consistent results, and measurement techniques that go as low as 120nm. It has ISO 9001:2008 certification, with on-time delivery and comprehensive process controls that ensure high batch-to-batch repeatability.


Trioptics (booth 405, hall a2) will display its large range of optical measuring and manufacturing technology for the development, quality control and production of lenses, lens systems and camera modules. 

One highlights will include the introduction of the enhanced OptiCentric, for centration testing of lenses and optical systems. Experience its increased accuracy for multilens measurements and doublet alignment.

Another highlight is the new versatile configurable goniometer, PrismMaster Flex. With its modular product concept the efficient and easy to use goniometer is particularly suitable for various measurement requirements in quality control of prisms in optics manufacturing. In its standard version as a comparison goniometer, the PrismMaster Flex enables the production-related quality testing of prisms and plano optics. Higher configuration levels enable angle measurement in absolute values up to measurement of spatial angular relationships.



Zemax senior optical engineer Zach Derocher will introduce TrueFreeForm, a grid-based surface optimisation of freeform surfaces in optical design, on Monday 24 June, at 11:00-11:20, in hall B2, booth number 356.

Some lens design applications use parametric functions for representing freeform surfaces. Most common perhaps is a linear combination of Zernike functions. There is a downside to parametric approaches, though, namely that optimisation of parameters typically forces the entire surface to change with each variable. In his talk, Derocher speaks about a grid-based surface where sag contributions are specified on a rectangular grid. Optimising on sag described in this fashion allows local influence on a specific region of the surface that is only as wide as twice the grid spacing.

Grid-based surface optimisation in OpticStudio lens design software allows flexibility in designing freeform optical components that is not possible with traditional surface types. The system Zemax focuses on is a corrector plate with the rear surface specified by a variable grid sag surface. The goal of the corrector plate is to correct for Wavefront error introduced by a Zernike phase surface. Derocher will describe the tests and report on findings, including the importance of constraints on the grid variables and techniques that improve the calculation efficiency.