Finalists Vie in Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Winners will be announced 4 February.

01 January 2014

Photonics companies with new products that solve problems in healthcare, food and drug safety, manufacturing, and other important areas are among finalists for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media.

Prism Award LogoWinners in each of nine categories will be announced 5 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

Entries are judged by an independent panel of optics and photonics experts including photonics industry executives, leading academic researchers, venture capitalists, and past Prism Award winners.

“The broad range of entries reflects the extensive reach and power of photonics in our lives, and is a tribute to the creativity of our extraordinarily entrepreneurial community,” said SPIE Executive Director Eugene Arthurs.

“These new products can improve our ability to diagnose cancer without invading the body, navigate our world with more accurate GPS systems, save money and resources with more efficient solar-energy generation, and advance the manufacturing revolution with the ability to print even micro-sized parts using 3D printers,” he added.

The list of three finalists in each category contains 25 companies. In this year's competition, a MEMS-based infrared spectrometer from Si-ware Systems (Egypt) is named in two separate categories, and Germany's Hübner is short-listed for two different products.

Si-ware's MEMS-based Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer was nominated for awards in both the "optics and optical components" and "test, measurement, metrology" categories. The spectrometer was the first product to be developed on Si-ware's silicon integrated micro-optical system technology (SiMOST) platform.

Hübner's T-COGNITION, a terahertz scanner, was named a finalist in the "defense and security" category, and its C-WAVE is a finalist in the "scientific lasers" category.

Twelve of the finalists are SPIE corporate members (designated by an asterisk below), and many will be exhibiting at the BiOS Expo (1-2 February) and Photonics West exhibition (4-6 February).

Finalist companies, in alphabetical order, and their products by category are:

Advanced Manufacturing
  • Haas Laser Technologies* for Beam Waist Analyzer Monitor
  • Innolite for ILENTRIC
  • Nanoscribe for Photonic Professional GT
Defense and Security
  • Hübner for T-COGNITION
  • Infrasign for SPoT
  • Ocean Optics* for IDRaman mini
Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
  • BaySpec* for OCI-1000 Handheld Hyperspectral Imager
  • Stanford Computer Optics* for XXRapidFrame framing camera
  • Tornado Spectral Systems* for OCTANE-860
Industrial Lasers
  • DILAS Diodenlaser* for Fiber-Coupled, Multi-Single Emitter Module
  • PolarOnyx Laser* for Uranus mJ
  • V-Gen for VPFL-ISP-1-40-HE-50000
Life Science and Biophotonics
  • AccuVein for AV400 Vein Viewing System
  • Holomic for Rapid Diagnostic Reader (HRDR-200)
  • Optofluidics* for Nano Tweezer
Optics and Optical Components
  • Arrayed Fiberoptics for Non-contact optical fiber connector
  • Compass Electro-Optical Systems for r10004 Router
  • Si-Ware Systems for MEMS FT-IR Spectrometer
Other Light Sources
  • CoolLED Ltd. for pE-4000
  • Necsel for Frequency Converted Green Laser Array
  • QD Laser* for Compact 561nm laser module
Scientific Lasers
  • Amplitude Technologies* for PULSAR PW
  • Hübner for C-WAVE
  • Lockheed Martin* for Argos Orange
Test, Measurement, Metrology
  • Pie Photonics Ltd. for PieX™
  • Si-Ware Systems for MEMS FT-IR Spectrometer
  • Zygo* for Nexview™ Optical Surface Profiler

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