SPIE Photonics West

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02 February 2019 to 07 February 2019
San Francisco, California, United States

The world's largest photonics technologies event, consisting of three conferences and two world-class exhibitions.


Berliner Glas Group

Berliner Glas Group will present its broad portfolio of optical assemblies and systems, aspheres and large cylinder lenses at Booth 539, in addition to its solutions for the medical and life science markets at BiOS booth 8630.

The company develops, produces and integrates optics, mechanics and electronics into innovative system solutions. Berliner Glas Group is an OEM partner from concept to volume production for innovative customers in various market segments, including the semiconductor, medical, display and space technology industries.

This year the company will be highlighting customised lenses used to detect weak fluorescence signals in UV originating from single cells. The lenses have been optimised without compromise towards high performance in customer applications.

Boston Micromachines

At booth 440 Boston Micromachines will be exhibiting its deformable mirrors and optical modulator products, including its new 648-5.5 deformable mirror which has 648 actuators, 5.5µm stroke and high speed wavefront control and correction capabilities.

Also on display will be the firm’s Modulating RetroReflector, which is capable of passively returning light from an interrogating laser source and modulating its intensity for free space laser communication. The current Modulating RetroReflector system has been demonstrated at a rate of 200kbps in the near IR wavelength range with switching speeds as low as 3µs. Higher data rates are in development.

Boston Micromachines is a provider of MEMS-based deformable mirrors and optical modulator products, as well as advanced imaging systems. By altering the wavefront, Boston Micromachines’ devices can be used in a variety of applications including microscopy, astronomy, vision science, beam shaping and free space laser communication. Boston Micromachines offers standard components, instruments and custom research products.

Delta Optical Thin Film

Delta Optical Thin Film will be at booth 804 and BiOS booth 8804 exhibiting its custom continuously variable bandpass filters (CVBPFs) for mid-size and full-frame CCD/CMOS sensors. These filters offer very high transmission and are fully blocked in the light-sensitive wavelength range of silicon-based detectors. The combination of CVBPFs with silicon detectors enables the design of very compact, robust and affordable hyperspectral imaging detectors that offer several advantages and benefits over conventional approaches.

These include: having a huge aperture compared to grating and prisms; offering higher transmission than grating and prisms; short measurement time; high suppression of stray light; excellent signal to background ratio; the ability to perform simultaneous 3D measurements; and the ability to perform snapshots using a micro lens array.

Hyperspectral imaging has been used for around two decades in applications such as satellite imaging and air reconnaissance. Classical Hyperspectral imaging cameras use prisms or grating as dispersive elements, which make the cameras bulky, sensitive to misalignment and very expensive. The advent of alternative approaches such as Delta’s CVBPFs makes hyperspectral imaging attractive for volume markets or even consumer products, for example in cancer detection, precision farming and for food testing in supermarkets.


Diamond manufactures and assembles high performance fibre optic interconnect solutions. Its Active Core Alignment technology insures high-performing connector termination.

Attendees visiting the firm at booth 4786 will be able to see the official launch of the Diamond PM+ connector types, which are designed to achieve a repeatable, high polarisation extinction ratio, in addition to excellent insertion loss and return loss values.

The firm will also be showing its new Diamond AVIM family of connectors, which are ideal for applications requiring high optical performance coupled with enhanced vibration and shock resistance. The newest family members are the Midi AVIM, for use on cabled assemblies, and the Micro AVIM, which is well-suited to vacuum applications. In addition, mating adapters are available in titanium for improved chemical resistance.


Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company (booth 145, Bios 8145) will show its new LED mini-spectrometer, a compact, lightweight instrument for spectral analysis in the near-infrared range 1.3μm to 2.4μm.

The device’s optical block is comprised of 12 near-infrared LEDs with different emission peaks and a wideband photodiode. The LEDs are turned on one by one and irradiate the analysed sample. Emission reflected back from the sample is captured by the photodiode, converted into electrical signals that are processed by the electronic block and the software.

The company will also display its new ML1xxFC laser diode modules with single mode fibre output, wavelength range from 405nm to 1,550nm and power of up to 100mW. In addition, a 450nm diode laser module delivering 13W from a 105μm fibre will be shown.


Lasermet will be at booth 5153 on the UK Pavilion demonstrating the Laser Castle, a laser safety cabin offering the latest features in certified laser safety, including touch screen interlock control, dual message LED signs, HD-CCTV, a proven failsafe design, a modular build, Lasermet’s Laser Jailer active laser guarding system, Lasermet’s Swallow fume extraction system, and a choice of door systems. This modular-build cabin conforms to ANSI Z136.1 laser safety standards and is a turn-key solution providing multi-kW laser radiation containment for robotic laser welding, cutting and cladding.

In addition, the firm will be showcasing its latest innovative laser safety solution, the LaserJailbox, a fully interlocked table-top laser radiation containment system that enables Class 4 lasers to be used safely while contained within a small enclosure. The solution is ideal for small-sized processes and other laser applications. It can have a selection of door types and can also incorporate the Lasermet’s Glaser Jailer active filter windows.


Laser Quantum

Laser Quantum will be exhibiting its Helixx and Axiom systems, and can be found at Novanta’s Photonics West booth 1834, and at the BiOS booth 8457.

The Helixx is a turn-key femtosecond laser, ideal for a variety of scientific and industrial applications. The system features a 250MHz repetition rate and delivers an average output power of more than 2.3W in pulses less than 50fs, tuneable between 720nm - 920nm.

Designed for a range of environments, the Helixx is hermetically sealed and is vibration-resistant. The system’s replaceable pump diodes, contained within the control unit, minimise temperature effects on the laser head.

The Helixx is well-suited to applications such as two photon microscopy as the 250MHz repetition rate diminishes phototoxicity and photobleaching to minimise damage to cells, and minimises the emission dead times of typical fluorophores.

The Axiom family of lasers feature excellent high stability and low noise levels, for use in applications such as particle image velocity, fluorescence imaging and microscopy. The Axiom 660is a continuous-wave laser featuring an innovative stress-free cavity architecture, containing the integrated diode and active optics within the compact laser head. It can deliver up to 6W of red light and is well-suited to Raman imaging, generating detailed chemical images based on a sample’s Raman spectrum.  The Axiom 532 on the other hand, which will also be on display at the show, can deliver up to 12W of green light. Both lasers can be easily integrated into many scientific and industrial application setups.


LTB Lasertechnik Berlin

LTB Lasertechnik Berlin will be presenting its new Demon NIR spectrometer for a wavelength range from 600nm up to 1.7µm and a resolution of 60,000. The system is ideal for quality control in the development of lasers in the given range.

The popular wavelength range around 1.55µm can be covered with the Demon NIR and enables the optimisation of spectral purity and the investigation of the mode behaviour of such sources with a resolution in picometre range.

The Demon-NIR extends LTB’s Demon Echelle Monochromator series, which provides wavelength ranges from 190nm to 1,100nm and resolving powers of 75,000 to 200,000.

MIRPHAB pilot line for MIR sensing

MIRPHAB, a European Commission project to create a pilot line to fabricate mid-infrared (MIR) sensors by 2020, will exhibit at Photonics West on booth 5037.

MIRPHAB will offer design, production and business planning for companies developing laser-based, analytical MIR sensors for chemical sensing and spectroscopy. The pilot line will combine sources, photonic circuits and detectors in standard packaging.

The platform is organised so that development of novel sensors and sensing systems is based on MIR integrated optic components and modules already incorporated in MIRPHAB’s portfolio.

The programme is accepting proposals from companies that want to develop and prototype new MIR devices.

‘European industry requires more efficient control processes to gain greater productivity and operational efficiency, and this project will deliver the devices required to improve those processes,’ explained CEA-Leti’s Sergio Nicoletti, who is coordinating the project.

MIRPHAB will develop sensor technology that provides novel analytical tools for companies to help improve people’s overall quality of life. This could be through environmental monitoring, such as for measuring volatile organic compounds; food quality control; and fast clinical diagnoses. These are some of the areas where MIR sensors can play a role.

In addition to providing device design services for customers, the MIRPHAB team will help them develop sound business cases and strong business plans to commercialise new technology. Potential cost and performance breakthroughs will be shown for reliable MIR sensing products based on building blocks provided by MIRPHAB.

MIRPHAB will also be a sustainable source of key components for new MIR sensors.


Raptor Photonics

Raptor Photonics plans to show its newly-launched Ninox Ultra on booth 5554, an InGaAs camera that is vacuum cooled to -85ᵒC and offers ultra-low dark current for long exposures of up to five minutes.

Combining low read noise of less than 30e- in high gain and dark current of less than 100e/p/s at -80ᵒC, the Ninox Ultra is one of the most sensitive SWIR cameras available on the market. It offers 640x512 resolution and 15µm square pixel pitch and runs at 100Hz in full resolution through a CameraLink interface.

The Ninox Ultra also offers a high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB, enabling the simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene. The Ninox Ultra follows on from the launch of the Ninox 640 and Ninox 1280 cameras, which have attracted a lot of interest in applications including astronomy and in-vivo imaging. The Ninox Ultra is also available for sale in China and Russia.


Visitors to booth 1259 will be able to learn how Synopsys’ CODE V imaging design software can help them accelerate the delivery of superior imaging optics.

With superior optimisation, tolerancing and fabrication support, CODE V helps users design imaging optics that meet high-quality specifications at minimised costs. The latest version of the software includes new features such as enhanced optimisation constraints, encrypted multilayer coating prescriptions, and 2D-Q freeform surfaces to increase optical engineering productivity, support cost-to-manufacture savings, and give reliable results in less time.

Synopsys will also be able to inform visitors about its LightTools illumination design software, its LucidShape products for automotive lighting, its RSoft products for photonic and optical communications system design, and its PIC Design Suite for photonic integrated circuit layout and verification.



Thorlabs’ GL16 Fiber End Face Geometry Measurement Instrument will be on display at booth 1127. The system is easy-to-use for measuring and imaging the geometry of single- and multi-fibre connectors. It uses a non-contact scanning, white-light interferometric technique to provide high-accuracy, repeatability, and reliability for fibre connector testing, particularly for pass/fail testing using IEC or Telcordia requirements.

This wide-bandwidth white light interferometer is able to measure step height changes as large as 35µm, and is able to characterise undercut or protruded fibres that would be missed using a monochromatic interferometer. This integrated inspection system joins Thorlabs’ Vytran family of fibre processing equipment to create a full suite of fibre processing and inspection solutions for the factory floor.



Trioptics will be giving an overview of its complete product range at booth 1459, which covers the whole spectrum of optical measurement technology for every manufacturing step in optics, with test systems for both R&D and production – from the refractive index measurement of optical components to lens system testing and assembly and MTF testing and camera module test systems.

Visitors to the booth will be able to experience robot-assisted production in optical centration alignment and alignment turning. They will also be able to learn how to produce and test camera modules efficiently, learn about enclosed energy measurement solutions for 3D-scene recognition systems, and be introduced to latest technologies as rotation-free centration measurement and image quality testing for VR and AR applications.

Furthermore, visitors can check out Triptics’ goniometers and electronic autocollimators for high-precision optical angle measurement as well as systems for lens thickness and wavefront measurement.



At booth 1342 Zygo’s ZeGage Pro and Pro HR 3D Optical profilers will be on display. They are robust, affordable, easy to use, and deliver surface data in seconds. 

These latest generation ZeGage products use Zygo’s coherence scanning interferometry technology to produce non-contact topography, roughness, and waviness on virtually any material to ISO 25178/4287 standards. The upgraded high speed 1.9-megapixel camera and new Smart Setup Tool have been designed to optimise throughput and region of interest. With Smart Setup, surface finding, light level, and scan range are all automatically configured for a complete measurement configuration in less than one minute. 

All ZeGage Pro systems are also equipped with Zygo’s exclusive SureScan technology which eliminates the need for vibration isolation and moves metrology out of the lab and onto the production floor. Paired with the firm’s Mx software for analysis and automation, a complete 3D profiling solution has never been so simple.