Dr. Kurt J. Weingarten
Partner at Tarkas
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
ultrafast lasers , cold ablation , solid-state lasers , picosecond micromachining , start-ups , laser applications
Profile Summary

Kurt is a technology entrepreneur in lasers and photonics of both VC-funded and self-funded start-ups. He founded and led Time-Bandwidth Products to acquisition by Lumentum (Nasdaq LITE, previously JDSU) in 2014 for ultrafast laser products for use in production of semiconductor and consumer electronic devices.

After his Ph.D. at Stanford University (1988) using picosecond lasers to measure high-speed gallium-arsenide integrated circuits, Kurt worked at Lightwave Electronics in Silicon Valley, pioneering the first commercial diode-pumped picosecond lasers. He then founded Time-Bandwidth Products in Zurich, Switzerland in the mid-1990's to develop simple, robust picosecond and femtosecond (ultrafast) lasers based on SESAM technology for industrial applications, allowing for the medical and electronics industry to successfully use these lasers in multiple applications. The company was acquired by JDSU in January 2014 to accelerate adoption of these products into the growing industrial market for ultrafast lasers.

He also founded and served as CTO of GigaTera, a VC-backed telecom start-up from 2000 to 2003, developing ultra-high-speed pulsed telecom lasers for long-haul transmission systems.

Kurt’s experience includes company financing and venture capital, M&A, IP strategies and technology licensing, team building, production scale-up, go-to-market strategies for high-end photonics products, global customer and supply chain development and strategies. He works out of Zurich, Switzerland, helping to catalyze technology and photonics start-ups in Europe and worldwide. He currently serves as a board member of Scrona, a Swiss-based nano-printing start-up with applications in display, semiconductors, electronics packaging, and life sciences, and K2 Photonics, developing high-performance dual-comb ultrafast lasers for precision measurements such as sub-micron long-distance non-contact ranging.
Publications (10)

Proceedings Article | 6 March 2014 Paper
Proceedings Volume 8967, 89670Q (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2037379
KEYWORDS: Polygon scanners, Scanners, Copper, Pulsed laser operation, Laser systems engineering, Laser applications, Mirrors, Raster graphics, Laser ablation, Micromachining

Proceedings Article | 28 February 2014 Paper
Proceedings Volume 8959, 895913 (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2035639
KEYWORDS: Glasses, Mode locking, Waveguide lasers, Waveguides, Dispersion, Picosecond phenomena, Quantum dots, Mirrors, Solitons, Interferometers

Proceedings Article | 15 February 2012 Paper
V. Wittwer, R. van der Linden, B. Resan, K. Weingarten, T. Südmeyer, U. Keller
Proceedings Volume 8242, 82420Z (2012) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.906356
KEYWORDS: Semiconductor lasers, Laser stabilization, Actuators, Oscillators, Diodes, Interference (communication), Signal analyzers, Semiconductors, Mode locking, Active optics

Proceedings Article | 9 February 2012 Paper
Bojan Resan, Felix Brunner, Andreas Rohrbacher, Hubert Ammann, Kurt Weingarten
Proceedings Volume 8226, 82262Y (2012) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.908537
KEYWORDS: Laser systems engineering, Pulsed laser operation, Multiphoton microscopy, Optical coherence tomography, Second-harmonic generation, Tunable lasers, Ultrafast lasers, Multispectral imaging, Biomedical optics, Prisms

Proceedings Article | 30 January 2012 Paper
Bojan Resan, Felix Brunner, Andreas Rohrbacher, Hubert Ammann, Kurt Weingarten
Proceedings Volume 8247, 82470G (2012) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.908611
KEYWORDS: Laser systems engineering, Ultrafast laser spectroscopy, Pulsed laser operation, Multiphoton microscopy, Tunable lasers, Ultrafast lasers, Nanostructuring, Prisms, Optical coherence tomography, Ultrafast phenomena

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Conference Committee Involvement (1)
Workshop on Laser Applications in Europe
23 November 2005 | Dresden, Germany
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