Laser Focus World 2021 Rising Stars Awards: Dominik Schulten

Aug. 3, 2021
In this ninth showcase, we highlight Dominik Schulten, director of business development at Vixar.

As director of Business Development at Vixar, an ams OSRAM company, Dominik Schulten has already made a major impact on his company and the laser industry. He has received eight patents for new innovations, and is a leading developer of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology, a relatively new technology that combines the high-power density and simple packaging of an infrared LED with the spectral width and speed of a laser.

Schulten was instrumental in launching the highly efficient PowerBoost multijunction 550-aperture VCSEL. This technology, which improves power conversion efficiency and enhances optical power, was a finalist in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. He also spearheaded efforts to build 905 nm VCSEL chips to offer better solutions for automotive customers and expand the overall market for VCSEL technology.

Additionally, Schulten assisted in development of a new omnidirectional sensor that uses a VCSEL array—the groundbreaking product reduces the number of sensors required for object detection and collision avoidance in robotics, autonomous vehicles, and drone platforms.

He is lauded for his commitment to growing the VCSEL market, as well as his cooperative leadership style that leads his team to achieve their highest performance while also enjoying their work.


About the Author

Justine Murphy | Senior Editor

Justine Murphy is a multiple award-winning writer and editor with more 20 years of experience in newspaper publishing as well as public relations, marketing, and communications. For nearly 10 years, she has covered all facets of the optics and photonics industry as an editor, writer, web news anchor, and podcast host for an internationally reaching magazine publishing company. Her work has earned accolades from the New England Press Association as well as the SIIA/Jesse H. Neal Awards. She received a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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