Nature

2016

issue 15th September 2016, isssue 13th October 2016

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Reflecting on the Possibilities of Light

 

What can we do with light? At Hamamatsu Photonics, our quest for new knowledge begins with this question. Because even though light has been a spark since ancient times for discovery and invention, today there is much that’s still unknown about its true nature. By investigating further, we believe light will reveal new insights that will pave the way to new technologies for achieving a sustainable future. Therefore, we continue to reflect on the mysteries and possibilities of light.

 

"Light is not only a wave but also a particle." Watch Young’s interference experiment with single photons. For the first time ever in the world, Hamamatsu Photonics captured the dual nature of the photon in 1982.
http://photonterrace.net/en/photon/duality/

 

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issue 14th July 2016, isssue 18th August 2016

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HAMAMATSU Brings Leading Experts From Around the World Together

 

Scientists share latest research outcomes in quantum many-body science and technology at The 1st International Symposium on Advanced Photonics in Hamamatsu

 

iSAP Hamamatsu was held in Hamamatsu, Japan on April 13 and 14, 2016. The topic of this year's conference, the first in a series, was "Quantum many-body science and technology". Researchers and scientists who are active at the forefront of photon quantum physics came together to present the latest available information on quantum simulations, cold atoms, quantum networks, quantum computing and other topics. Over 100 researchers and engineers from universities and corporate entities in Europe, the US and Asia enjoyed vigorous discussion both at and away from the event site, exchanging ideas and information.

 

Using light, scientists are developing into quantum mechanics in their efforts to understand the building blocks of our world at the atomic and molecular levels. By supporting fundamental scientific research in light and the development of related technologies, Hamamatsu Photonics contributes to the creation of industries that will enhance society.

 

For detailed information about iSAP Hamamatsu
http://www.isap-hamamatsu.org/
(Sponsored by:Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology, with cooperation from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.)

 

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issue 15th May 2016, isssue 16th June 2016

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Mind/Brain Research Forges Links with Peace

 

There are still many aspects of the mechanisms and working of the brain that are not understood, and clarifying these unknown aspects is a major focus in the field of life science.
Photonics technology is making a significant contribution as we take on the challenge of humankind’s largest frontier.

 

The Conference of Peace through Mind/Brain Science was held for the first time in 1988. Ever since then, researchers have been working to understand brain function and impairment, to understand aging and diseases of the brain, and to clarify the relationship between mind and emotion through photonics. We are still deeply involved in efforts to promote global peace through a science-based approach.

 

At the 16th Conference, which was held from February 23 to 25, 2016, researchers playing progressive roles in this field attended from six countries (the US, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Korea and Japan), giving a total of 31 oral presentations at six sessions on a theme of “From Molecules to the Universe,” along with 27 poster sessions. Vigorous discussion was conducted on a wide variety of subjects, among them early detection of cancer using photonics, understanding what causes brain disease, and the results of the latest studies on neurochemistry and drug discovery.

 

Understanding brain function and the relationship between brain and mind has led to major advances in the biomedical field and many other fields. The Research Foundation for Opto-Science & Technology and Hamamatsu Photonics continue to contribute to research efforts such as these through photonics, as we strive to achieve peace by deepening our understanding of each other as human beings.

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issue 17th March 2016, isssue 14th April 2016

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Life Photonics

We use the technologies of light to help create a future world with balance among all forms of life.

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2015

issue 12th November 2015, isssue 10th December 2015

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A Source of Pride

At Hamamatsu Photonics, we've been in step with researchers around the world in focusing the development of our optical sensors on neutrinos. The steady, progressive research in this field is on the brink of producing outstanding results. That anticipation is not only bringing us strong encouragement, but is also reinforcing our pride in our fine-quality manufacturing.

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issue 13th August 2015, isssue 10th September 2015

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Reflecting on the Possibilities of Light

What can we do with light?
At Hamamatsu Photonics, our quest for new knowledge begins with this question. Because even though light has been a spark since ancient times for discovery and invention, today there is much that’s still unknown about its true nature. By investigating further, we believe light will reveal new insights that will pave the way to new technologies for achieving a sustainable future. In 2015, the United Nation’s International Year of Light, it befits us to reflect once more on the mysteries and possibilities of light.

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issue 10th June 2015, isssue 9th July 2015

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Photonics for basic research & technology

At Hamamatsu Photonics, we seek to unravel the limitless possibilities hidden in light.
By exploring ideas which could serve as the basis for vital technologies in the future, such as our unique prism for controlling terahertz waves. Each day brings new discoveries, made possible by years of accumulated knowledge plus R&D activities established on the spirit of peace and harmony.

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issue 9th April 2015, isssue 30th April 2015

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Photonics for the Environment

Algae may be silent, but what if the twinkle of light it emits whispers?
At Hamamatsu Photonics, we’re conducting research in bioassays using delayed luminescence from algae, with technology for measuring faint light from living organisms playing a central role. Through this research, we hope to assess the toxicity of chemical substances produced by industries and households, and thus contribute to creating a sustainable society in which a careful balance is maintained between the food chain and the ecosystem.

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issue 5th February 2015

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Photonics for Medical care

How can light help in the treatment of medical conditions?
In one undertaking aimed at answering that question, researchers at Hamamatsu Photonics are developing technologies that use laser light at a wavelength easily absorbed only by blood thrombi, and not by blood vessel walls or other structures, to selectively dissolve thrombi inside blood vessels.

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2014

issue 11th December 2014

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Photonics for Bioscience

How far can light go in explaining the mechanisms that govern life?
Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs), which number one in ten-millions of leukocytes in cancer patient's blood, could possibly be deeply involved in cancer metastasis, and are a focus of close attention by researchers in biology, medicine, engineering and optics around the world. At Hamamatsu Photonics, we’re conducting research using our own proprietary technology, in which we hope to detect CTCs and reveal the mechanisms of cancer metastasis.

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issue 9th October 2014, issue 13th November 2014

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Photonics for Health

Could food play a role in slowing down aging? Or in preventing cancer or adult-onset diseases?
At Hamamatsu Photonics, we’re studying the impact of food on the human body by developing systems that measure the body’s level of oxidative stress, which is a factor in many diseases. Each day, we conduct research into new tools that will be used to promote good health.

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issue 10th July 2014, issue 14th August 2014, issue 11th September 2014

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Life Photonics

Right now, the earth's populations are facing a multitude of challenges such as global warming and biodiversity issues, that are begining to upset the balance of life itself on a global scale. At Hamamatsu Photonics, we use the term Life Photonics to describe research and development topics that embrace sustainability as a core value. We conduct our activities with an emphasis on diverse viewpoints and mutual interactions among indibidual engineers and researchers, so as to ultimately ensure a lasting future for every form on life on earth.

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2013

issue 15th November 2013,issue 13th December 2013

Photonics rewrites our understanding of matter.

Have you ever admired the lovely, iridescent light that glows from an opal, or watched a jewel beetle from different angles and seen how the colors change? These mysterious colors are created by something called photonic crystals, which make use of the interaction between light and matter. Photonic crystals are nanostructures that can be made to strongly reflect or close out light at certain wavelengths, by tweaking their structure. The application of these crystals could lead to fascinating possibilities in new optical devices. Photonics technologies are rewriting the way we look at and understand matter, with each discovery adding another hue to the spectrum.

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issue 13th September 2013,issue 11th October 2013

Constants in a chaning world

It was 1959 when Hamamatsu Photonics brought out first side-on photomultiplier tube, the R105. All of our early products were developed through a process of trial and error, as we had no store of knowledge or theories on which we could draw. Now, 60 years after our inception, we can look back with great satisfactions at the evolution we've seen in our product specifications and our development methodologies. No matter how much these elements change, however, the configurations that house these increasingly sophisticated functions have remained largely the same over the years. In the ongoing quest to explore the unknown, curiosity and craftsmanship remain constant to serve as the driving forces propelling us to new heights.

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issue 12th July 2013,issue 16th August 2013

Photonics sheds light on the wonders of nature.

With conventional tools, it has been difficult to observe fascinating events such as the behavior of cells at the nanoscale level and in vivo phenomena taking place at high speed. Now, however, photonics is giving us a closer look at activities formerly hidden from view. For instance, with a quantitative phase microscope developed by Hamamatsu Photonics, we can observe the shape, refraction index and other aspects of living cells at the nanoscale level. Applications in cytologic diagnosis, early detection of cancer, regenerative medicine and new drug development support have all come within the range of possibility. At Hamamatsu photonics, we're proud to play a role in unraveling the mysteries of life through the eyes do science.

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issue 7th June 2013,issue 14th june 2013

Photonics adds value in our lives.

Many of us feel that to live physically and mentally healthy lives, and to be able to provide some value to society, is where happiness lies. That's why we at Hamamatsu Photonics have put so many years into examining what can be done using light. To cite just one example, the development of PET devices that can quantitatively measure biological functions without causing any harm to the body has provided a wealth of benefits to mankind, among them early detection of cancer and Alzheimer's disease, and the ability to gauge the efficacy of therapeutic drugs. At Hamamatsu Photonics, our ongoing commitment is to make it possible for each and every person to lead a life of happiness and value.

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issue 15th March 2013,issue 12th April 2013

Photonics spotlights the versatility of light

The light that bathes the world around us does much more than simply keep darkness at bay and direct us along the path we need to follow. By controlling light in teams of parameters such as its spatial, temporal and wavelength axes, we are opening up facets never seen before. For instance, research in spatial light modulation of devices and hologram technology used to control the phases of light have given rise to the generation of a new form of light that we call higher-order beams. These technology hold out high expectations for broad spectrum of uses that include comple-menting and manipulating matter, optical processing, quantum calculation, and many others.

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