Finalists for the 2013 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation include sensors for monitoring environmental toxins and detecting explosives, powerful new lasers for manufacturing, and tools for non-invasive imaging deep inside the brain.
Winners of the annual awards, sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media, will be announced Wednesday 6 February at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.
The Prism Awards recognize photonic products that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and harnessing of light.
"Photonics inventions help create valuable new jobs in communications, healthcare, manufacturing, security, and entertainment," says Eugene Arthurs, executive director of awards co-sponsor SPIE.
Pointing to the U.S. National Research Council's 2012 report "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation," Arthurs noted that just in the United States, public companies focused on optics and photonics create more than $3 trillion of all public-company revenues and 7.4 million of public company jobs.
"The immense pride these companies have in their innovations and the pride they take in being named finalists in the Prism Awards is well-earned," added Laurin Publishing CEO Tom Laurin.
An alphabetical list of finalists in nine categories is below. Among the finalists in the Prism Awards are 14 SPIE corporate members.
Defense and Security
Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
- Princeton Instruments*: IsoPlane SCT spectrograph, research-grade imaging spectrograph
- SPECIM, Spectral Imaging*: AisaFENIX full spectrum hyperspectral imager, imaging plant health, detecting invasive and illicit species
- Wasatch Photonics*: Stroker f/1.3, Raman spectroscopy in such low-light applications as online and industrial settings
- AdTech Optics*: DFB QCL 783, air pollution and emissions monitoring
- LEOSPHERE: R-MAN510; real-time detection of atmospheric hazards
- Visualant: ChromaID, environmental-toxin and food-safety testing
- Aerotech*: Nmark AGV/CLS, Galvo and controller combination offers Infinite Field of View and >24-bit resolution
- IPG Photonics*: GLR-100, single-mode CW green laser for materials processing, solar-cell manufacturing, semiconductor inspection, annealing, etc.
- TeraDiode: TeraBlade 2kW High Brightness Direct Diode Laser, beam combining for 1-µm fiber or disk laser brightness and direct-diode wall-plug efficiency and compactness, for industrial metal cutting and welding
Life Sciences and Biophotonics
- AFL*: LZM-100 LAZERMaster, CO2-laser system for splicing and shaping glass
- Heidelberg Instruments*: MicroPG501 Direct-Write Lithography System, desktop maskless lithography tool for small patterns
- Parian Technologies: Archetto 3, low-cost nanolithography tool
Optics and Optical Components
- TAG Optics: TAG Lens 2.0, ultrahigh-speed acoustics to increase depth of field
- TelAztec: Anti-Reflection Microstructures (ARMs), suppressing reflection for solar modules, displays, finished optics
- Tornado Spectral Systems*: HyperFlux VIS-NIR multimode spectrometer, high-spectral resolution with order-of-magnitude higher photon flux
Test, Measurement, Metrology
- KMLabs: Chromatis, fast, accurate characterization of dispersive properties
- Linden Photonics: Lindex Optics Cleaners, cleaning media for fiber optics
- Resolution Spectra Systems: Zoom Spectra, ultrahigh-spectral resolution for tunable laser control, laser-diode measurement, Bragg component measurement, high-depth OCT
* Indicates finalists who are SPIE corporate members.
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