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Monday February 3, 2020

Registration and Continental Breakfast
John Lewis
John Lewis
Editor in Chief
Laser Focus World
Welcome and Introduction
8:10am - 8:45am
Akira Hiruma
Akira Hiruma
President and CEO
Hamamatsu Photonics
Photonics for the future: New components, new opportunities

Photonics components are continually enabling new applications and markets. Creating these devices, manufacturing them, and then helping to integrate them into a variety of systems ensures that photonics remains a key technology for the future. Akira Hiruma, President and CEO of Hamamatsu Photonics, will describe the role that photonics plays in advancing applications in fields as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and science. He will also discuss how Hamamatsu positions itself within the photonics ecosystem, the need to balance R&D and traditional manufacturing, and why the most important avenue of growth for photonics lies in widening the number of applications through entrepreneurial thinking.
8:45am - 10:00am
Allen Nogee
Allen Nogee
Laser Analyst
Strategies Unlimited
Global laser markets: Insights and forecasts
Conversation with Editor in Chief John Lewis

2019 has been a year of tariffs and turmoil, but it has not been as bad a year as feared for many segments of the laser industry. Helping us understand the many economic and technology currents impacting our industry, Allen Nogee will again present the macroeconomic forces at work, supplier trends, and technology developments in the worldwide laser markets. His talk will provide a global market review and forecast of laser revenues by product and application, including industrial lasers and applications, communications, lithography, defense and security, sensing, additive manufacturing, and medical, and he will look ahead with insights gained from his research in specific market niches. Editor in Chief John Lewis will join Allen for an onstage discussion and Q&A session following his presentation.
10:00am - 10:30am
10:30am - 11:10am
Jennifer Douris O'Bryan
Jennifer Douris O’Bryan
Government Affairs Director
Global Public Policy and Investments
SPIE Government Affairs Director will present on the latest changes to international government policy and investments affecting the optics and photonics community. Export and foreign investment policy, as well as global trends in R&D investments will be among the topics discussed.
11:10am - 12:10pm
Stephen G. Anderson
Stephen G. Anderson

Director, Industry Development
Executive Panel: The Global Photonics Marketplace – Key Trends in Markets and Technologies

With global markets changing fast and new applications and customers appearing, we bring together senior executives from several of the leading photonics companies in the world to provide their perspectives on current markets, technology trends, and future challenges and opportunities, as well as the political and economic climate affecting our business.
Giovanni Barbarossa

Giovanni Barbarossa, PhD

Chief Strategy Officer, II-VI Incorporated President, Compound Semiconductors

Ralf Kimmel

Ralf Kimmel

General Manager

TRUMPF Laser Technology

David Nislick

David Nislick, PhD

Excelitas Technologies

Kurt Weingarten

Kurt Weingarten, PhD

General Partner

Tarkas Ventures

12:10pm - 1:40pm


1:40pm - 2:30pm
John T.C. Lee
John T.C. Lee, PhD
President and CEO
MKS Instruments
KEYNOTE DISCUSSION: A conversation with John Lee, MKS Instruments

John Lee will talk with Editor in Chief John Lewis about the broad portfolio of photonics tools and semiconductor manufacturing equipment of MKS Instruments. The conversation will explore Dr. Lee’s views on the different applications that are now driving photonics markets, including industrial processing and life sciences, and will examine the competitive landscape for optics and laser manufacturers and opportunities for new technologies and products. They will also consider subjects such as MKS’ long-term growth strategy, including acquisitions and global markets.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Jessica DeGroote Nelson
Jessica DeGroote Nelson, PhD
Director of Technology & Strategy
Optimax Systems
Emerging laser applications—New demands on optics

Advances in laser systems such as directed energy, lidar, and industrial lasers are shaping the way optics are made. These optics have the power to extend or shorten the lifetime of systems. Laser grade optics often have tighter specifications than average precision optics, which results in higher costs and longer lead times. The price of purchasing laser grade optics must often be balanced with the cost of an optic failing in a system, which can be catastrophic. This presentation will provide insight about how to maximize value and minimize risk while designing in laser grade optics. Dr. Nelson will also take a quick look at how emerging technologies in adjacent fields might offer new opportunities in the future of optics.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Dieter Hoffman
Dieter Hoffman
Manager, Lasers and Optics
Fraunhofer ILT
High-power ultrafast lasers: The door to new applications swings open

Multi-Kw ultrafast lasers can process virtually all materials, while they are also extremely precise and minimize heat input into the material. They are currently used for operating on eyes and cutting smartphone display glass; however, the technology has been limited by the low average power of the lasers. This limitation is now changing as Dieter Hoffmann will explain in a presentation that explores the new applications enabled by recent advances in solid-state and fiber lasers. Representing the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources (CAPS) and its 13 institutes, Hoffmann will explain how the work is combining the precision of the ultrashort pulse laser with the surface throughput of cutting and welding lasers. The advantages of these new lasers are already evident in the large-area machining of ultra-hard materials, and in photovoltaic and battery manufacturing.
4:00pm - 5:00pm
John Dexheimer
John Dexheimer
LightWave Advisors
Sensors and Sensing Panel: VCSELS vs edge-emitters and the race for new applications

Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are proving to be a disruptive force, broadening a new wave of innovation in all levels of optoelectronic semiconductors and supporting optics. The ecosystem around VCSELs is now rich with opportunities for complementary materials and fab partners, design firms, metrology, optics, filters, and the optical assembly/integration needed for system builds. And these new VCSEL products are enabling an array of wavelengths and applications not doable with existing GaAs VCSELs. This acceleration in VCSEL adoption is also driving the creation of new applications and price/performance incentives for edge-emitting lasers. Join our panelists to hear about the paths of innovation that are being explored.
Karlheinz Gulden
Karlheinz Gulden, PhD
II-VI Incorporated
Mary Hibbs-Brenner
Mary Hibbs-Brenner, PhD
Ali Torabi
Ali Torabi
Array Photonics
Martin Vallo
Martin Vallo, PhD
Yole Développement
5:00pm - 6:30pm
*Agenda as of November 2019. Schedule subject to change.