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Central Research Laboratory

Life Photonics

A future where the Earth, its people, and all living things coexist in a harmonious balance - Hamamatsu Photonics aims to make this dream a reality through research into “light” which is the source of all matter.

What will our future be like 20 or 30 years from now? How about a future where all people can enjoy comfortable and active lives with peace of mind and where an optimal balance is maintained among the Earth, its people and all living things? To make this dream a reality we will have to overcome many obstacles and challenges.

Our Central Research Laboratory is conducting R&D work that conforms to “sustainability” values. We call this work “Life Photonics” which is based on the theme of “life” encompassing a broad range of areas such as life, living things, human life, vitality sources, and ways of living. We will continue researching a diverse spectrum of photonics and optical technologies taking “Life Photonics” as our motivating theme.


What is light? What can we do with light? Technology development at Hamamatsu always starts as a dialogue with light. In this process, our Central Research Laboratory and a number of specialized research facilities play fundamental roles and conduct basic research into light, while pursuing applied research across a diverse range of fields including optical information processing and measurement, health and medical care, biotechnology, material science, and energy.

Central Research Laboratory


The Central Research Laboratory in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref. is home to a host of specialized research facilities including the Research Center, the Material Center, the PET Center, the Medical Imaging Center, and the Biotechnology Center. In the Central Research Laboratory, a wide range of research is carried out ranging from basic research which pursues the nature of light to applied research in which the knowledge and technology acquired through basic research is applied in industries.

At our Industrial Development Research Center located in Hamamatsu City, we are setting our sights on creating new industries that utilize light for fields including power generation, medical care, and material modification, while working on our core research of “laser fusion” that has the potential to extract energy from hydrogen isotopes in seawater always available in endless quantities.

Tsukuba Research Laboratory in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Pref. primarily conducts research on bio-photonics in which opto-technology is applied in the field of life science.

Research Center

Material Center
(completed in August 1993)

PET Center
(completed in November 1991)

Biotechnology Center
(completed in December 1994)

Medical Imaging Center
(Health Screening Center and Positron Medical Center were unified in April 2012)

Tsukuba Research Center
(Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Pref.)

Industries Development Center

Industrial development Center
(Industrial development Laboratory)