History & Innovations

History

nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Germany, is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified supplier of semiconductor devices and one of the leading manufacturers of lasers for gas sensing applications.

The success of nanoplus is based on a unique and patented concept for the fabrication of DFB laser sources.

nanoplus is a SME and was founded in 1998 as a spin off from Würzburg University. The following overview quickly outlines the history of nanoplus:

University of Wuerzburg microstructure laboratory
University of Wuerzburg microstructure laboratory
nanoplus site Gerbrunn
nanoplus site Gerbrunn front view
nanoplus site Meiningen
nanoplus site Meiningen

February 1999 - Foundation of nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH

  • Starting point: license agreement for laterally coupled DFB lasers
  • Since then: continuous upgrade in equipment and products

September 2001 – Start of device production at production facility in Gerbrunn

  • First 250 m2 clean room facility established including complete process line for laser fabrication and corresponding device characterization

January 2009  – New production facility in Meiningen

  • Processing site for expanded capacity

January 2014 – Second clean room facilities in Meiningen completed

  • Equipped for high volume production

nanoplus today - One of the leading manufacturers of laser sources for gas sensing

Within less than 15 years nanoplus has become the worldwide no. 1 for DFB laser sources in the gas sensing business. We are the key supplier for the top equipment manufacturers in the gas sensing industry.

automated test rack
automated test rack
automated assembly
automated assembly
PM fiber coupling
PM fiber coupling
automated assembly
automated assembly
etching
etching
automated scribing and dicing
automated scribing and dicing

Highlights & Innovations

Some highlights of our work are summarized below. In 2012, one of our lasers landed on Mars with the Mars Science Laboratory of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This laser allows isotopic measurements of water and carbon dioxide to help answer the big question: to what extend was (or is?) Mars a suitable environment for life.

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity with nanoplus laser in TDLS module SAM
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity with nanoplus laser in TDLS module SAM
nanoplus Prism Award for Green Photonics 2012
nanoplus Prism Award for Green Photonics 2012

Being at the forefront of developing laser technology, nanoplus is proud to have introduced the following worldwide firsts:

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Compact collimation module and point gas sensor module for OEM applications
ICL performance records:
including shortest (2.7 µm) as well as longest (5.2 µm) DFB emission wavelength
First ICL DFB devices made commercially available
ICL based licence agreement with U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Prism Award for “Green Photonics and Sustainable Energy”
Record long wavelength DFB laser diodes up to 3.5 µm commercially available
Longest wavelength GaSb based DFB devices at 2.9 µm
DFB laser diodes for Cs clock applications at 852 nm and 894 nm
with 100 mW output power and linewidth < 1 MHz demonstrated
Space-qualified 2.7 µm laser diode package
developed and supplied for NASA Mars Science Laboratory mission
Demonstration of temperature insensitive 1.3 µm Quantum Dot DFB lasers
for 10 GBit/s transmission
Widely tunable QCLs at 10.7 µm demonstrated
Long wavelength GaSb based DFB devices at 2740 nm
Long wavelength GaSb based DFB devices at 2330 nm
Introduction of CIS lifetime test system
1310 nm DFB emission demonstrated based on quantum dot active material
First commercial single mode laser based on metal grating concept