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Leibinger awards recognize laser advances with energy, medical, manufacturing, and research applications

08 June 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Winners of the 2010 Berthold Leibinger awards will be honored at a ceremony 9 July in Ditzingen, Germany, for their innovative work and research in laser technologies. The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung awards prizes every two years to honor excellence in R&D work and outstanding research on the application or generation of laser light. Several SPIE constituents are among the winners.

SPIE Fellow Federico Capasso (Harvard Univ.)Federico Capasso video interview will receive the Zukunftspreis in recognition of his milestone research in quantum cascade lasers. Capasso has served as symposium chair and on several conference program committees with SPIE, including the upcoming conference on Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers at SPIE Photonics West in January 2011. He has authored 75 papers for SPIE conferences, with his next scheduled for the NanoScience symposium at SPIE Optics and Photonics in August. Earlier this year, he gave a video interview on his work as part of the SPIE Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future anniversary tribute series.

The Innovationspreis first prize will be awarded to Thorsten Trupke and Robert Bardos (Univ. of New South Wales and BT Imaging) for their work in laser-based luminescence imaging of silicon bricks, wafers, and solar cells, with applications expected to result in reduced cost in reaching grid parity. Trupke is scheduled to present on the topic in a conference in the Solar Energy and Technology symposium at SPIE Optics and Photonics.

Karsten König (JenLab) will receive an Innovationspreis second prize for his work in clinical multiphotonic tomography, with applications such as early diagnosis of cancer and detection of chemotherapeutical agents in the skin. His publications with SPIE include 10 journal papers, in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Optical Engineering, and 150 conference proceedings papers. He has served on more than 40 conference program committees, including sessions on Technology Development and Applications at Photonics West in January and on Near-field Optics and Imaging and Nanophotonics at SPIE Photonics Europe in April.

A project team including Ralph Delmdahl, Rainer Pätzel, and Kai Schmidt (Coherent, an SPIE Corporate Member) and Alexander Usoskin (Bruker HTS) will receive an Innovationspreis second prize for work on ultraviolet excimer laser technology and its use in mass production of ceramic high-temperature superconducting tapes, enabling efficient energy transmission and reduced carbon dioxide emission. Delmdahl presented on the topic at Photonics West, and he, Pätzel, and Schmidt have presented numerous other SPIE conference papers.

Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh (ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences, ICREA-Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies & Radiant Light) will receive the Innovationspreis third prize for his work in femtosecond light source spanning from the ultraviolet to the infrared, with manufacturing applications offering full automation, hands-free operation, and exceptional ease-of-use. He has authored several papers for SPIE and served on several conference program committees, including for the conference on Nonlinear Optics at Photonics Europe and the upcoming Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion at Photonics West.

Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future

SPIE is pleased to announce that a timeline display created for the Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future tribute to the invention of the first laser will be displayed at the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung awards ceremony. Capasso is among the luminaries whose achievements are featured in the display.

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