SPIE Photonics West 2020

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01 February 2020 to 06 February 2020
San Francisco, California

A preview of some of the technologies that will be on display in San Francisco from 1 to 6 February


Admesy (booth 2359)

Admesy provides customers with test and measurement solutions tailored for colour and light measurement in production processes. Since its start in 2006, Admesy has become a well-known brand for a range of user-friendly and robust light and colour measurement devices offering stable, reliable and accurate measurements to high end consumer electronics manufacturers. The product portfolio includes lightmeters, spectroradiometers, colorimeters and 2D imaging colorimeters.

One of Admesy’s application areas is display measurements. The product range for large and mobile display measurements covers all essential needs to measure parameters like luminance, colour, flicker, response time and display uniformity at high speed and with high accuracy and repeatability.

Admesy also offers solutions for highly specific applications like OEM spectrometry and analysis measurements where besides highest measurement performance also the reliability is key. On both large and small scale with one-off units Admesy provides custom-made measurement solutions in production lines and R&D labs.


Aurea Technology (booth 857-957)

Aurea Technology is exhibiting a fully comprehensive suite of the essential quantum optics instruments for quantum optical systems.
Aurea Technology offers well-thought, self-contained and easy-to-use optical building-blocks instruments dedicated to novel quantum optical systems.  The comprehensive suite of the essential quantum optics instruments from Aurea Technology includes:

  • The SPD_OEM is a highly sensitive, very-low-noise, and very compact single photon counting module designed for the detection of ultra-low-level of light down to the single photon
  • The Chtonoxea is a timing-resolved module which provides four channels inputs for time-correlated photon counting data acquisition with picosecond timing resolution
  • The Lynxea is an all-in-one time-resolved single photon counting module, which integrates two independent single photon counters and the time-to-digital electronics
  • The TPS is a high-brightness and high-visibility photon-pairs source which emits entangled twin photons 

CEA-Leti (booth 857A)

Leti, an institute of CEA-Tech, will present five invited papers, 21 in total (20 oral papers and 1 poster), at Photonics West. In addition, its teams will introduce the institute’s latest transfer-ready solutions for all-wavelength imaging, information display systems, light-emissive components, optical data communications, optical sensors, and other advances at the French Pavilion during the event.

CEA-Leti’s multidisciplinary optics-and-photonics teams will demonstrate their advances in several technologies, including: NeoLed, compact, low-cost and long-lifespan, distributed-switch LEDs; LensFree, an imaging technology for point-of-care analysis and pathology screening; LiFi-multicell, a smart orchestrator for interference-free li-fi networks; Pixcurve, technology that makes imaging or photographic products lighter and more compact; Photonic sensors, toward low-cost on-chip chemical sensors; Silicon photonics, design, manufacturing, testing and packaging solutions.

In addition, Scintil, a startup of CEA-Leti, will present its silicon photonic circuits with wafer-level integrated lasers at the booth.

Delta Optical Thin Film (booth 3264; Bios 8264)

Delta Optical Thin Film will be showing its range of Circular Variable Filters - interference narrow bandpass filters deposited on circular substrates. Film thickness, and therefore the wavelength of peak transmittance varies linearly and continuously with angular position on the segment. They are ideally suited as monochromators in compact, non-dispersive spectrometers or with supercontinuum lasers, providing medium spectral resolution, or when information is desired at several specific wavelengths in the relevant spectral range.

The filters can be manufactured in any wavelength range from 400nm up to 14.3µm in the infrared. The specific wavelength at which the radiation is transmitted by the segment is selected by appropriately positioning it on the optical beam. Segment rotation, in a way that the beam traces a circumferential path on it, provides a continuous scan of its complete wavelength range. A spectral resolution element size on the CVF varies between 1 and 2mm.

Gentec-EO (booth 1649)

Gentec-EO will be showing its high-power detector for laser power measurement up to 15,000W. The gold reflector cone of the HP60A-15KW-GD is designed to handle the high intensities of very small laser beams. By reflecting the incident light on the sides of the aperture, the cone effectively spreads the intensity on a larger area, thus raising the damage threshold to 10kW/cm2 at the full power (15kW).

The very low back-reflections of the detector also ensure a safer working environment with high power lasers. This product also features a USB output for direct measurements on a PC.


Imec (booth 3189; Bios 8137)

The Imec Technology Forum Photonics (ITF Photonics) will take place on 3 February at the SF Marriott. Co-organised with SPIE, the conference will focus on the versatility of integrated silicon photonics technology – integrating optical and electronic circuits – enabling a new generation of compact, smart and easy to use devices with a broad potential for cloud computing, datacentres, 3D sensing, artificial intelligence, healthcare, agriculture, food analysis and more.

Some highlights from Imec's booth include disposable silicon-photonics biosensor chips, jointly developed with Genalyte for use in its diagnostic and molecular detection equipment. The chips combine Imec’s standard silicon photonic waveguide devices with bio-compatible modifications developed by Imec and Genalyte. These chips allow for high levels of multiplexed biosensing due to the high integration level of Si photonics. Pol Van Dorpe, scientific director for life science technologies at Imec will be available to discuss this application further. 

Laser Components (booth 449)

Laser Components will exhibit the Albalux FM white light module. With a fibre-guided continuous-wave luminous flux of over 150 lumens, the Albalux FM white light laser module allows precise, high-contrast illumination even in areas that are difficult to access. This opens up new possibilities in endoscopy, surgical headlamps, and 3D image processing. In addition to brightness, its precise beam guidance and sharp beam edges are also impressive. The compact housing of the plug-and-play module contains specially developed electronics for safe control of the light source. Despite its high optical performance, AlbaluxFM has low power consumption.

The light source is the innovative laser light technology from SLD Laser. Two semi-polar blue GaN laser diodes (450nm) illuminate a phosphorus chip, producing a brilliant, incoherent white light that is more than ten times brighter than the brightest white LEDs available.

Mahr (booth 1267)

From basic dimensional metrology to complex form and finish measurements, Mahr provides the complete solution for optical manufacturing metrology needs, including products for measuring planar and spherical; aspheric; freeform; diffractive; and micro-optic elements.

Mahr will highlight its line of optical manufacturing measurement solutions, including: the AVT 300 M high-precision Fizeau interferometer measuring tower, a customised solution for radius of curvature (RoC) and tool offset measurements in single point diamond turning (SPDT) applications; the MarSurf CM explorer, a compact confocal microscope for the three-dimensional measurement and analysis of surfaces; the MarSurf LD 130/260 Aspheric, a high-precision 2D/3D surface measuring station for characterising contour and roughness on optical components; and the integrated wireless product family including Micromar micrometers, MarCal calipers and MarCator indicators.

Menhir Photonics (booth 3138)

Menhir Photonics offers industrial-grade femtosecond lasers operating at 1,550nm with GHz repetition-rates and ultra-low noise performance. Combined with their unprecedented reliability, these laser enable applications both in the field and in industrial environments. An ultrafast laser that’s as precise and reliable as a Swiss timepiece.

The Menhir-1550 advances applications bridging photonics and electronics in a variety of domains, including the synchronisation of large-scale facilities, low-noise microwave generation, frequency-comb or telecommunication.

Visit Menhir Photonics to discuss your application and needs with its team of experts.

Nanosystec (booth 5444)

Nanosystec will demonstrate a new version of its proven Rapido selective laser soldering source.  

Selective laser soldering is the ideal method for attaching wires and other small components to miniature circuit boards. The strongly confined heat distribution at the solder spot avoids heating of neighboring components. The duration and intensity of the optical energy applied to the solder point can be extremely well controlled.

The emitting wavelength in the blue spectral range of the Rapido works perfectly with gold-coated parts, preforms and solder paste. The efficient absorption of the laser energy enhances the process stability compared to standard sources working in the near infrared range. Consequently, even less power leads to a faster soldering process with the Rapido-450.

The optional collinear temperature measurement (CTM) measures the temperature precisely in the solder spot and allows for closed-loop operation. As the dimension of the measurement spot is defined by the focusing optics of the laser beam, the temperature value is precisely limited to the solder spot. An integrated camera provides a picture of the solder spot which simplifies process control via machine vision algorithms. 

Knowing the temperature of the solder spot is of advantage for process development and quality assurance. Combining the temperature values with the CCD picture is essential for quality control.

Optiwave Systems (booth 2245)

Optiwave Systems is a developer of software tools for the design, simulation, and optimisation of components for fields in photonics, nanotechnology, optoelectronics, optical networks, and other light-based applications.

Since its inception in 1994, Optiwave’s software has been licensed to more than 1,000 industry-leading corporations and universities in more70 countries worldwide.

OptiSpice Tanner Plugin was created by Optiwave and Mentor Graphics to enhance Tanner T-Spice with optical circuit simulation capabilities. The seamless integration of optical models into the Tanner EDA enables the simulation of complex optoelectronic circuits from schematic or mask layout within a single design environment.

Opto Diode (booth 3289)

Opto Diode will demonstrate its range of narrow-spectral-output ultraviolet LEDs for disinfection applications. The UVC series of high-power, long-lifetime ultraviolet LEDs (UVLEDs) features narrow-spectral outputs and are available in four output powers, including 0.58mW, 0.75mW, 0.85mW and 1.2mW. The UVLEDs feature wavelengths that are suitable for use in disinfection tasks in healthcare applications and water purification. 

Operating temperatures range from -30°C to +80°C; storage temperatures range from -40°C to 100°C. Housed in hermetically-sealed TO-46 packages, the ultraviolet light-emitting diode family is ideal for easy integration into new or existing systems.

OSI Optoelectronics (booth 1835)

Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) from OSI Optoelectronics are ideal for time-of-flight applications, including lidar, laser rangefinders, and high-speed industrial inspection.

Features include high gain, high responsivity/quantum efficiency (QE), high bandwidth and fast response times, low noise, low-bias voltage, and convenient, hermetically-sealed TO or SMT packaging. The APDs are available in several detector sizes, with flat windows, or ball lenses in TO cans for use in optical fiber applications.

Additional applications include long-range, high-speed optical communications, distance measurement, barcode readers, optical remote control, medical equipment, and high-speed photometry, and high-speed industrial inspection tasks.

Picoquant (booth 4869; Bios booth 8409)

PicoQuant presents the updated Taiko PDL M1 laser driver. The driver's new Max Power Mode of operation allows running existing and new laser heads with increased power. Taiko's smart and flexible power control and monitoring enables outputting pulses with an almost perfectly constant and calibrated set of parameters (pulse energy and pulse shape) at any repetition rate. With the new Max Power Mode, the driver can operate each laser diode at the maximal pulse energy possible for any repetition rate setting. Product manager Guillaume Delpont will present Taiko not only at PicoQuant's booth but also during a product demonstration on 2 February at 12pm in demo area 2, hall EF.


Rogers Germany (booth 4360)

The Power Electronics Solutions (PES) Group of the Rogers Corporation is presenting two product expansions from the curamik cooler product family at Photonics West. The two new, water-cooled laser diode coolers efficiently derive the heat from powerful laser diodes on the smallest surfaces, improve performance efficiency and extend the lifespan. Curamik CoolPerformance Plus coolers are manufactured for outstanding cooling performance from OFHC copper and a highly conductive ceramic substrate, which, in combination, produces a precisely controllable coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE).

In addition to Curamik CoolPerformance / Plus, the material-based laser and photonics cooling solutions Curamik CoolPower/Plus and Curamik CoolEasy will also be shown. Curamik CoolPower/Plus coolers are produced from several layers of pure copper. The coolers are manufactured in the unique curamik bonding process in order to achieve hermetic, multi-layer structures without solder or additional adhesive layers. The curamik cooling solutions are also used for cooling high-performance LED and lidar applications. 

Sensofar (booth 3251)

Sensofar will exhibit the S neox, a high-performance non-contact 3D optical profiler microscope system purposely designed for sub-nano, nano and micro-scale measurement, with advanced inspection and analysis capabilities.

The S neox is an excellent optical 3D profiling microscope in terms of design, functionality, efficiency and performance. Above all, the most impressive feature to highlight is the speed. Everything is faster with new smart and unique algorithms. Standard measurement acquisition is 5X faster than before, making the S neox the fastest areal measurement system in the market.

The S neox design has been improved in terms of flexibility, stability and durability required for both R&D and QC laboratories. The Sensofar’s 3-in-1 technologies approach found in the S neox sensor head – confocal, interferometry, Ai focus variation (new) – contributes critically to the versatility of the system and help to minimise undesirable compromises in the data acquisition. 


Synopsys (booth 757)

At Photonics West, learn how Code V can help users accelerate the delivery of superior imaging optics. With optimisation, tolerancing and fabrication support, Code V optical design software helps users meet specifications and minimise costs. Code V is expertly developed, supported and documented to give customers the right answers fast. Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group provides optical design tools that model all aspects of light propagation. Tools include Code V imaging design software, LightTools illumination design software, and LucidShape products for automotive lighting. 

Teledyne Acton Optics and Teledyne Princeton Instruments (booth 648)

Stop by the Teledyne Acton Optics display inside the Teledyne Imaging booth to discuss your requirements and learn more about its products and capabilities, including excimer and UV laser optics and coatings, VUV/UV optical filters, high-performance UV aluminum and enhanced silver coatings, as well as our Metachrome CCD-enhancement coatings.

Ask about the new, UV-NIR neutral density filters that provide unmatched broadband performance. Acton Optics' core capabilities include an in situ optical monitoring system (OMS) that allows the company to provide complex coatings with consistent results. Acton Optics is one of the only coating companies able to accurately measure as low as 120nm. It has ISO 9001:2008 certification, with on-time delivery and comprehensive process controls that ensure batch-to-batch repeatability.

Teledyne Princeton Instruments will demonstrate new technologies in their spectroscopy and imaging camera offerings. Stop by to learn more about the new TPIR-785 Bio-Raman System with the highest sensitivity in its class.  Also featured are new offerings in the highly respected NIRvana InGaAs cameras series specifically designed for quantitative NIR/SWIR-II imaging and spectroscopy applications; and don’t forget to ask about the Fergie aberration-free spectroscopy system that includes high performance with excellant versatility.