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After receiving the award, Jeffrey Sercel said, “It’s great to receive this award and be a part of this special event that recognizes the best Entrepreneurs in NH. This award not only symbolizes my dedication and hard work to build JPSA into the company it is today, but the persistence of the entire JPSA team who have made the company a quality manufacturer of laser micromachining products.”


Sercel began his career in 1983 as a laser engineer at the first excimer laser Applications Lab and development facility in North America, Tachisto Inc. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from the University of Arizona, he devoted more than 25 years to become an expert in excimer, DPSS and ultrafast industrial laser technology.


Osram laser diode provides precise 3D imaging


The 3D camera by FOTONIC using Osram’s 845nm LD is designed for industrial applications such as gauging fluid levels and grading objects according to size or shape. The light is hardly visible to the human eye, and yet is well within the sensibility range of the camera chip.


A fast laser diode of Osram Opto Semiconductors provides light for the new 3D camera from Swedish manufacturer FOTONIC. The component has been developed specially for 3D cameras like the FOTONIC C70. It facilitates range finding for moving object with good depth resolution at video rate.


The object and camera for each pixel. Fast and powerful light sources like the new pulsed laser diode of Osram Opto facilitates particularly precise range finding 3D camera FOTONIC C70 produces relief images which yield the distance between


Osram’s new infrared laser diode provides high optical power of about 0.5 W, even when in continuous wave operation. With a wavelength of about 845 nm, the light is hardly visible to the human eye, and yet it is well within the sensibility range of the camera chip.


Three-dimensional cameras superimpose a two-dimensional picture with information on the range and surface profile of an object. Industrial applications for such systems are, for example, the gauging of fluid levels or the grading of objects according to size or shape. Three-dimensional sensors also provide reliable stereoscopic information, e.g. for the control of robot arms.


The FOTONIC C70 camera is based on a CMOS sensor and it makes use of the principle of time- of-flight measurement. A laser diode, which is integrated into the camera, transmits a light pulse which the target reflects back. Each of the 120x160 pixels of the camera chip records the distance to the object by measuring a respective phase shift compared to the emitted light pulse.


The precision of this distance measurement and the range of the sensor increases with the modulating frequency of the light source. Due to their fast switching times of only a few nanoseconds, laser diodes are particularly well suited for this application. The laser diode, developed for this kind of 3D cameras is modulated with 44 MHz. Within the range of 0.1 to 7 m, the camera measures distances with an accuracy of 3 up to 30 mm.


For Osram Opto, it is the first application of a laser diode in a 3D sensor of this type. Rickard Åström of FOTONIC is convinced of the laser’s performance and comments, “Together with Osram we’ve managed to increase the performance of our FOTONIC C70 Camera. We plan to use this component in future generations of our camera.”


Jörg Heerlein, marketing manager for pulsed laser diodes at Osram Opto Semiconductors, predicts a growing market for such applications: “In industry,


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