Innovation at Hamamatsu

A gift from Hamamatsu to the world - A 60-year history of nurturing photonics technology
Our products are actively used throughout the world in a wide variety of areas including medical treatment, chemical analysis, measurement, information & communications, and office automation. Here we provide specific examples of fundamental and applied research as well as elemental and applied technology fostered over the 60-year history that provides vital support for supplying our products.

Fundamental research & Applied research

Laser fusion (high power laser application)

Laser fusion is an innovative technology that artificially creates clean energy using deuterium. Here we introduce you to high-power semiconductor lasers used as the pump source for a laser for nuclear fusion, approach to achieve laser fusion, and products resulting from this application.


Nanophotonics is technology to process, control and measure material whose structure is on the nanoscale size . On this page we give an overview of nanophotonics as well as the approach taken to nanophotonics here at Hamamatsu.

PET technology (equipment development, examination study, drug discovery support)

This section introduces you to the principles behind PET (Positron Emission Tomography), the PET measurement process, and how the PET detector operates. Here you can also view actual cases where brain PET and whole-body PET scanners were used for imaging of patient disorders.

Phase resolved phase optical imaging

Here you can view photos and videos showing the principle behind “quantitative phase microscopy” which makes use of the “phase” of light to image the shape and structure of living cells and their optical properties without using pigments or dyes, as well as the measurement examples.

Time-resolved spectrophotometry ― Bioimaging using light

This page introduces you to time-resolved spectroscopy which utilizes the high transmittance of near-infrared light through a living body to capture the spreading state of pulsed light irradiated within the tissue of a living organism at a specified wavelength. It also describes related products using this technology.

Alga delayed luminescence measurement technology

Delayed luminescence is a phenomenon in which the light emitted due to light stimulation slowly occurs in several seconds to a several dozen seconds compared to fluorescence. Measurement of this phenomenon is the focus of much recent attention since it is a useful way to evaluate effects of chemical substances on the environment.

Sophisticated sensing technology: Intelligent vision sensor (IVS)

Here we introduce technology for “Intelligent Vision Sensors” which are highly sophisticated image processing sensors capable of detecting and identifying images and issuing control signals all in a time of about 1 millisecond, as well as the applied products and applications.

Light phase control (LCOS-SLM)

The LCOS-SLM is a reflective type spatial light phase modulator for freely and precisely changing the phase of the light. This page introduces you to our optical phase modulation technology that is utilized in laser processing and measurement of high resolution fundus images by wavefront correction.

Elemental technology

MOEMS technology

Hamamatsu Photonics has turned to MOEMS technology which combines elementary technology of opto-semiconductors and electron tube devices with MEMS technology to produce optical devices having yet higher performance and sophisticated functions. Here we introduce you to opto-semiconductor device technology and MEMS technology, as well as some applications of MOEMS technology.

Vacuum technology

Photomultiplier tubes made by Hamamatsu Photonics boast a top market share even in countries across the world. Producing a high degree of vacuum is an essential part of their manufacturing process. Here we give a brief introduction to technology for generating a vacuum state which provides vital support for photomultiplier tube manufacturing.

Photocathode technology

Photomultiplier tubes, which are our major products, are used to detect low level light and convert it into electrical signals. Here you can get a brief look at the technology and principle of photocathodes that convert light into electrons, as well as photomultiplier tubes using different properties of photocathodes.

Glass processing technology

Vacuum vessels or tubes used for high sensitivity photomultiplier tubes and light source lamps require glass with excellent air-tightness and light transmittance, etc. This page introduces you to glass processing technology developed by Hamamatsu Photonics through long years of experience to produce photomultiplier tubes and light source lamps.

X-ray source technology

Microfocus X-ray sources from Hamamatsu Photonics have a very small focal point that helps produce sharp, enlarged X-ray images with no blur. On this page, we introduce X-ray source technology used for a large number of applications including inspection of electronic circuit boards, industrial products such as aluminum die cast parts, and medical products.

Electric discharge technology

Hamamatsu Photonics produces light sources that emit light at different wavelengths by artificial plasma created by electrical discharge. In this page we introduce you to discharge technology that helps generate the “non-flickering light” required in many applications such as the environmental, medical, and semiconductor manufacturing fields.

Spectroscopic / Light interferometry technology

Based on the cutting edge spectroscopy and related technology, Hamamatsu Photonics is constantly at work developing a variety of high-accuracy film thickness measurement devices to match diverse customer needs. This page introduces you to spectroscopic and interferometric technology that supports a wide range of thickness measurements ranging from thin films to substrate thicknesses.

Imaging technology

Image measurement technology and cameras produced by Hamamatsu Photonics are highly rated and trusted around the world based on numerous proven results. Here we introduce you to some high-tech cameras and their core technology that allow high quality image measurement with low noise.

Ultrafast speed analysis technology

Streak cameras are devices that measure optical phenomena occurring at ultrafast speeds as well as their changes over time. This page introduces you to ultrafast analysis technology (streak camera technology) being applied in new fields including physics, chemistry, and biology.

Application technology

Photon counting

Photomultiplier tubes and opto-semiconductor devices from Hamamatsu Photonics allows detection of extremely weak light at the photon counting level. Here we introduce you to photon counting technology capable of counting photons which are the smallest light particles.

Stealth dicing technology

Stealth dicing technology is a “completely new wafer dicing technology” utilizing a laser specially developed by Hamamatsu Photonics. There is almost no kerf loss and chipping during dicing, so this high-quality cutting technology is now in wide use for semiconductor wafer dicing. Here we introduce you to the theory and special features of stealth technology along with its developmental roadmap we have planned.

Lightsheet readout

Lightsheet readout

Lightsheet readout is a unique and patented feature of Hamamatsu sCMOS cameras which provides improved control over the rolling shutter mechanism. Here we introduce you to the principle and features of the Lightsheet Readout Mode with sCMOS camera.

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