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  • Toptica to Support Life Sciences Laser Miniaturization Project

Photonics.com
Apr 2016
MUNICH, Germany, April 25, 2016 — Toptica Photonics AG said it will provide semiconductor laser sources and integration services to PIX4life, a pilot line focused on the development of a compact, fully integrated photonics device to replace the bulky and expensive optical systems that currently dominate the life sciences sector.

A photonics integrated circuit.
A photonics integrated circuit. Courtesy of Toptica.


Based on newly developed production technology for CMOS- compatible SiN photonics integrated circuits (PIC), the device will enable advanced biophotonics techniques like optical coherence tomography or multilaser engines on-a-chip for microscopy and cytometry.

Toptica said it will provide the required semiconductor laser sources at 405, 488, 561 and 640 nm, and integrate the optical subcomponents into prototypes for microscopy and cytometry.

PIX4life is funded by the European Union’s Photonics21 program, which has pledged €8.5 million (about $9.6 million) to a consortium of academic and industry partners.

Toptica develops, manufactures, services and distributes technology-leading diode and fiber lasers and laser systems for scientific and industrial applications.



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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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