Prism Awards
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SPIE & PHOTONICS MEDIA
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Congratulations to these Prism Award Winners, recognized at Photonics West 2013
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Defense and Security
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Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
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Green Photonics
Princeton Instruments
IsoPlane SCT Spectrograph
Visualant
ChromaID
At the heart of the OEwaves new product, the Micro-Opto-Electronic Oscillator (uOEO), is a whispering gallery mode optical microresonator with a tiny (~1 mm) footprint that generates signals with super low phase noise in the microwave and millimeter wave frequencies used by the military. This enables significant performance improvement in advanced radar and signal intelligence systems as unmanned military platforms such as UAVs and missiles get ever-smaller
The Princeton Instruments IsoPlane, a next-generation, aberration-free imaging spectrograph. The IsoPlane gives researchers the ability to utilize the full spatial extent of their detector without loss of spectral or spatial resolution, and provides the only major innovation to the design of research-grade imaging spectrographs in more than 20 years.
The ChromaID is a universal environmental sensor that uses spectral pattern matching technology (SPM) to provide full-spectrum sensing with structured light. It tests virtually any material, liquid, gas, aerosol or color using spectral pattern matching (SPM) technology to record and analyze invisible chromatic identifiers in a compact, field-ready, lowcost product.
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Green Photonics
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Industrial Lasers
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Life Sciences and Biophotonics
TeraDiode
TeraBlade
Verisante Technology
Aura
The R-MAN510, with its Raman and dual-polarized channels, combines the full performances of sophisticated research lidar with the compactness and low maintenance requirements of cloud ceilometers. This eye-safe, networkable instrument provides real-time detection and classification of atmospheric structures and hazards, such as ash from volcanic eruptions or dust, biomass particles or soot, without requiring the user to have scientific expertise.
TeraBlade, a high-brightness laser emitter that allows direct diode lasers to cut and weld steel in industrial applications for the very first time. With its wavelength beam-combining (WBC) technology developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, TeraDiode’s TeraBlade combines the output of any number of laser emitters, of any type, wavelength or power, into a single, incoherent laser beam while retaining the brightness of the original emitters.
Aura is a breakthrough near-infrared in vivo system that will change the way skin cancer is diagnosed by taking Raman spectroscopy out of the laboratory and making it a practical clinical tool. Verisante Aura scans for 21 different cancer spectral markers in less than one second, providing immediate, accurate results.
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Manufacturing
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Optics and Optical Components
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Scientific Lasers
Heidelberg Instruments
Direct Write
Pattern Generator
TAG Optics
TAG Lens 2.0
Continuum
Horizon OPO
Heidelberg Instruments’ μPG501 Direct Write Lithography System is a desktop maskless aligner lithography tool that can write small patterns into photoresists without using a photomask—allowing the user to go directly from design to imaging on the substrate.
The TAG Lens 2.0, developed at Princeton University, uses sound to shape light. It's an adaptive liquid lens that uses sound to shape light, making it orders of magnitude faster than other such varifocal technologies for imaging, materials processing and metrology.
The Horizon OPO is a research tool that will transform the way spectroscopists work. Now, instead of using multiple complicated devices to conduct their research, scientists have one all-encompassing tool allowing them to take their experiment through the whole spectrum.
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Test, Measurement, Metrology
Linden Photonics
Lindex Optics Cleaners
Lindex Optics Cleaners is an innovative carbon nanotube-based cleaning material. It exploits Van der Waals forces, the same forces that allow a gecko’s feet to stick to slick walls with the aid of tiny microhairs, to allow contamination such as carbon and oils to stick to the cleaners at a molecular level.
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