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Shuji Nakamura is developing a laser diode of new generation

SLD Laser company is a world leader in the commercialization of visible laser light sources, has announced the production launch of its LaserLight™ laser diodes for automotive and specialty lighting applications. Its co-owner, Dr. Shuji Nakamura has been developing LaserLight with a group of scientists. He is the 2015 Global Energy Prize laureate and Nobel Laureate in Physics (2014). The prototype of LaserLight for intelligent illumination is shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8 – 11, 2019.

According to the developers, LaserLight is to revolutionize the automotive and lighting industry. Shuji Nakamura notes that LaserLight has a variety of advantages in comparison with usual light emitted diodes. That is the reason why he is engaged in developing a new generation of light sources. LaserLight is brighter than LEDs ten times, and the range of its illumination reaches up to 1 km.

The distinctive characteristics of this product are its minimal power consumption, long lifetime and highly directional output not possible with LED. SLD Laser has achieved the world’s first UL Safety Certification for laser lighting. LaserLight was awarded Laser Focus World 2018 LightFair and got a 2018 Prism Award for Photonics Innovation from SPIE Photonics Media.

Within a framework of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, SLD Laser showcases the world’s smallest LaserLight headlight concept, measuring just 1.5 centimeters high with low-beam and high-beam functionality, together with a 1.5-millimeter daytime running light.  Starting with the following year select premium cars will be equipped with LaserLight Fiber for high-beam boost functionality, complemented by a conventional LED unit for low-beam.  It’s reported on the official website of the product that the product will be delivered to the European automotive market in Q3 2019. Moreover, LaserLight supports and provides LiFi data communication technologies.  It exceeds the average communications with such qualities as high speed, networked, wireless communications using light – which eclipse the capabilities of conventional WiFi communications with vastly increased data transmission rates (in excess of 5GB per second) and extended range.

Beyond automotive applications, LaserLight can be widely used for consumer products related to portable lighting. For instance, it can be implemented in battery-powered flashlights that allow 1km visibility and power-efficient, lightweight modules that can be drone-mounted to provide better visibility, and also in devices for search and rescue operations and for building illuminations.

Recall that Shuji Nakamura is an American inventor and physicist, the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics. He received the Global Energy Prize in 2015 for the invention, commercialization, and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology. Nakamura's invention allowed to create further LED lamps and to make a revolution in the sphere of external LED devices.  The invention of the scientist used by companies that produce mobile phones, digital cameras, and other equipment.

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