Welcome to The Photonics100

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Introducing the Photonics 100

Discover the who's who at the cutting-edge of photonics evolution.

We celebrate the industry’s most innovative people with the launch of The Photonics100 2023. This inaugural edition honours those that are the driving force behind the evolution of photonics.

When we asked you to help us create a list of  the people that drive our industry forward – the innovators, the boundary-pushers, the disruptors, the out-of-the-box thinkers and the R&D ‘rock stars’ – we had no idea just how much interest the idea would generate.

The Photonics100 is a passion project that has a simple ambition: to spotlight the often unsung heroes at the cutting edge of our industry – Chief Technical Officers, Heads of R&D, Senior Engineers, research leaders, entrepreneurs and others – and tell their stories in a dynamic and, yes, entirely selective new way.

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Nominations have been grouped into four distinct categories:

Photonics vendors – suppliers and integrators of photonics components and systems, such as optics, lasers, sensors, test and measurement, optoelectronics, illumination and imaging.

Original Equipment Manufacturers using photonics – integrators using photonics as an enabling technology in vertical markets such as life sciences, defence, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, semiconductors and optical communications.

Start-ups – companies under five years old, operating as either a photonics vendor or an OEM (as defined above).

Academia/research – either those involved in photonics research itself or those using photonic technology to further research in a non-photonics field, such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering and more.

No list such as this can claim to be exhaustive (there’s just too much happening in the photonics sector currently to entirely capture the range, energy or creativity out there) but we hope it creates a compelling snapshot of the widely recognised and those less familiar who we, at Electro Optics, believe richly deserve a place in our list.


Mark Elliott,

Head Of Content, Europa Science


Electro Optics asked the Photonics100 honorees what they thought the biggest challenge facing the photonics industry in 2023 would be

Lieven Penninck, CEO, PlanOpSim NV

Dr Lieven Penninck, the CEO of PlanOpSim NV and a Photonics100 honoree, is presenting at this year's Photonics West

Dr Laura Gemini, ALPhANOV

Dr Laura Gemini, group manager, nanoscale laser processing & health applications at ALPhANOV, and a Photonics100 honoree, is a presenter at this year's Photonics West

The Photonics100 - from A to Z

University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Ocean Insight
Vanderbilt University
University of Southampton
North American Coating Laboratories
University of Southampton
European Machine Vision Association (EMVA)
Berkeley Lab
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS)
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna University
Pilot Photonics
Aston University
National Physical Laboratory
Nokia Bell Labs
Intel Corporation
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
European Space Agency
MKS Instruments (Spectra-Physics)
Fraunhofer ILT
QuiX Quantum, University of Twente
University of Arizona
Photonics Leadership Group, Harlin Ltd
Friedrich-Schiller University and Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
University of Oxford
Light Conversion
Sony Space Communications Corporation
Queen Mary University of London
Dublin City University
Smart Photonics
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hamamatsu Photonics
Edmund Optics
Ayar Labs
Eindhoven University of Technology
Ulm University of Applied Sciences
Anritsu Corporation
WiredSense, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
Huawei Technologies
Isbat University
FTTH Council Europe
University of Glasgow
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
Sahajanand Technologies Private Limited
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
B-PHOT Brussels Photonics
M Squared Life
Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST)
CNRS, University Paris Saclay
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), VLC Photonics (VLC)
G&H Photonics
Nubis Communications
University College London
TOPTICA Photonics Ag
National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS)
Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
Laser Components
Scintil Photonics
Carl Zeiss Microscopy
Fusion Bionic
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)
Composites Group