17 October 2019 / 15:00 - 17:00
EPIC Meeting on VCSELs Technology and Applications
SONY - Stuttgart, Germany

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Due to their stability, small size, temperature stability, simplicity and low cost of manufacturing and testing, VCSELs are becoming the dominant light source technology in volume applications. With the arrival of VCSELs to consumer markets the new era of semiconductor laser applications has arrived: we can find now VCSELs in smartphones, laptops, drones, robots, and cars enabling new functionalities such as: proximity sensing; high resolution (4K or Retina resolutions), fast frame-rate, and 3D video; remote powering of sensors optically (while simultaneously transmitting data); LIDAR, illumination, night vision, aerospace, and line-of-sight communication links, using high power VCSELs arrays; chip scale atomic clocks (CSAC); indoor positioning systems; and many more.

The EPIC Meeting on VCSELs Technology and Applications brought together companies driving the abovementioned applications together with the full value chain of VCSELs including: OEMs, integrators, device manufacturers, epi houses, foundries, equipment and material suppliers.

Opening & Welcome address

Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium – PDFvideo

Klaus Zimmermann, General Manager, Technology Partnerships EU, Sony – PDFvideo

Opening Keynote – VCSEL and edge-emitting laser technology at Sony
Osamu Maeda, Sr. Product Manager, Sony Semiconductor Solutions (JAPAN)

  • 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm
Session 1: Setting up the Scene

KEYNOTE: Technology enhancements and new applications for VCSELs
Mary Hibbs-Brenner, CEO, Osram, Vixar Subsidiary (USA) – PDF

KEYNOTE: Best practice for VCSEL ToF systems and model driven design
Krzysztof Szczerba, Sr. Staff Engineer, Finisar (USA)

KEYNOTE: Forthright scrutiny of the VCSEL business: opportunities & obstacles
Mark Lutkowitz, Principal, fibeReality (USA) – PDFvideo

CSEL arrays form 5G optical wireless mesh network backhaul
Jim Lott, Co-Founder, Optipulse (USA) – PDFvideo

Session 2: VCSEL Manufacturers perspective and supply chain (testing, assembly…)

Long wavelength VCSELs and VCSEL arrays for advanced applications in sensing and optical communications
Christian Neumeyr, CEO, Vertilas (GERMANY) – PDFvideo

Progress in non-polar and semi-polar GaN VCSELs
Tal Margalith, Executive Director of Technology, SSLEEC, UC Santa Barbara (USA) – PDFvideo

Metrology for MOCVD of VCSELs – latest progress for enabling high-yield manufacturing
Christian Kaspari, Senior Engineer Concept Development, Laytec (GERMANY) –PDFvideo

A comprehensive 3D VCSEL simulator environment
Dominic Gallagher, CEO, Photon Design (UNITED KINGDOM)

VCSEL device and system design for manufacturing
Twan Korthorst, Director R&D, Synopsys (THE NETHERLANDS) – PDFvideo

Modelling optical properties & gain spectra of VCSEL devices
Geoffrey Duggan, EMEA Regional Manager, Lumerical (UNITED KINGDOM) – PDFvideo

Successfully combining VCSELs with silicon – a PhotonX Networks perspective
Oded Raz, Co-Founder, PhotonX Networks (The Netherlands) – PDFvideo

VCSEL ageing and packaging
Martin Zoldak, Argotech (Czech Republic) – PDFvideo

Burn-in and life test of optoelectronic devices
Declan McCaughley, Technical Concepts Engineer, Yelo (UNITED KINGDOM) – PDFvideo

Session 3: New developments for existing applications (ToF, faceID, LIDAR, optical comms,…)
VCSEL – a market fueled by smartphone applications. But not only…
Pierrick Boulay, Market & Technology Analyst, Yole Development (FRANCE) – PDFvideo

KEYNOTE: VCSEL – driven ToF applications and its market trend
Andy Seo, Sr. Product Line Manager, Lumentum (USA) –PDF

KEYNOTE: High power VCSELs for 3D cameras
Julien Boucart, Sr. Product Manager, II-VI Laser Enterprise (SWITZERLAND) – PDFvideo

About a VCSEL: core component of a LiDAR sensor family
Eckart Gerster, Quality and Reliability Manager, SICK (GERMANY) –PDF

High power VCSELs for non-hermetic time-of-flight modules
Gunther Steinle, System Engineer and Project Manager, Avago Technologies-Broadcom (GERMANY) – PDFvideo

About a VCSEL: core component of a LiDAR sensor family
Eckart Gerster, Quality and Reliability Manager, SICK (GERMANY) –PDF

Thermoplastic innovations for optical element
Bernd Grammer, New Business Development Manager, SABIC Innovative Plastics (GERMANY) – PDFvideo

Session 4: Upcoming applications (atomic clocks, high power pump lasers, smart pixel displays, lighting…)

KEYNOTE: Applications for broadly tunable MEMS-VCSELs
Peter Heim, CTO & General Manager, Thorlabs Quantum Electronics (USA) –PDF

Sony’s blue and green VCSELs for future applications
Tatsushi Hamaguchi, Senior Scientist, Sony (JAPAN) –PDF

13xx nm GaAs-based VCSEL arrays for sensing applications
Sabeur Siala, VP R&D & Engineering, Array Photonics (USA)

VCSEL in automotive 4D solid-state LiDAR application
Friederieke Gorris, VCSEL Technology Expert, Ibeo Automotive Systems (GERMANY) – PDFvideo

VCSEL miniature packages from implants to space
Stefan Mohrdiek, Head of Packaging & Optics, CSEM (SWITZERLAND) – PDFvideo

High precision 3D printing (HP3DP) – freeform optics for VCSEL applications
Benedikt Stender, CTO, Multiphoton Optics (GERMANY) –PDF


It was my first meeting with EPIC and I now understand the value for my and other organizations in being an EPIC member. I was very pleased with the accommodation, attendees, talks, and discussions and found it very informative and fruitful and I will definitely further exchange with some companies on this topic. I am looking forward to upcoming events in the future.

Andreas Zuck
Market Development Manager at Coherent

“It’s great to see how innovative and effective EPIC has been in rising to the challenge of COVID-19. I’m proud to be a member of EPIC!”

Roy McBride
Managing Director at Power Photonic
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