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Special support message from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. for IPhO2023

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. started as a small firm established in 1953 by Heihachiro Horiuchi who studied under the guidance of Dr. Kenjiro Takayanagi now respectfully called the “father of Japanese television.” Since then, we have inherited the “photoelectric technology” developed by Dr. Takayanagi for converting light into electrical signals as well as “the spirit of pursuing unknown and unexplored realms” which led him to the achievement of displaying the Japanese character “イ” on a cathode-ray tube for the first time in the world. We have been consistently engaged in developing photoelectric devices and their application products while moving forward along with the continuing advances in technologies of light.

Just as electrons and electronics brought immeasurable richness to our lives in the 20th century, the 21st century will be the age of photons (particles of light) and photonics. Spurred by the unlimited possibilities of light, photonics technology is increasingly applied in a wide range of fields. However, the interaction of light with matter is still hardly understood at the present time. By pursuing the ultimate limits of photoelectric conversion technology to approach the true nature of light, Hamamatsu Photonics has been challenging the unknown where no one has yet explored, with the aim of creating new industries by utilizing light and acquiring new knowledges.

The International Physics Olympiad is a great opportunity to showcase your passion for physics to the world. We sincerely hope your success in this competition. We also hope that in the future, you will become leaders in the fields of physics and science and technology.


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