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  • Hamamatsu has been working with the Photon for more than 50 years. We have established ourselves as the top company of photoelectron conversion technologies in the world. However, we have yet to fully grasp the nature of the Photon and its potential. The more you study, the more you realize how little you know about the Photon and its applications. That is why we continue to move ahead vigorously with basic research and apply what we learn to photonics.
Product Portfolio
  • Optical sensors

      • Photodiodes

      • Our photodiodes cover a broad spectral range, from near-infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths to high-energy regions. Photodiodes are available in metal, ceramic, and plastic packages, as well as module types. Custom designs are also available.

        • Si photodiodes
        • Si photodiode arrays
        • Si photodiode arrays with amplifier
        • InGaAs photodiodes
        • InGaAs photodiode arrays
        • Photodiode modules
        • Photosensor amplifiers
        • Optics modules
        • Balanced detectors
        • Charge amplifiers
      • Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

      • APDs are photodiodes with internal gain produced by the application of a reverse voltage. They have a higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) than PIN photodiodes, as well as fast time response, low dark current, and high sensitivity. Spectral response range is typically within 200 - 1150 nm.

        • Si APDs 
        • InGaAs APDs 
        • Si APD arrays 
        • APD modules 
      • Photo IC

      • The photo IC is an intelligent optical sensor with diverse functions and integrates a photodiode with signal processing IC in the same package.

        • Photo IC for rangefinders
        • Front-end IC photosensors for LiDAR
        • Color sensors
        • Illuminance sensors
        • Schmitt trigger circuit photo IC
        • Light modulation photo IC
        • Photo IC for optical link
        • Photo IC devices for encoders
        • Photo IC for optical switch
        • Photo IC for laser beam synchronous detection
      • Multi-Pixel Photon Counters (MPPCs/SiPM)

      • Our Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), also known as silicon photomultiplier (SiPM), is a solid state photomultiplier comprised of a high density matrix of Geiger-mode-operated avalanche photodiodes also known as SPAD (single-photon avalanche photodiode). These SPADs have high internal gain which enable single photon detection. The Hamamatsu SiPM features low dark count, high photon detection efficiency, excellent timing resolution, low bias voltage operation, ruggedness, resistance to excess light, and immunity to magnetic fields. They are well-suited to single photon counting and other ultra-low light applications.

        • MPPCs (SiPMs)/MPPC arrays
        • MPPC modules
        • Single-pixel photon counting modules
        • MPPC power supplies & driver circuits
      • Photomultiplier tubes (PMTs)

      • PMTs suitable for applications that require high speed, low noise, and high gain. Our PMTs include bare tubes, assemblies, and modules offering a wide selection of photosensitive areas and spectral responses.

        • Photomultiplier tube (Tube alone)
        • Photomultiplier tube assemblies
        • Photomultiplier tube modules
        • Micro PMTs
        • Photomultiplier tube accessories
        • Photon detection units
        • Hybrid photodetectors (HPDs)
      • Phototubes

      • Phototubes are photodetectors that feature high sensitivity, superior temperature stability, wide dynamic range, large photosensitive area, and low-voltage operation. They are widely utilized in applications such as chemical and medical analysis and laser measurement.
      • Image sensors

      • We offer over 200 standard linear and area image sensors covering the short wavelength infrared (SWIR), near infrared (NIR), visible (VIS), ultraviolet (UV), and X-ray regions. With a broad selection from high speed, high sensitivity to wide dynamic range, our image sensors are suitable for different applications including spectroscopy analysis using spectrometers, industrial imaging such as machine vision cameras, microscopy, and distance measurements. We also provide supporting electronics such as easy-to-use driver circuits for sensor evaluation and driver modules for OEMs. Customizations are available for specific applications and requirements.
      • Spectrometers / Spectrum sensors

        • Mini-spectrometers: Mini-spectrometers are compact and low cost spectrometers (polychromators). We offer over 20 different types of mini-spectrometers covering the spectral range from UV to NIR. Suitable for applications such as environmental measurement, color measurement, quality control in production lines, and information devices.
        • MEMS-FPI spectrum sensors: Ultra-compact sensors that house an InGaAs PIN photodiode and a Fabry-Perot Interferometer (MEMS-FPI) tunable filter that can vary its transmission wavelength depending on the applied voltage.
        • Raman spectroscopy: Our modules include all the essential components needed to perform Raman measurements, such as excitation laser diode, polychromatic dispersion device, and optical and control circuit systems.
      • Infrared detectors

      • Sensors and modules for infrared light detection:

        • InGaAs photodiodes
        • InGaAs photodiode arrays
        • InGaAs APDs 
        • Thermopile detectors
        • InAs photovoltaic detectors
        • InAsSb photovoltaic detectors
        • InSb photoconductive detectors
        • InSb photovoltaic detectors
        • Two color detectors
        • Photon drag detectors
        • Infrared detector modules with preamplifier
        • Infrared photodiode modules
      • UV & flame sensors

        • Discharge / Flame sensors UVTRON
        • UV power meters
        • Photo IC assemblies for flame detection
        • Thermopile detectors
        • InAsSb photovoltaic detectors
      • X-ray sensors

      • Sensors and modules for x-ray detection.

        • Si photodiodes
        • Si photodiode arrays
        • Si photodiode arrays with amplifier
        • X-ray flat panel sensors
        • X-ray image sensors
        • X-ray TDI cameras
        • X-ray line scan cameras
        • Scintillator plates
      • Radiation sensors

      • Sensors and modules for radiation detection.
      • Electron & ion sensors

        • Fast decay phosphors
        • Electron multipliers (EMs)
        • Microchannel plates (MCPs)
        • Photodiodes for electron beam detection
      • Distance & position sensors

      • Sensors used for distance measurement and position detection. Suitable for many applications, such as LiDAR.

        • LiDAR sensors
        • Photo IC for rangefinders
        • Distance image sensors
        • Position-sensitive detectors (PSDs)
        • Profile sensors
      • Application-specific sensors

      • Sensor modules and assemblies for specific applications.

        • Transmitter/receiver modules for VICS
        • Sun sensors
        • Encoder modules
        • Photo IC assemblies for flame detection
    • Optical components

        • Optical blocks

        • Compact units containing optical components such as bandpass filters and dichroic mirrors. Designed specifically for low light level measurements that use PMT modules and high-sensitivity cameras. Can be combined in different configurations. A full system can be built by combining these blocks with a light source and detector. For example, a low cost fluorescence or confocal microscope can be built by combining a laser, optical blocks, and microscope objective lenses.
        • Scan blocks

        • An optical block that combines galvano scanners with a telecentric fθ (F-theta) lens designed for laser beam scanning in the visible range. 21.5 mm diameter observation area. Full measurement systems such as a laser scanning fluorescence, reflecting, or confocal microscope can be made by coupling this block to other optical blocks. High magnification images can be observed with a photomultiplier tube by attaching the scan block to the C-mount port of a commercial microscope.
        • Fiber optic plates (FOP)

        • Optical devices comprised of a bundle of micron-sized optical fibers. Used as a lens to transmit light or an image with high efficiency and low distortion. Unlike a normal optical lens, no focusing distance is required. Ideal when designing and building compact optical devices.
        • FAC lenses

        • FAC lenses collimate diverging light from a semiconductor laser into a narrow beam with a radiation angle of several milliradians (mrad) or less, to allow efficient use of light.
        • Collimating capillary lenses

        • Capillary lenses collimate x-rays using total reflection. They consist of a bundle of numerous hollow glass capillaries formed into a cylindrical shape with one end gently tapered.
        • Capillary plates

        • Circular or square glass plates ranging from 0.4 to several dozen millimeters thick with fine glass tubing (capillaries) regularly arranged in a two-dimensional array. Each capillary hole can be from a few microns to several hundred microns in diameter. These plates have excellent linearity and high precision while offering selectable directivity, making them suitable for flow control and particle sorting.
        • Flow cells

        • Quartz glass flow cells and cuvettes manufactured using our experience and established glass processing technology. We also provide custom-made products.
        • LCOS-SLM (Optical Phase Modulator)

        • LCOS-SLM are reflective space light phase modulators that freely modulates light phases. Laser or other irradiation light goes through a phase modulation by the liquid crystal and reflected. The wavefront shape can be controlled freely. Wavefront control of the light can be applied to optical beam photolithography, aberration correction, and the like.
        • Image splitting optics

        • Image splitting optics provide one pair of dual wavelength images to cameras.

          • The W-VIEW GEMINI-2C is an image splitting optics which provides one pair of dual wavelength images separated by a dichroic mirror onto two cameras.
          • The W-VIEW GEMINI is an image splitting optics which provides one pair of dual wavelength images separated by a dichroic mirror onto a single camera.
        • MEMS mirrors

        • Electromagnetically driven mirrors that incorporate our unique micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology. They offer a wide optical deflection angle, high mirror reflectivity, and low power consumption.
        • SERS substrates

        • The surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate enhances the Raman scattering light from molecules, making high-sensitivity Raman spectroscopic analysis possible. ?
        • Ionization-assisting substrates DIUTHAME

        • Hamamatsu offers ionization-assisting substrates called DIUTHAME that support ionization in mass spectrometry in place of matrix that is currently used for MALDI (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization) and also eliminate the cumbersome sample pretreatment process.
      • Cameras

          • CMOS cameras

          • A leader in the scientific CMOS camera revolution, Hamamatsu has a camera to fit almost any budget or application.

            • The ORCA-Fusion, built from the sensor up, balances the complex nuances of camera features to provide beautiful images and robust data at all lights levels, but especially in tough low-light conditions.
            • The ORCA-spark is a high-sensitivity digital CMOS camera using a 2.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.
            • Second generation CMOS camera with sCMOS sensor designed for scientific research use. The ORCA-Flash4.0 LT+ is designed to be the new workhorse digital camera to bring high end performance to every imaging project. (Peak QE: 82 %)
            • Digital CMOS camera with sCMOS sensor designed for scientific research use. It has improved resolution and sensitivity (especially in NIR region) comparing with ORCA-Flash4.0. (82 % peak QE)
          • CCD cameras

          • The CCD cameras capture optical signals with high-sensitive.

            • Wide spectral sensitive (UV-NIR) back-thinned CCD digital camera with 84% QE at 157nm.
            • Wide spectral sensitive (UV to NIR) back-thinned CCD digital camera. Peltier cooling reduces dark current, and it allows to have long exposure.
          • EM-CCD cameras

          • EM-CCDs revolutionized low-light imaging with on-chip amplification. Even with advances in CMOS, EM-CCD cameras with large pixels and back-thinned sensitivity are the best choice for extremely low-light, low-background applications. Refined over numerous generations for superior usability, these cameras offer fine control of camera features and image quality.

            • Electron Multiplying CCD camera with back-thinned type EM-CCD. The heavy cooled (-100 ℃) high sensitive camera realizes 512×512 pixel read out speed of 70 frames second.
            • Electron Multiplying CCD camera with back-thinned type EM-CCD. The heavy cooled (-80 ℃) high sensitive camera realizes 1024×1024 pixel read out speed of 18.5 frames second.
          • InGaAs cameras

          • InGaAs cameras bridge the gap between NIR wavelengths in the 950-1700 nm range, where silicon detectors are no longer sensitive. Our products capture images with QVGA to VGA resolution and our extensive experience with InGaAs sensors allows us to offer cameras with exquisite image contrast and quality.

            • Infrared sensitive InGaAs camera with detection range from 950nm to 1700nm. It supports standard video output USB 3.0.
            • Infrared sensitive InGaAs camera with detection range from 950nm to 1500nm. Low dark current with -70 °C peltier cooling.
            • Infrared sensitive InGaAs camera with detection range from 950nm to 1700nm. It supports standard video output (EIA) and USB 3.0.

          • TDI camera

          • High-speed imaging of moving samples is a challenging even in bright conditions, but our TDI cameras turn linear movement of the sample into an advantage by coordinating signal accumulation in the sensor with sample movement. These cameras are also well-suited for low-light scanning applications that are too dim to for a line scan sensor.

            • TDI (Time Delay Integration) camera with 2048 horizontal pixel. It realizes high speed and high sensitivity simultaneously and is good for variety of applications including in-line use.
          • Board-level CMOS cameras

          • While our board-level CMOS cameras use the same sensors as our CMOS cameras for research, their streamlined features deliver high speed, low noise, and high resolution at a cost-effective price.
          • Board-level TDI cameras

          • From our fast, low-noise TDI sensors to advanced camera engineering capabilities that optimize sensor performance, these board-level cameras allow you to harness decades of in-house design and manufacturing experience in your next OEM project.
          • X-ray line scan cameras

          • X-ray line scan cameras produce high-sensitivity, high-resolution, X-ray transmission images of moving objects transported on a conveyor belt or similar apparatus. A variety of options are available.
          • X-ray TDI cameras

          • Cameras useful for in-line imaging applications requiring high-speed operation with high sensitivity. While conventional line sensor cameras suffer from low brightness under high-resolution imaging, X-ray TDI cameras improve the image brightness, resulting in enhanced images. Most appropriate for imaging linearly moving objects or where the aspect ratio is significantly asymmetric. Vertical X-ray TDI cameras that can be installed in narrow spaces are also available.
          • X-ray CMOS cameras

          • X-ray CMOS cameras are suitable for micro object by achieving high resolution image.
          • X-ray CCD camera

          • The X-ray CCD camera is suitable for high sensitive X-ray detection.
          • X-ray I.I. camera unit & X-ray I.I.

          • X-ray camera units those contain an X-ray image intensifier and a CCD camera.
          • High resolution X-ray imaging system

          • High-resolution imaging system designed for X-ray beam alignment. Suitable for use in larger synchrotron radiation facilities.
          • Imaging software

          • Software provides the interface to access all our carefully engineered camera features, from simply setting exposure to orchestrating complex triggering for multidimensional experiments. Not only are our cameras supported by most imaging platforms, we also offer software development tools for Windows, Linux, MATLAB and LabVIEW.
        • Light & radiation sources

            • LEDs

            • Our LEDs range from red to mid-infrared, a variety of wavelengths enabled by crystal growth and process technology that supports compound semiconductor materials. LEDs are mainly used in combination with photosensors, and offer a lower cost and longer service life compared to laser diodes. High quality and reliability are ensured by strictly controlled assembly and inspection processes. 
            • UV-LED light sources

            • Light sources available in a variety of intensities, cooling methods, and shapes. Suitable for a diverse range of applications, including UV adhesive curing and UV ink drying.

              • UV-LED light source (Linear irradiation)
                Hamamatsu now offers LED-UV light sources that are compact, lightweight and air-cooled, yet deliver the high power that has been a challenge for LED-UV light sources. These LED-UV light sources are available for various printers including inkjet printers.
              • Spot irradiation UV-LED light sources
                Reduce costly down time due to lamp replacement with 365 or 385 nm UV-LED light sources.
            • Lamps

            • Our lamps deliver high stability and long lifetimes. Light measurement technology is utilized in many applications including chemical analysis, medical diagnostic testing, environmental monitoring, and academic research fields.

              • Xenon & mercury-xenon lamps
              • Xenon flash lamps
              • Deuterium lamps
              • Deuterium lamps for photoionization
              • Hollow cathode lamp
            • Lamp modules & units

            • Our lamp modules and lamp units are assembled with a matching power supply and other functions making them suitable for a wide range of user applications.

              • Xenon flash lamp modules
              • Spot light sources
              • Radio frequency (RF) electric discharge type excimer lamp
              • Compact D2 lamp modules
              • H2D2 light source units
              • VUV light source units
            • Microfocus X-ray sources

            • Microfocus X-ray sources specifically developed for 2D and 3D nondestructive testing. A small focal point prevents blurring of x-ray images and delivers a sharp, enlarged image.
            • Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) and Soft X-Ray Sources

            • Energetiq’s Electrodeless Z-Pinch™ technology has excellent spatial stability, and stable repeatable power output.
            • Laser-Driven Light Sources

            • Energetiq has developed a revolutionary single-lightsource technology called the LDLS™ Laser-Driven Light Source that enables extreme highbrightness over a broad spectral range, from 170nm through visible and beyond.
            • Laser-Driven Tunable Light Sources

            • The Laser-Driven Tunable Light Source (LDTLS™) is a compact, fully integrated and highly stable tunable broadband light source based on proven Laser-Driven Light Source (LDLS™) technology.
          • Lasers

              • Semiconductor laser

                  • CW laser diodes (CWLD)

                  • These LDs are designed to be driven in continuous wave (CW). Output power is from mW to a few W.
                  • Pulsed laser diodes (PLD)

                  • These LDs feature high peak power under pulsed operation. Various types are available with different peak output power and emission widths. These LDs can be used for distance measurements such as laser radar, hazard monitoring in security applications, etc.
                  • Super luminescent diodes (SLD)

                  • SLDs combine the high brightness of laser diodes with the low coherence of LEDs. Suitable for optical applied measurements and medical imaging.
                  • Photonic crystal surface emitting laser diodes (PCSEL)

                  • A surface-emitting semiconductor laser with a photonic crystal structure. It features a circular, low-divergence beam pattern and a narrow spectral linewidth.
                  • Fiber output laser diodes

                  • Fiber-coupled laser diodes are built using high power laser diodes in compact, hermetically sealed packages.
                  • Quantum cascade lasers (QCL)

                  • Quantum cascade lasers are semiconductor lasers that offer peak emission in the mid-IR range (4 μm to 10 μm). These devices are an excellent light source for mid-IR applications, such as molecular gas analysis and absorption spectroscopy.
                  • High-power laser diode bar modules

                  • With their emitting areas arranged in line to make a linear array, LD bar modules achieve high performance, high output power, and high reliability when coupled with appropriate cooling devices.
                  • Direct diode lasers (DDL)

                  • DDL is a laser source that irradiates a focused laser beam from a high power LD module directly onto a target. It is suitable for various purposes such as welding, quenching, brazing, and annealing. The advantages of this laser diode are the small size and low consumption of electricity compared to conventional solid state lasers or CO2 lasers.
                • Applied products of semiconductor lasers

                    • LD heating light sources (LD-HEATER)

                    • Our compact, sophisticated spot-heater includes a temperature monitor, fiber-output semiconductor laser (LD) unit, and drive unit. Suitable for various types of optical heating processing jobs such as plastic welding, soldering, and annealing.
                    • LD irradiation light sources (SPOLD)

                    • LD irradiation light source (SPOLD) is the lightweight & compact spot laser light source suitable for mounting into equipment.
                    • SPOLD built-in process monitor

                    • The bult-in monitoring function allows “visualization” of laser processing that is deal for setting processing conditions and for checking reproducibility.
                  • Solid state lasers

                  • Solid state laser products developed by merging our optical design technology, optical thin film technology, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) and optical nanoscale technology and other cutting-edge technologies.
                        • Pulsed solid state lasers

                        • This pulsed solid state laser is suitable for industrial applications due to its excellent stability and maintainability.
                    • Featured products & technologies

                        • Immunochromato Reader C10066-60

                        • Here at Hamamatsu Photonics we have developed a new “Immunochromato Reader C10066-60” that gives precise readouts of fluorescence in immunochromatographic reagents. Its measurement sensitivity has been boosted more than 10 times higher than currently available products by applying our own advanced signal processing technology and optical design technology.

                          This new immunochromato reader (lateral flow reader) does high-sensitivity detection of reagent reactions occurring with antigens such as viruses and hormones or antibodies reacting with viruses, etc. It is a promising tool for streamlining R&D work on immunochromatographic reagents including those for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We start accepting product orders from domestic and overseas reagent manufacturers on October 1st (Thu), 2020. We will also be supplying this immunochromato reader as a commercially available OEM (original equipment manufacturer) product that matches the reagents produced by each manufacturer.

                        • High UV sensitivity and UV resistance

                        • The S15289-33 is a back-illuminated Si photodiode that combines the features of current UV photodiodes (highly UV-sensitive S1337 series and highly UV-resistant S12698 series) with a compact CSP (chip size package) structure.

                          It is suitable for applications such as monitoring of intense UV light sources because of its high sensitivity in the UV region and minimal degradation of sensitivity caused by UV radiation.

                          Compared to the current products, it is more compact, enabling it to be mounted in tight spaces and mounted on small and thin light monitoring devices.
                          In addition, multiple products can be tiled side by side due to the small dead space along the product's edges.

                          It can also be used for various analytical and optical measurement equipment.
                        • Specially designed to detect UV light (λ=266 nm)

                        • The S14124-20 is a Si APD with high sensitivity to 266 nm UV light.

                          In the semiconductor manufacturing process, defects that must be detected on wafers have become smaller due to the process geometry miniaturization of circuit patterns.
                          In order to improve accuracy for detecting such defects, short-wavelength light sources and detectors with high sensitivity to UV light are used in optical-based semiconductor inspection equipment.

                          Hamamatsu’s new product, the S14124-20, offers a high quantum efficiency of 87% for 266 nm light, which is the fourth harmonic of YAG lasers used as light sources for semiconductor inspection equipment.
                          This product can be used as a detector for semiconductor inspection equipment, laser processing equipment, and photomask defect inspection equipment.
                        • Si photodiode with bandpass filter S12742 series

                        • The S12742 series uses an interference filter for its window and is sensitive only to monochromatic light.
                          The series consists of three types with different center sensitivity wavelengths: 220 nm, 254 nm, and 275 nm.
                          The spectral response half width (FWHM) is extremely narrow at 10 nm (typical), allowing accurate photometry with little stray light.
                          The S12742 series can be customized to support other peak sensitivity wavelengths such as 340 nm and 560 nm.
                          It can be used for water quality analysis, atmospheric analysis, and UV monitoring of mercury lamps.
                        • 3D TOF sensors

                        • 3D TOF sensors contribute to touchless machinery operation and labor-saving autonomous robots

                          Touchless operation of machinery for hygiene management, measurement tools for ensuring social distance, and labor-saving autonomous robots are becoming more common in everyday life. This trend has attracted attention to the sensor technology that makes such technologies possible.

                          The distance image sensor is designed to measure the distance to an object by an indirect TOF (time-of-flight) method. It can be used for people/object detection and shape recognition in various situations requiring touchless (non-contact) or labor-saving technology.

                          We have recently added three back-thinned sensors (64 pixels, 256 pixels, and 96 × 72 pixels) to our lineup.

                          We plan to further expand our sensor lineup and release module products that integrate a light source (pulsed laser diode), optical system, and integrated circuits (ASIC).

                        • ORCA-Fusion BT sCMOS camera.

                        • The true beauty of the ORCA-Fusion BT is what the combination of exceptional photon detection and collection can do for you. See the dimmest whisper of signal, acquire visually stunning, high signal-to-noise images from the fewest photons, capture previously unresolved temporal events, and perform computational methods with confidence.
                          The ORCA-Fusion BT is consciously designed from the ground up for the most challenging imaging experiments, but it will also excel in any application that requires the combination of uniformity, high quantum efficiency, and high signal-to-noise ratio.
                        • Offering world class UV sensitivity and UV resistance

                        • A new type of image sensor combining TDI-CCD and CMOS readout circuits
                          TDI-CCD image sensors S14810/S14813

                          Hamamatsu has developed an image sensor that combines the advantages of TDI-CCD, which can ensure adequate brightness for images even during high-speed imaging, with the merits of a CMOS readout circuit for high-speed line rate and digital output.

                          While conventional TDI-CCD image sensors are capable of high sensitivity, high speed imaging, the fact that they use analog output makes it necessary for the customer to add a signal processing circuit. Our newly developed S14810 and S14813 use a CMOS readout circuit for digital output, simplifying design of external circuits and making the products easier to use.

                          We also offer custom designs, such as increasing the number of TDI-CCD pixels, or increasing the number of columns for column parallel readout in order to improve the line rate.

                        • Application examples of compact spectrometers

                        • Hamamatsu has released videos of various spectrum measurements using “compact spectrometers (mini-spectrometer, MEMS-FPI spectrum sensor, spectroscopy module)”.
                          You can see examples of measurement such as food ingredient analysis (fat content, sugar content, etc.) and clothing fabric identification.
                        • Pinhole inspection unit

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a new pinhole inspection unit that quickly finds tiny pinhole defects in sheet workpieces down to a diameter of only 1 micron.

                          By making use of a photomultiplier tube with a large photosensitive area and a noise-suppression signal processing technique, Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a new pinhole inspection unit, the model C15477 that quickly finds pinhole defects as small as 1 micron (millionth of a meter or μm hereafter) in diameter in sheet workpieces. This new product can detect tiny pinhole defects only a quarter of the size of pinholes detectable up to now, and so will improve inspection accuracy for tasks such as inspecting pinhole defects in fuel cell separators for fuel cell vehicles and aluminum laminate films for pouch rechargeable batteries. This product is available as a set with a light source unit and a light collector unit optimized for inspecting pinhole defects in sheet workpieces such as large thin metal sheets measuring 480 mm wide by 180 mm deep. Sales begin Monday, March 2nd, 2020 chiefly for domestic and overseas automotive-related manufacturers.

                        • Palm-sized FTIR engine

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics has developed a palm-sized FTIR engine capable of highly sensitive detection of near-infrared light at wavelengths ranging from 1.1 to 2.5 micrometers.

                          By applying our own unique microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, we have successfully developed a palm-sized “Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) engine C15511-01” offering high sensitivity to near-infrared light at wavelengths from 1.1 to 2.5 micrometers (abbreviated to μm: μ is one millionth). This FT-IR engine will assist in creating portable handheld FTIR spectrophotometers for analytical applications including real-time monitoring of chemicals on production lines and ingredient analysis of agricultural products in the field. We start accepting product orders from domestic and overseas analytical instrument manufacturers from Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

                          This FTIR engine will be on display at the exhibition running in parallel to the International Conference “SPIE Photonics West 2020” held in San Francisco, California, United States, for 3 days from February 4th (Tue) to 6th (Thu).

                        • New InGaAs line scan camera for inline SWIR inspection

                        • SWIR (short-wavelength infrared) imaging is a great solution for nondestructive inspection. It sees under the surface, differentiates materials based on their SWIR spectral signatures, and offers a safe and convenient way to ensure product quality. Example applications include checking liquid volumes in packages, inspecting contents of sealed containers, and detecting damages and contaminants in agricultural products. In addition, applications in the semiconductor industry include Si wafer pattern inspection and solar cell defect detection.

                          Integrating SWIR imaging into production lines requires fast line rate, high-sensitivity cameras such as the new C15333-10E InGaAs line scan camera from Hamamatsu.

                          Released on November 1, the C15333-10E InGaAs line scan camera joins Hamamatsu’s long-established product line of SWIR and NIR (near-infrared) imaging technologies, which include InGaAs area cameras for high-quality inspection. This new camera is ideal for real-time, inline nondestructive inspection using SWIR imaging, and has the following features:

                          • High SWIR sensitivity
                          • Fast line rate
                          • 1024-pixel linear array
                          • GigE Vision
                        • Compact, high performance Electromagnetically driven MEMS mirror for two-dimensional laser scanning S13989-01H

                        • The S13989-01H is an electromagnetically driven MEMS mirror produced by applying Hamamatsu unique MEMS*1 technology. Two-axis operation (X-axis and Y-axis operation) enables two-dimensional scanning (raster scanning)*2 using reflections of laser light or the like.

                          Typically, electromagnetic mirrors have a configuration in which magnets are placed around the mirror chip. However, our MEMS mirrors have powerful compact magnets placed under the mirror chip. Even though they are compact, they achieve a wide optical deflection angle (fast axis: ±20°, slow axis: ±12°).
                          They also feature high reliability with a hermetically sealed package, low voltage drive, and linear operation*3 that allows the optical deflection angle to be set arbitrarily.

                          They can be applied to various scanning mechanisms for obtaining 2D or 3D information. Some applications include shape recognition using machine vision, laser ranging, obstacle detection for automated guided vehicles and the like, and laser scanning microscopes.

                          *1: Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
                          *2: A scanning method that composes a two-dimensional image. First, a line is obtained by one-dimensional scanning, and then the line is scanned in the perpendicular direction to compose an image.
                          *3: Slow axis
                        • Near-infrared SC (supercontinuum) light source

                        • Hamamatsu’s near-infrared SC light source is a compact laser light source with a broad spectrum and laser characteristics such as high coherence and brightness.
                          It uses a broad spectrum laser that is generated by non-linear optical phenomenon with an ultrashort pulsed laser.
                        • new micro PMT encapsulated in a plastic package

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics introduces a new micro PMT encapsulated in a plastic package ideal for downsizing medical diagnostic devices and environmental analyzers.

                          Hamamatsu Photonics now offers a new micro PMT “R12900U” housing the world’s smallest photomultiplier tube in a miniature plastic package designed to easily mount on electronic circuit boards. Installing this new micro PMT to serve as a photodetector means environmental analyzers, portable medical diagnostic devices and so on can now be drastically downsized for convenient use anywhere needed including patient bedsides.

                        • Opto-semiconductor that detects mid-infrared light to a wavelength of 14.3 µm

                        • Hamamatsu is the first in the world to succeed in mass-producing a compound opto-semiconductor that detects mid-infrared light to a wavelength of 14.3 μm without using hazardous substances restricted under the RoHS directive.

                          By utilizing compound opto-semiconductor manufacturing technology developed in-house over many years, we are the first in the world to succeed in mass-producing a compound opto-semiconductor (Type-II superlattice infrared detector)* not containing harmful mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd) but able to detect mid-infrared light to a wavelength of 14.3 micrometers (a micrometer, abbreviated μm, is one millionth of a meter). Mercury and cadmium are common materials used for mid-infrared detectors but are restricted substances under the RoHS directive issued by EU that prohibits use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products sold in the EU market. So our new product will likely replace currently available mid-infrared detectors that contain restricted substances. Our new product will prove ideal for analytical instruments that rely on mid-infrared light to identify substances contained in the air, foods, and drugs. 

                        • 3D fluorescence scanning method called "Zyncscan™"

                        • Hamamatsu has developed a novel 3D fluorescence scanning method called "Zyncscan™" with a light-sheet for cell-based fluorescence assays in microplates

                          Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has developed a novel 3D fluorescence scanning method called "Zyncscan™" that performs x-z plane scans using a light-sheet for cell-based fluorescence assays in microplates. This technology provides an x-z plane scan using a light-sheet for a whole 96/384/1536-well microplate, allowing users to obtain 3D fluorescence images of whole wells in xy: 2–3 μm and z: 6–7 μm voxel resolution for ≤ 300 μm thickness from the well bottom within a few minutes per color. This technology also allows for ultra-high level separation of cell fluorescence signals from the background, which makes it possible to obtain cell fluorescence images in the cell culture mediums containing serum and with fluorescent dyes (i.e., no need to wash out fluorescent dyes).

                        • InGaAs area image sensor for hyperspectral cameras

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics has developed an InGaAs area image sensor for hyperspectral cameras capable of detecting short-wavelength-infrared light up to 2.55 µm which is the world’s longest wavelength detectable by this type of area image sensor.

                          By applying compound opto-semiconductor manufacturing technology fostered in-house over many years, we designed and developed a new area image sensor G14674-0808W made of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) capable of detecting short-wavelength-infrared light up to 2.55 µm which is the world’s longest wavelength detectable by this type of area image sensor. Installing this new InGaAs image sensor into hyperspectral cameras for plastic recycling will boost the plastic recycling rate since hyperspectral cameras can screen and sort plastics containing flame-retardant resin to separate them out from other plastics, which has been extremely difficult up till now. 

                        • Near infrared enhanced Si APD suitable for LiDAR

                        • We are pleased to introduce our new S14643/S14644/S14645 series, NIR enhanced Si APD detectors designed for LiDAR and industrial equipment.
                          A previous limitation with Silicon based APD’s was the variation in breakdown voltage between individual parts. This has been resolved with our new series which reduces the variation of part to part from approximately ±50 V, down to ±20 V or less.
                          Other very important improvements include a reduction in noise causing dark current of less than half. Additionally the operating temperature range has been expanded.
                          All of these characteristics have been improved without changing the shape or size from previous products (S10341 series, S12427 series, and S12926 series), which means no product redesign.
                        • World’s tiniest grating spectrometer

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics has newly developed the world’s tiniest grating spectrometer offering high sensitivity, compact size, light weight and low cost.

                          Hamamatsu Photonics has newly developed the world’s smallest (in-house survey), grating spectrometer “SMD series mini-spectrometer C14384MA” offering high near-infrared sensitivity, compact size, light weight and low cost. Our C14384MA has a cubic size of about 1/40th, and weight of about 1/30th that of our MS series mini-spectrometers with sensitivity in the same near-infrared range, yet the sensitivity is about 50 times higher. This makes the C14384MA ideal for applications where real-time on-site measurement is required such as quality inspections of food or agricultural crops and even environmental analysis from a quadcopters or drones.

                        • Si photodiode S12915 Series

                        • We have released the Si photodiode S12915 series for general photometry in the visible range to the infrared region.
                          The price, shape and pin layout are the same as the widely used S2387 series. We improved on its characteristics and achieved high sensitivity, low dark current and high moisture resistance.
                          We recommend the S12915 series for customers who have previously used the S2387 series. 
                        • Enabling real-time spectroscopic measurements

                        • Enabling real-time spectroscopic measurements at the workplace and at home Ultra-compact spectrum sensor

                          A new product has been added to the MEMS-FPI*spectrum sensor lineup of ultra-compact near infrared spectrum sensors.
                          The new C14273 sensor has more sensitivity in the long-wavelength band than the 2 current types. The spectral response range is between 1.75 and 2.15 μm.

                        • Ionization-assisting substrates

                        • Hamamatsu Photonics has newly developed ionization-assisting substrates that will drastically reduce the pretreatment time in imaging mass spectrometry.

                          Hamamatsu Photonics has newly developed ionization-assisting substrates called the DIUTHAME series. DIUTHAME is an acronym for Desorption Ionization Using Through Hole Alumina MEmbrane that utilize porous alumina to drastically reduce the pretreatment time needed for ionizing a sample or analyte to be analyzed by imaging mass spectrometry. To complete sample-pretreatment for mass spectrometry, all one has to do is place the DIUTHAME substrate on the sample. This shortens the pretreatment time to about one tenth that of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization or MALDI which is a mainstream ionization technique for mass spectrometry. DIUTHAME is also usable for measurement with existing MALDI-TOF-MS.

                        • High-speed readout 100 kline/s max.

                        • High-speed readout 100 kline/s max.
                          CMOS linear image sensor for industrial camera S13774

                          The S13774 is a CMOS linear image sensor developed for industrial cameras that require high-speed scanning. The column-parallel readout system, which has a readout amplifier and an A/D converter for each pixel, allows high-speed readout. For the A/D converter resolution, either 10-bit (high-speed mode: 100 klines/s max.) or 12-bit (low-speed mode: 25 klines/s max.) can be selected. Image data is output serially in 180 MHz LVDS format.

                        • Compact and low cost 1D InGaAs image sensor,

                        • Compact and low cost 1D InGaAs image sensor, allowing installation in a portable equipment

                          Hamamatsu has developed the low cost 1D InGaAs image sensor G13913 series by employing a small size LCC (Leadless Chip-Carrier) package. 1D InGAs image sensors have been used widely for near infrared spectroscopy. There is growing demand on a sensor for downsizing and current consumption reduction.

                          A back-illuminated structure InGaAs array chip of 128 ch or 256 ch is adopted to the G13913 series, realizing both small size and low cost. Unlike a conventional 1D InGaAs image sensor mainly for a large size instrument, the new features of the G13913 series will make installation in a portable equipment possible.

                        • Low-cost setup developed for C12880MA micro-spectrometer

                        • Researchers at Food + Future CoLab — a collaboration among Target, design firm Ideo, and the MIT Media Lab — created an extremely inexpensive "fit for purpose" spectroscopy system with the C12880MA micro-spectrometer. This was done by using open source software to integrate the C12880MA with a low-cost Arduino microcontroller, and also by selecting inexpensive options for their sample container and light source. These components are housed in an enclosure that was fabricated with a 3D printer.