Infrared / IR
Revolutionising light source technology with enhanced spectral capabilities
Dec 08 2023
Chromatiq Spectral Engine™ with extended wavelength range
Hamamatsu Photonics is pleased to unveil the cutting-edge Chromatiq Spectral Engine™ (CSE), a ground-breaking product developed by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Energetiq Technology. This innovative light source manufacturer introduces a remarkable extension into near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, enhancing its capabilities.
Originally introduced in 2021 and honoured with the prestigious Laser Focus World Innovator’s Award, the CSE addresses a critical challenge in light sensing and colour measurement applications. It excels at generating light with highly specific spectral content, replicating real-world lighting conditions and custom spectra to meet calibration and testing needs.
Laser-driven light source
What sets the CSE apart is its exceptional spectral resolution, made possible by Energetiq’s Laser-Driven Light Source (LDLS®) technology. LDLS, a plasma-based broadband light source, is renowned for its outstanding spectral radiance, stability, long lifetime, and broad wavelength range.
Rapid spectrum switching
The CSE not only surpasses comparable sources in resolution but also boasts a rapid switching speed of <10 ms between programmed spectra. The extended NIR wavelength range covers the full active range of silicon-based detectors, from 380 nm to 1,100 nm, ensuring precise alignment between the light source and detector.
Key features and functionalities that distinguish the CSE include:
- Realistic spectrum matching: Ensuring accurate simulation of real-world lighting conditions
- Laser-driven light source technology: Built on LDLS technology for unmatched performance
- Custom spectrum generation: Offering multi-peak, flat top, ramp top, and narrow peaks, as well as dimming capabilities
- Production-optimised switching speed: Facilitating fast switching for efficiency in production environments
The CSE caters to a diverse audience, including manufacturers of colour sensors, spectrometers, and image sensors, as well as those integrating these optical sensing technologies into finished products. Applications span from consumer electronics and advanced driver assistance systems to evolving needs in the aerospace industry.
Debbie Gustafson, CEO of Energetiq, emphasised: “Customers can expect improved levels of reliability and efficiency from seamlessly integrating the CSE into multiple stages of their production processes. The CSE provides the accurate and repeatable data necessary to support cutting-edge product innovation across multiple industries.”
This launch marks a significant stride in Energetiq Technology's dedication to innovation, driving the evolution of light source technology.
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