Partnering opportunity

Photonic Jet, a new laser technology for sub-µm processing of different materials

Summary

A German company offers a fibre based laser technology - so called Photonic Jet Technology -, which allows to process extraordinarily small areas. This is realised by using infrared nanosecond lasers in combination with optical fibres including integrated optics. Successful material processing of different semiconductors and metals is already done. The company is looking for a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Partner sought

German SME is looking for companies, preferably SME, which need a laser technology for processing or marking (e.g. semiconductors or metals) with sub-µm resolution. Possible applications of this technology could be, for example, in the fields of microelectronics, analysis, biotechnology or medical technology.

Description

A German company is looking for companies, preferably SME, which need a laser technology for processing or marking (e.g. semiconductors or metals) with sub-µm resolution. The new Photonic Jet Technology is a laser technology using optical fibres including integrated optics for delivery and focussing of the laser beam. Therefore, no additional focussing optics is required. This technology allows the processing of extremely small areas on the sample surface. The diameters of laser-generated features are below 1 µm. Photonic Jet produces: Features with sub-µm diameter: 0.4 ... 0.9 µm, By using IR-ns-Laser: 1064 nm, 0.5 ... 100 ns and a multimode fibre: e.g. 200 µm diameter. Successful material processing of silicon, stainless steel, copper, gold, silver, titanium, ITO is already done. Possible applications of Photonic Jet Technology are: - Sub-µm marking (dot, line) - Semiconductor processing - Bio-medical sample processing or preparation - Generation of electronic functionalities - Thin film processing - 3D-machining below 10 µm - Local thin film deposition Commercial users are sought which need to generate features with sub-µm diameter on special samples. This could be for instance the generation of markings on semiconductor chips or the cutting of ultra-thin films or of small biological samples. A commercial agreement is requested.

Advantages and innovations

To date, very complex and expensive photolithographic processes or cost-intensive laser systems with ultrashort pulse durations in the range of femtoseconds are needed to produce such small structures. In contrast, the Photonic Jet works with low cost lasers delivering comparatively long pulses in the nanosecond range.

Development stage

Proposal under development

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted


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