1980s

  Corporate history and product development  
1980
  • Tokyo Sales Office moved to Toranomon. Production of photomultiplier tubes by Hamamatsu Corporation (U.S.A.) began. The first Photon Fair held.
  • Image intensifiers and Nightviewers were put on the market.
  • Obtained an Important Technology Research and Development Fund Grant from MITI for "Applied research into 2D low-light-level measurement".
 
1981
  • Tenno Glass Works completed.
  • Capital increased to 450 million yen.
 
1982
  • Digital-radiography video cameras, 20-inch photomultiplier tubes (for proton decay detection) and 2D photon counting-imager tubes were put on the market.
  • Obtained an Important Technology Research and Development Fund Grant from MITI for "Applied research into spatial light modulators".
 
1983
  • Company name changed to Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. Capital increased to 495 million yen.
  • Photomultiplier tubes for photonic microscopes, photomultiplier tubes for PET (Positron Emission Tomography), PSDs for AF cameras, rocket-borne vacuum UV photomultiplier tubes and 1/4-inch photomultiplier tubes were put on the market.
 
1984
  • Registered on the over-thecounter market of the Japan Securities Dealers Association. Capital increased to 1.165 billion yen.
  • Xenon lamps and PIAS (Photon-counting Image Acquisition System) were put on the market.
  • Obtained an Important Technology Research and Development Fund Grant from MITI for "Applied research into photocontrolled microscopes". Funded by MITI with "Research into photochemical reaction system for diagnosis and therapy of cancer" under National Research and Development Programs for Medical and Welfare Apparatus. Began joint research with the University College London for the non-invasive monitoring of oxygen in the human brain. President Hiruma received the Indigo Ribbon Medal/ Japan.
 
1985
  • Headquarters Business Office opened and Tsukuba Research Laboratory established. Capital increased to 5,001 million yen. Affiliated company established in France.
  • High power pulsed laser diodes, linear image sensors, X-ray Image Intensifiers were put on the market. Position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes developed.
  • Developed the vacuum UV television camera for the space probe Suisei, voyaging to Halley's Comet.
 
1986
  • ARGUS-100 (video microscopy system), Photo ICs and UV spot light sources were put on the market.
  • Co-developed a method of cancer cell identification through tomography using a special camera with the Hamamatsu Medical Treatment Center. Obtained an Important Technology Research and Development Fund Grant from MITI for "Research into new interdevice connection technology utilizing the progressive wave function". Funded by the Research Development Corporation of Japan with "Research into high-resolution positron CT scanner".

Photo ICs (1986)

1987
  • Capital increased to 7 billion yen.
  • Excimer lasers, fiber optic plates, and Hot Electron Analyzer system were put on the market.
  • Experimental laser distance measurement between Shimizu and Izu (about 40km) began. Co-developed a precise atom position measurement system. Co-developed a laser chromosome dissection system. Funded by the Research Development Corporation of Japan with "Research into production technology for X-ray pick-up storage tubes".
 
1988
  • Then Prince Akihito (present Emperor) visited Toyooka Factory. Affiliated companies established in the U.K. and Sweden. Joint company established in China.
  • Highly functional photo ICs and image intensifiers for high sensitive TV camera were put on the market.
  • Co-developed a neuro-computer. First Mind/ Brain International Conference held in Hamamatsu City. Funded by MITI with "Research into laser angioplasty system" under the National Research and Development Programs for Medical and Welfare Apparatus.

Then Prince Akihito (present Emperor) visited Toyooka Factory. (1988)

1989
  • Tokyo Sales Office promoted to Tokyo Branch Office. Tsukuba Sales Office opened.
  • Semiconductor UV sensors were put on the market.
  • Co-developed a cancer diagnosis and treatment system using lasers with Tokyo Medical University.
    The Science and Technology Agency's National Institute of Radiological Sciences developed a linear body black degeneration diagnosis method using a positron CT scanner developed by Hamamatsu Photonics.
    Hamamatsu Photonics' sponsored course held at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine/ Japan.
    Funded by MITI with "Research into laser bone operation equipment" under the National Research and Development Programs for Medical and Welfare Apparatus.
 

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