Energetiq launches ‘breakthrough’ light source tool

Photonics maker Energetiq Technology has launched a new light sensing and color measurement product, the Chromatiq Spectral Engine (CSE).

The Chromatiq Spectral Engine. Picture: Hamamatsu Photonics

Energetiq, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics, said the launch of the CSE represented “a breakthrough product.” The CSE was initially introduced in 2021 and was recognized at the time with a Laser Focus World Innovator’s Award.

According to Energetiq, the device addresses “a crucial challenge faced in light sensing and color measurement applications: the ability to generate light with highly specific spectral content, emulating real-world lighting conditions and other custom spectra to meet calibration and testing requirements.”

The company said the CSE was set apart from existing solutions in the market because of its high spectral resolution enabled by Energetiq’s Laser-Driven Light Source (LDLS) technology, a plasma-based broadband light source recognized for strong spectral radiance, stability, long lifetime, and broad wavelength range.

The CSE also boasts a lightning-fast switching speed of <10 ms between programmed spectra and the added NIR wavelength range covers the full active range of silicon-based detectors, from 380 nm to 1,100 nm, offering precise alignment between light source and detector, the company said.

The CSE caters to a broad audience, including manufacturers of color sensors, spectrometers, and image sensors, as well as manufacturers integrating these optical sensing technologies into finished products, including consumer electronics.

“Customers can expect improved levels of reliability and efficiency from seamlessly integrating the CSE into multiple stages of their production processes,” said Debbie Gustafson, CEO of Energetiq. “The CSE provides the accurate and repeatable data necessary to support cutting-edge product innovation across multiple industries.”