OPTICS & PHOTONICS International Congress 2020

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Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions 2

Wed. Apr 22, 2020 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM 501+502 (Conference Center)

5:05 PM - 5:50 PM

[PL-02] Market Perspectives and Applications driven by Laser Intensity and Functionality

*Berthold Schmidt1 (1. TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH)

The industrial laser market for laser sources and integrated systems continuous to grow despite the current slowdown in certain areas. Exceeding the market size for lasers in telecommunication the increasing field of high-power applications is an important industrial factor not only in the field of metal processing. Broadening the scope of laser applications, e.g. by evolving traditional CO2 lasers to ultra-high-power laser systems powering EUV light generation is just one example that will be discussed. To create a sustainable customer value, enhancements in laser system functionality are of similar importance such as driving cw lasers to higher powers, more efficiency, compactness, robustness and reliability. In parallel, ultra-short pulsed (USP) lasers based on thin disk, fiber and slab amplification gain growing interest from industry due to their higher average power levels, increasing pulse energies and more flexible repetition rates and pulse durations. To keep up with this development TRUMPF serves this market with a broad portfolio of new lasers e.g. ns-pulsed high-power lasers in combination with line beam focusing optics for laser lift-off applications, while TRUMPFs enlarged USP-laser portfolio enables applications ranging from transparent material processing to the control of lightning with Joule level femtosecond laser pulses at kHz repetition rates utilizing CPA.

Dr. Berthold Schmidt is CTO of the business unit TRUMPF Laser Technology, Germany. Earlier he was CEO and President of TRUMPF Photonics Inc., the production center for III-V high power diode lasers and subsystems located near Princeton, NJ as well as Head of Corporate Research establishing the basis of the TRUMPF Venture GmbH to promote disruptive technologies in early startup companies. Before joining TRUMPF, he was CEO of Intense Ltd. in Scotland, UK and active in various management roles at Bookham, Switzerland. He received his PhD from the Technical University in Munich (TUM), the “Diplom” from the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany and the MSc from SUNY Albany, USA. He has published multiple papers and patents mainly related to the design and manufacturing of semiconductor laser diodes and higher integrated laser systems for telecom, industrial and medical applications. From 2005 to 2018 he supported the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) in the field of micro and nano technologies as technical expert.