Hamamatsu Frontiers webinar series - New photonic technologies enabling next-generation markets and applications

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A series of 6 webinars sponsored by Hamamatsu and SPIE, where you can learn about the new optical technologies such as SPAD, UV-NIR Spectrometer, Laser-Driven Light Sources, and the qCMOS (quantitative CMOS) camera’s role in the enabling markets. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of the key market requirements and trends. We hope you can join us for this exciting series.

Webinar #2: The impact of NEW UV-NIR spectrometer designs on measurement outcomes

Date/Time:  May 16, 2023 at 1 PM EST

For decades, spectrometers have played a valuable role in characterizing and detecting samples of all varieties. With each new application that has come to the forefront, new spectrometer technologies have grown to fill wide-spread and niche needs.


The need for smaller, compact solutions for portable measurements has grown tremendously. In this talk, we will discuss the use of near-infrared spectrometers that have allowed spectroscopy to evolve from a lab-bound solution to one used by first responders for real-time forensic analysis or by commercial users interested in seeing sugar content or water content for fruit ripeness. We will also share what makes technologies like the MEMS-FPI and MEMS-based Michelson Interferometer so unique and so small, new developments by Hamamatsu Photonics for these devices, and how they can be utilized to support the growing needs of the NIR spectroscopy field.


Then, we will introduce Hamamatsu’s newest UV-NIR spectrometer, the OPAL-Luxe Spectrometer. The OPAL-Luxe’s unique design achieves unprecedented performance, redefining how spectroscopists view their worlds. Everything about the OPAL-Luxe screams high performance, yielding world-class results in the most demanding applications. The OPAL-Luxe is meeting the challenge of low-noise performance while achieving an extremely wide dynamic range in a single measurement. True to our brand, Hamamatsu painstakingly designed the best spectrometer for demanding applications, including Semiconductor Plasma Monitors, Optical Density measurements, and more.


John Gilmore

John D. Gilmore has been characterizing leading-edge photonic devices for over three decades. He has developed sophisticated test and measurement capabilities, enabling precise characterization of image sensors and spectrometers. In addition, he has vast knowledge of the operation, optimization, and practical use of photonic devices, with particular emphasis on image sensors, spectrometers, and Raman modules. He received his B.S. degree in electronic engineering technology (EET) from Capital Institute of Technology, Laurel, Md., in 1986, and received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in solid state devices and material processing from the New Jersey Institute, Newark, N.J., in 1993. He joined Hamamatsu Corp. in September of 1986 and is presently the spectrometer business development manager. He is currently involved with the development of application-specific inspection equipment, general spectrometer marketing, and advanced field technical support.

Stephanie Butron

Stephanie Butron is an Applications Engineer for spectrometer products at Hamamatsu Corporation in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She prepares test fixtures and procedures to characterize precisely Hamamatsu’s various spectrometer devices, and assists on projects with her advanced technical support and product selection insight. With a B.S. in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, she is regularly looking at spectrometers from a multi-faceted perspective to provide users a well-rounded understanding of the devices available and the ways they may be beneficial and optimized for their applications.

Webinar #3: Innovative plasma-based light sources: theory, practice, and applications

Date/Time:  July 7, 2023 at 1 PM EST

Numerous applications require a broad-band light source with a stable high output brightens, stable spectral composition, and high degree of spatial coherence. The traditional broadband light sources such as thermal black bodies or plasma discharge tubes satisfy some of these performance requirements but rarely all. Recently developed laser-driven light source (LDLS) offers a significant performance improvement over the traditional sources and rapidly becomes the light source of choice in applications such as semiconductor wafer inspection, image sensor characterization, or optical systems testing (e.g., telescopes). This presentation first briefly reviews the traditional broadband sources to be then compared with the laser-driven source. The presentation ends with a discussion of several applications where LDLS is outperforming other sources.


Slawomir Piatek

Slawomir S. Piatek, Ph.D., is a senior university lecturer on physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a science consultant for Hamamatsu Corp. At the university, he has been measuring the proper motions of nearby galaxies using images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope. At Hamamatsu, he has developed a photonics training program for engineers. Piatek is also involved in popularizing the silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) as a novel photodetector by writing and lecturing, and by experimenting with the device. He earned a doctorate in physics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1994.

The remaining three webinars will be added soon.


Webinar #1: Untangling the mysteries of quantum technology using the ORCA-Quest qCMOS camera

Date/Time:  April 18, 2023 at 1 PM EST

Regardless of the problem, in every sci-fi movie these days the solution seems to be “nano” or “quantum” technology. But good sci-fi is rooted in reality. Advances in understanding quantum entanglement, developing reliable quantum computers, and characterizing the light sources and optics needed for quantum experiments have become our daily reality. At Hamamatsu, our role in quantum research is as varied as our products. With the development of the ORCA-Quest, we offer the first quantitative CMOS (qCMOS) camera specifically designed with quantum imaging science in mind. In the first half of this presentation, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the ORCA-Quest and highlight the engineering successes needed to achieve less than 0.3 e- rms readout noise and photon-resolving capabilities. In the second phase of the talk, we will connect how specific performance elements of the ORCA-Quest make it well suited to quantum research, including cold atoms and quantum entanglement. Pushing the envelope of an emerging technology requires new tools to take you beyond the edge of discovery. We believe that the ORCA-Quest is one of those tools. We invite you to come learn about this exciting, new breakthrough designed to help ignite questions and detect answers.


Brad Coyle

Brad Coyle is the OEM camera product manager at Hamamatsu. He has worked in the imaging field for over 16 years. His lab experience is in cell biology and live-cell microscopy. For eight years, he worked in advanced microscopy sales for Nikon Instruments. He joined Hamamatsu eight years ago in direct camera sales and quickly moved into OEM and automated imaging. His expertise includes camera and sensor technology, and advanced life science, physics, and industrial applications. Hamamatsu is a world leader focused on light-powered innovation. The company’s mission is to benefit society through the development of technologies that capture, measure, and generate various types of light.

Klea Dhimitri

Klea Dhimitri is an Applications Engineer at Hamamatsu Corporation in Bridgewater, NJ. Her expertise includes photodetectors such as photomultiplier tubes (PMT), single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD), MPPC (which is Hamamatsu’s silicon photomultiplier), photodiodes and avalanche photodiodes (APD) and their role in quantum applications. Klea leads Hamamatsu's efforts and bringing R&D from Japan together with researchers and early adopters in North America to provide a range of photonics solutions from detectors, modulators, cameras for the current and future quantum technologies landscape. Managing Hamamatsu Corporation engagement and activities in North American quantum hubs such as the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C). She received her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from CUNY Hunter College in 2018.