Israeli firm SCD ‒ a global leader in the development and manufacture of a wide range of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and high-power laser diodes ‒ will lead an Israeli National Consortium for the development of next generation Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL).
“We have identified VCSELs as a potential game changer in the ever-growing world of high-power lasers, for many different applications,” says Dan Slasky, CEO of SCD. “SCD, with its strong tradition of technological innovation in the IR and laser domain, is once again pioneering an innovative technology which, if successful, will result in a significant impact on the laser industry.”
The consortium is supported by the Israeli Innovation Authority through its MAGNET Consortium programme.
The VCSEL consortium is made up of leading high-tech companies and academic institutions, including Nvidia, Civan Advanced Technologies, Galil Microwaves, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The focus will be to develop technologies for three main applications: high power lasers, high speed telecommunication, and atomic clocks.
VCSELs were first industrialized in the 1990s and since then have become important building blocks in various applications, such as fiber-optic data transmission and, recently, facial recognition for smartphones.
When it comes to manufacturability, VCSELs offer significant advantages over traditional edge-emitting laser technologies, including the ability to process large quantities of diodes on a single wafer, enabling testing at the wafer level, and more.
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