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Hamamatsu Photonics UK Limited Profile
Hamamatsu Photonics is a world-leading manufacturer of optoelectronic components and systems and employs over 4000 staff worldwide. The corporate headquarters are based in Hamamatsu City, Japan, along with six manufacturing plants and central research laboratories. Since its inception in 1953, Hamamatsu Photonics has expanded to now enjoy a global presence throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Hamamatsu Photonics’ corporate philosophy stresses the advancement of Photonics through extensive research and development. Hundreds of new opto-electronic products are introduced to the market each year and many Hamamatsu products are regarded as state-of-the-art. Hamamatsu sources, detectors and imaging products are designed to cover the entire optical spectrum, from nuclear radiation, x-ray, Ultraviolet (UV), Visible and Infrared radiation. Hamamatsu devices provide solutions for a wide variety of applications including analytical, industrial and medical instrumentation.
Hamamatsu today has four separate product divisions with separate central research facilities:
Electron Tube Division (ETD)
Electron Tube is the founding group of Hamamatsu Photonics, originally developing image pick-up tubes and phototubes more than fifty years ago. Today the ETD division manufactures a wide range of products. In particular, Hamamatsu supplies well over 50 % of all of the Photomultiplier Tubes (PMTs) used worldwide today.
Solid State Division (SSD)
Hamamatsu has produced semi-conductor light sensors for over fifty years and has pioneered the development of many new devices. Today SSD supplies a wide range of products, including semi-conductor optical detectors, sensors, imaging products, modules and light sources.
Systems Division focuses upon implementation of Hamamatsu’s optical knowledge and expertise to produce complete cameras and imaging systems. Product lines include high sensitivity digital cameras, including the “ORCA” brand name camera that is widely used in life science and bioscience arenas for fluorescence imaging, microscopy, luminescence, and other scientific applications.
The newest division of Hamamatsu, Laser Group specialises in production of high power semi-conductor lasers and laser diode bars. Products include pulsed lasers for range finding and speed measurement, laser diode arrays for high speed digital laser printers and laser diode bars for materials processing, cutting, welding and engraving among others.