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An active industry association that foster a dynamic photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement.


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Executive Forum

Photonics innovations in climate observation: A view from Europe

European photonics companies and organizations are contributing to the evolving technologies that provide invaluable insights into environmental science. Here's an overview.
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Software & Accessories

Simulation and modeling for quantum photonics

Ivan Nikitski, EPIC’s Photonics Technology program manager, talks to Mirella Koleva, CEO and cofounder of Quantopticon, makers of simulation software to streamline the design ...
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Clean room manufacturing at TRUMPF.
Executive Forum

Building a bridge between the industrial and consumer markets

In this interview, EPIC’s Antonio Castelo talks to Berthold Schmidt, CEO of TRUMPF Photonic Components.
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FIGURE 4. The NIREOS HERA Extended SWIR-3 camera (900-2300 nm).
Detectors & Imaging

Hyperspectral imaging’s potential for transforming the imaging field

In this article, we explore hyperspectral-imaging-based products being developed by European companies.
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Inspecting a piece of thin glass cut with a laser.
Laser Processing

Keeping laser surface processing business scalable

Antonio Castelo, EPIC’s Technology Manager for Bio-Medical and Lasers talks to Joerg Jetter, CEO of 4JET, a German developer of laser systems for cleaning, patterning, marking...
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Bio&Life Sciences

Mechatronic assemblies and systems maker expands in biomedical

Antonio Raspa, EPIC’s senior photonics program manager, talks to Martin Hovestadt, CEO of Jüke Systemtechnik, a service provider for system development, production, and regulatory...
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FIGURE 1. Quandela’s stand-alone single-photon source.

Integrated photonics for quantum applications

Integrated quantum photonics offers a paradigm shift for quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum sensing.
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Packaging technology for datacom moves toward commercialization

Ivan Nikitski, EPIC’s photonics technology manager, talks to Oded Raz, cofounder of PhotonX Networks, a Technical University of Eindhoven spinoff that aims to commercialize packaging...
Installation of optical sensors with HBK FiberSensing’s portable interrogator.
Fiber Optics

Fiber-optic sensing tech strives to move beyond the niche

Luís Ferreira, director of optical business at HBK FiberSensing, discusses his storied career with EPIC’s Antonio Raspa.
FIGURE 1. Early detection of diseases in vineyards using the SILIOS CMS4-V multispectral camera.
Detectors & Imaging

Photonics applications emerge for agriculture

Optical components are helping to detect plant diseases, treat pests, collect data, and protect wildlife from heavy machinery use—as farmers shift to science-based procedures ...

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FIGURE 1. Top-down scanning-electron microscopy image of Metalenz' meta-optic chip.

The metalens revolution is well underway

The evolution of metalens technologies shows its promise for optical, imaging, and display systems, and now fabrication within the same plants as computer chips may help speed...
Jan Mink, CEO of VTEC Lasers and Sensors.
Executive Forum

Photonics and data integration blend for customized systems

In this interview, Carlos Lee, EPIC’s Director General, talks to Jan Mink, CEO of VTEC Lasers and Sensors, which specializes in photonics and data integration for customized systems...
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FIGURE 1. The core technology of laser therapy devices is based on diode lasers, as they provide unique levels of power and wavelength scalability that combine to support a very wide range of medical applications.
Bio&Life Sciences

Laser therapy for pain relief: current and future trends

An increasing demand for noninvasive laser devices to treat chronic pain is prompting strong market growth, and a boost in the development of innovative technology.
PAWS, an integrated photonics spectrograph on-a-chip prototype during integration with a cryogenically cooled Teledyne H2RG infrared array in the innoFSPEC lab. The arrayed waveguide grating (inset) delivers a spectral resolution of R=15.000 in the astronomical H band (1.55 µm) with unprecedented efficiency. The chip was designed at innoFSPEC and manufactured by Enablence (U.S.). Innovative spectrographs of this kind for future space missions hold the promise of significant savings in mass and volume, when comparing, e.g., with the 196 kg heavy NIRSpec instrument onboard of James Webb Space Telescope.
Science & Research

Astrophotonics moves to real-world applications

In this interview, Carlos Lee, EPIC’s director general, talks to Professor Martin Roth, professor of astrophotonics and astronomical instrumentation at the University of Potsdam...
In the last 10 years, Hilger Crystals has focused on meeting demands for higher resolution detectors, spectrometers, and x-ray imagers by developing smaller and more accurate crystals.

Crystal growth meets emerging needs—An interview with Jim Telfer

Carlos Lee of EPIC talks to Jim Telfer of Hilger Crystals, a company specializing in the production of high-quality, commercial-grade synthetic optical crystals used in infrared...
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FIGURE 1. Photonic assembly of the 12-mode universal quantum photonic processor. The photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is optically and electrically interfaced—featuring more than 150 tuning elements for full programmability.

Scaling up quantum processors

Current quantum devices hold tens of qubits, but a future universal quantum computer will require millions to billions of qubits.
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Executive Forum

Nanoimprinting gains momentum—An interview with Badre Kerzabi

In this interview, Carlos Lee, EPIC’s Director General, talks to Badre Kerzabi, co-founder and CEO of SOLNIL, a startup developing techniques for nanoimprinting on sol-gel materials...
FIGURE 1. The final result of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Tiny Landscape” after different stages of cleaning are shown in the side sequence (Milan, Castello Sforzesco, Sala delle Asse, southwest wall; courtesy of the Municipality of Milan/Ranzani 2015 and 2019).
Industrial Laser Solutions

Laser cleaning offers versatility for broad range of applications

Laser cleaning is a technology increasingly used for a variety of applications, including welding pre- and post-treatments, coating removal, and decontamination.
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Executive Forum

Collaborative innovation reaps rewards for ficonTEC

ficonTEC CEO Torsten Vahrenkamp recognized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium.
FIGURE 1. Main molecular structure with vibration and rotation in the 2–12 μm spectrum.
Lasers & Sources

Looking to the future of quantum cascade lasers

Due to the characteristically narrow linewidth of a quantum cascade laser (QCL), related applications focus mainly on chemical sensing. In the long term, however, telecommunications...
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PhotonicsNXT Fall Summit: Every photon counts

We’re pleased to invite you to attend the PhotonicsNXT Fall Summit, set to take place online October 28, 2021.
Founders and co-CEOs of Refined Laser Systems, Maximilian Brinkmann (left) and Tim Hellwig (right).
Lasers & Sources

Pioneering a path in tunable lasers—An interview with Tim Hellwig and Maximilian Brinkmann

Tunable fiber laser system provides new imaging capabilities for the biomedical field, initially for coherent Raman microscopy applications.
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Executive Forum

EPIC and IEEE Photonics Society form partnership

The two photonics associations have entered into a multiyear agreement to promote joint activities, cross-disciplinary technical dissemination, and cooperative programs between...
Berthold Schmidt, CEO of TRUMPF Photonic Components, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC. (Credit: Trumpf)
Executive Forum

Trumpf’s Berthold Schmidt joins EPIC Board

Berthold Schmidt, CEO of TRUMPF Photonic Components, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC.
A five-mile run in the morning before a workshop was one of EPIC’s community-building recipes.

Engaging with the photonics community

The European Photonic Industry Consortium (EPIC) is growing rapidly and fostering the photonics industry community in Europe and beyond.
LAMpAS project
Shown is a laser-machined metal surface with self-cleaning properties. The peak-to-peak distance between the individual structural elements is approximately 10 microns.
Lasers & Sources

Ultrafast lasers and scanners to create bioinspired surfaces in LAMpAS project

The goal is to to bring the functionalization of laser surfaces to the mass-manufacturing level.
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Keeping photonics on the European agenda

Three Nobel laureates, as well as major European photonics associations, are lobbying to keep photonics in the EU's next budget.
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Three ingredients for successful photonics community engagement

The European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC shows best practice for engaging with people in a workshop.
A tour of Erasmus University Medical Center departments reminded members of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) that when designing medical photonic devices, it is important to gain direct insight in the working circumstances of medical professionals.

ONCOLOGY/SURGICAL GUIDANCE: Photonics answers important questions in surgical guidance

Can we reduce cancer recurrences with tools to enable more precise surgical resection? That was the major question of a workshop, organized by the European Photonics Industry ...

BIOPHOTONICS/MARKET ANALYSIS: The four segments of biophotonics market growth

Future growth of biophotonics comprises the differing performance of four distinct market segments. And while the past doesn't predict the future, it does provide clues about ...
FIGURE 1. Key biophotonics markets.

BIO-OPTICS/BIOPHOTONICS: Technologies set to meet needs: Workshop highlights biophotonics opportunities

The EPIC Workshop on Biophotonics aimed to determine both opportunities and challenges for biophotonics business development for the next five years.