As part of a NEDO project, Osaka University and Shimadzu Corporation have developed two types of RGB (Red, Green and Blue) laser light source modules using RGB visible light laser diode technology. The first model realizes the world’s best-in-class brightness for use in high-brightness laser display devices and laser lighting, while the second model is the world’s smallest ultra-miniaturized model capable of single-mode fiber output for use in scanning-type laser displays.
As a result of an evaluation of these modules by embedding them in devices from nine equipment makers, the lasers were shown to be superior in the categories of miniaturization, energy-saving performance, and color gamut compared to other light sources such as LEDs.
With the special characteristics of these lasers, we expect a wide range of potential applications from use in small-sized electronic devices such as smartphones and tablet devices to large video systems including theaters at the scale of tens of meters and projection mapping and aim to implement the technology in these devices.
Also, in order to address laser-specific challenges and safety issues that need be solved for practical use and dissemination of the technology, the Consortium of Visible Laser Diode Applications established by Osaka University (Photon Pioneers Center Vice Director/Specially Appointed Professor Kazuhisa Yamamoto) in 2014 recently developed performance standards and safety and reliability guidelines for RGB laser light source modules to provide the foundation for the application of visible light laser diodes. In the future, the consortium aims to promote new industrial applications by continuing activities related to practical use and dissemination of the technology, promoting awareness of the guidelines and supporting international standards development.