Finalists for the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation announced

Finalists for the 10th annual 2018 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation were announced by SPIE.

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IMAGE. Winners, judges, and presenters of the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Credit: Joey Cobbs Photography

Finalists for the 10th Annual 2018 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation were announced by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media to honor groundbreaking technology and product inventions within the optics and photonics industry.

"Ten years in, the Prism Awards are casting an even wider light on the photonics industry,” says said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “Each year, categories for the awards are driven by the innovations entered, providing direct insight into thriving and emerging ‘hot' markets. Significantly, this year there are ten categories rather than the usual nine.”

Biomedical entries are featured in two categories, Life Science Instrumentation and Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics, illustrating the vitality of that field. Also new this year are categories for inventions in Environmental Monitoring and for Illumination and Light Sources — very timely as the world continues to work toward more sustainable energy sources and devices.

Winners will be announced on January 31, at a banquet during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco. Among presenters of the 2018 awards will be Akira Hiruma, President and CEO of Hamamatsu Photonics KK; Ray O. Johnson, former Senior Vice President and CTO of Lockheed Martin; and Peter Leibinger, CTO and Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of Trumpf.

Finalist products and descriptions are detailed at The field includes:

Detectors and Sensors

· NKT Photonics: LIOS EN.SURE Long Range DTS and RTTR

· Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.: LineCam12

· Xenics NV: XLIN FC 2048

Environmental Monitoring

· Block Engineering LLC: LaserWarn Analyzer

· Blue Industry and Science: X-FLR8 V2

· Daylight Solutions, Inc.: ChemDetectMid-IR Liquid Analyzer

Illumination and Light Sources

· Lumileds: LUXEON 3535L HE Plus

· OSRAM: SFH 4735

· SoraaLaser: LaserLight Fiber Module

Imaging and Cameras

· Daylight Solutions, Inc.: Spero-QT

· Luminar: Model-G 3D LiDAR

· Teledyne DALSA: Piranha4 Polarization Line Scan Camera


· Class 5 Photonics GmbH: Supernova OPCPA

· KMLabs: Y-Fi OPA

· Optores GmbH: NG-FDML

Life Science Instrumentation

· neaspec GmbH: cryo-neaSNOM

· Quantumcyte: Q1

· Tomocube: HT-2

Material Processing and Additive Manufacturing

· Han's Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.: Multi-axis and High-Precision UV-Laser System for PVD Ablation Processing

· LIMO GmbH: Activation Line UV-L750

· NUBURU Inc.: AO-150

Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics

· ContinUse Biometrics: SmartHealth Mod

· Lightpoint Medical Ltd.: LightPath Imaging System

· Lumedica: OQ LabScope

Optics and Optomechanical Components

· AdlOptica Optical Systems GmbH: foXXus -multi-focus optics

· Optotune Switzerland AG: MR-15-30 dual axis vector scan mirror with position feedback

· Spectrolight, Inc.: Flexible Wavelength Selector

Test and Measurement

· Gamma Scientific: GS-1290-NED Near Eye Display Measurement System

· Si-Ware Systems: NeoSpectra Micro

· Spheryx, Inc.: xSight

Source: SPIE

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