Peter Strömberg, Acoem AB, PS Board
and Björn Hansson EXCILLUM AB

The Optics and Photonics Company of the Year 2018



Excillum AB, is the inventor of the world’s brightest microfocus X-ray tube. After years of painstaking research and development, Excillum AB has turned an innovative source technology into a product range of stable and reliable X-ray sources. The company’s product portfolio, initially small, has developed and expanded over time with higher acceleration voltages and further improved power-loading capabilities. PhotonicSweden by giving this years’ Best optics and photonics company of the year to Excillum AB would like to recognize the importance of combining deep knowledge in basic science with highly innovative technology.

Excillum is based in Kista, still a growing company, and with plentiful of highly competent people. Based on the MetalJet microfocus X-ray source technology the company has developed products that can generate more than 10 times the X-ray brightness of a conventional solid anode X-ray source.

Furthermore, by choosing Excillum AB as the photonics company of the year 2018 PhotonicSweden wishes to shine light on how innovation within photonics is going into new vistas – smarter applications at shorter wavelengths. 



Excillum AB is a leading company in the field of high-end, microfocus and nanofocus X-ray sources. Excillum was founded in 2007 by a group of researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Excillum designs, develops and manufactures high-brightness, microfocus X-ray sources based on MetalJet technology as well as extreme resolution nanofocus X-ray sources based on advanced electron beam technologies and diamond transmission anodes. With the unique patented MetalJet technology unprecedented X-ray intensities can be achieved for a wide range of applications ranging from scientific to production control in areas such as diffraction/scattering (XRD, SAXS), Spectroscopy (XRF, XPS), Imaging (NDT, CT, XRM, phase contrast) etc.

Lund, September 13, 2018