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Conference programme

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More than 5,200 technical presentations in addition to various industry panel discussions will be held alongside the Photonics West exhibition in San Francisco. The symposium is expected to attract an international audience of more than 20,000.

Conferences are organised into tracks on biomedical optics (BiOS), industrial laser sources and applications (LASE), and optoelectronics and photonic materials and devices (OPTO).

A highlight for the industrial laser sector includes a talk by Berthold Schmidt, CTO of the business unit Trumpf Laser Technology and CEO of Trumpf Photonics, on 31 January, titled ‘Advanced Industrial Laser Systems and Applications’.

The industry programme will also include talks on laser sources, nonlinear optics and beam guiding, micro and nano applications, and macro applications. The LASE 2018 Symposium Chairs include Reinhart Poprawe from the Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology ILT and Koji Sugioka from Ricken.

Prism award finalists

The 2018 Prism awards, which recognise innovative product inventions within the optics and photonics field, will also be taking place for the 10th time in 2018. Winners will be announced on 31 January at a gala banquet during Photonics West.

The three finalists in the materials processing and additive manufacturing category are Chinese firm Han’s Laser, Germany’s Limo, and Colorado-headquartered Nuburu.

Han’s Laser was selected for its multi-axis and high-precision UV laser system for PVD ablation processing, which is designed for manufacturing smartphones. The system features a Draco series sub-nanosecond UV laser with up to 10W output power at 100kHz, as well as a four-axis motion control system with 1.5m/s speed, 1g acceleration, and 2µm positioning accuracy.

Limo was highlighted for its Activation Line UV-L750 beam shaping solution, which offers a 750mm line length at 341-353nm for use in mass OLED production in the flat panel display market. The Activation Line offers fast process speeds, high process efficiency and high productivity through simultaneous large-area processing along the laser line. The homogeneous intensity distribution of the line beam profile ensures uniform and consistent high-quality process results.

Nuburu’s chosen AO-150 CW laser features a modular design that combines individual 450nm diode lasers to produce 150W of blue output power in a high-quality optical beam. The output wavelength of the laser matches the absorption curves for several common metals such as copper, enabling both quantitative and qualitative enhancement in materials processing applications.

‘It is a great honour to have Nuburu nominated along with the many excellent innovators in this year’s Prism award programme,’ commented Mark Zediker, CEO of Nuburu.