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Philips Photonics wins AKL'16 innovation award for VCSEL arrays

A team from Philips Photonics has won an innovation award at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL’16 for VCSEL arrays.

The award and €10,000 prize money was presented to Dr Armand Pruijmboom, general manager of Philips Photonics Aachen (Germany) and his team for vertical-cavity surface emitting laser-diode (VCSEL) arrays, designed to provide a novel high-power laser technology for digital thermal processing.

The team won for developing the VCSEL array chips for high power applications, packaging and thermal management, tailoring packages of various standard building blocks to specific industrial applications, and finally the application development itself.

The winner Dr Armand Pruijmboom has been given the title of AKL Fellow and ELI Fellow.

Second prize was technology from Audi for work developing laser beam remote welding of aluminium for automotive lightweight design, while a team from Coherent was awarded third prize for its UVblade laser system for manufacturing flexible displays.

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European prize for applied research awarded at two-yearly intervals by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik and the European Laser Institute (ELI). Ulrich Berners, president of the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik, and Dr Paul Hilton, president of ELI, presented the awards at AKL’16.

Compared to conventional non-laser based heating technologies, VCSELs offer an innovative solution for heating only when and where it is needed in a short time with cost effective, compact and robust systems. VCSEL arrays offer flexibility, high efficiency and long lifetimes. As a solid state technology VCSELs fuel the trend to fully digitised manufacturing flows.

Dr Ralph Delmdahl, Coherent's product marketing manager and team representative, commented on the third place prize for the UVblade laser system: ‘Less than three years after market introduction, our UVblade systems are running in the production lines of every major display manufacturer. They combine unparalleled precision with highest processing rate and are nothing less than a breakthrough on the road to an exciting world of paper-thin, flexible displays enabling entirely new forms of digital communication.’

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