Career Highlights for Larry Godfrey

  • ·       Doctorate from University of British Columbia, normally ranked as one of the top 50 universities world wide
  • Achieved new levels of spectral brightness for coaxial flash lamp tunable liquid dye laser (narrow low pressure discharge tube line widths but with megawatts of power). Used new self-injected new cavity design.
  • ·        New levels of pulse repetition rate enabled by unique coaxial flash lamp cooling design.
  • ·        Fastest commercially available pulse response silicon photodiode of its time, plus its companion shortest commercially available pulsed laser diode. Designed the chip, high speed packaging and circuitry, and personally built the first production units.
  • ·        Essentially perfect (99.9% quantum efficiency) detector design for the visible and near IR.
  • ·        Lowest capacitance per unit area photodiode to reduce amplified noise to smallest  available level without sacrificing quantum efficiency.
  • ·        Ultra-low inductance package design for high power pulsed semiconductor laser to achieve sub-nanosecond pulse width at 100+W peak power from a single channel chip.
  • ·        New design reduced cost by a factor of ten of large area photodiode arrays (PDAs) as an enabler for larger growth of the X-ray scanner security market, adopted by all PDA suppliers.
  • ·        Designed company’s first optical sensor for automotive industry (sun sensor for the Jaguar) which had a product life over 15+ years, shipping  tens of millions with zero quality issues.
  • ·        Designed and partially fabricated 40 m^2 area of optoelectronics and plasma generator, including three laser systems and two optical diagnostic set ups all converging onto a 100 micron^3 volume, currents from picoamps to kiloamps, optical powers from nanowatts to gigawatts, DC to 10 nsec pulse widths.
  • ·        Designed and implemented the product development module for company’s first time ISO9000 certification.
  • ·        Over twenty patents granted or applied for.
  • ·        Highest Achievement Award, Dale Carnegie course.