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Photonics innovators invited to vie for 2010 Prism Awards

29 June 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Entries are being accepted through
15 September for the 2010 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The international competition recognizes companies whose photonics products break conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life with photonics. SPIE and Photonics Media cosponsor the awards.

Past winners include companies ranging from internationally recognizedPrism Awards for Photonics Innovation corporations such as National Semiconductor and Agilent Technologies, core optics companies such as Hamamatsu, and burgeoning businesses including Swamp Optics and Lightlab Imaging.

Awards are made in 11 categories, each judged by a distinguished panel of acknowledged technology experts. Categories are:

  • Defense and Security
  • Green Photonics/Energy Efficiency
  • Life Sciences and Biophotonics
  • Information and Communication
  • Optics and Optical Components
  • Scientific Lasers
  • Industrial Lasers
  • Other Light Sources
  • Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
  • Test, Measurement, Metrology
  • Nanophotonics.

Winners will be announced at the Prism Awards Banquet at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday 26 January 2011.

Winners for 2009 by category and their products were:

  • Agilent Technologies, "Analytical, Test, and Measurement" (tie): Scanning Microwave Microscopy
  • Lehighton Electronics, "Analytical, Test, and Measurement" (tie): 1605 Mobility Mapping Unit
  • InfraTec Infrared, "Detectors, Sensing, and Imaging": New MEMS Tunable Fabry-Perot Interferometer Microspectrometer for Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Laser Operations -- QPC Lasers, "Lasers": Brightlock Ultra-G
  • LightLab Imaging, "Life Sciences": C7-XR Optical Coherence Tomography System
  • Swamp Optics, "Optics": BOA (Bother-free Optimized Arrangement) Pulse compressor
  • Hamamatsu, "Other Light Sources": 160 kV Open-Type Microfocus
    X-ray Source
  • Linden Photonics, "Photonics Processes": Strong Tether Fiber Optic Cable (STFOC)
  • IRphotonics, "Photonics Systems": iCure Thermal Spot Curing System
  • National Semiconductor, "Sustainable/Green Technology": SolarMagic Power Optimizer.

See photonicsprismawards.com for more information, or email pamelar@spie.org.

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