Choosing from three finalists in each of nine categories, the winners of the 2017 Prism Awards were announced last night at a gala event at Photonics West in San Francisco, California (US).
Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
The Tungsten-LAM from PolarOnyx uses a femtosecond fiber laser as an energy deposition source for 3D printing. It combines additive and subtractive manufacturing in a single platform via one tunable pulsed fiber laser.
The TB Breathalyser from Rapid Biosensor Systems is the first biophotonics system available for noninvasive testing for active infectious diseases. The novel system integrates laser, optical and engineering design with medical requirements for fast, breath-based testing. The company believes that it will be effective for screening people in rural communities, and in Europe and North America it has the potential to support screening programs at ports of entry, prisons, military establishments and schools, and more.
Detectors and Sensors
GoSpectro from Alphanov is a universal device that connects to any smartphone or tablet, turning it into a compact, easy-to-use, cost-effective light spectrometer. It makes possible the fast characterization of light sources, displays, tunable lasers, optical filters or fluorescent dyes. It is a handheld tool that also measures emission and absorption peak wavelengths, cut-off wavelengths or spectral bandwidth, and enables material analysis or chemical analysis in liquids associated with color-based reagents for assessing water or food quality.
Imaging and Cameras
The Handheld Hyperspectral Imager Model 4100 from TruTag is the first device to capture and process a full multi-megapixel hyperspectral data cube without the need for external processing, It essentially displaces existing multispectral imagers, which trade off spectral resolution for spatial resolution. Users can select acquisition wavelengths that are not necessarily contiguous.
The Ultra-short Pulsed Seeder for Fiber Laser from QD Laser features a less than 10 ps optical pulse. Its ultra-short pulsed seed laser is one of the key components for MOPA (Master Oscillator Power Amplification)-type fiber lasers. These lasers can be used for nonthermal precise microprocessing and have become a strong competitive light source to mode-locked lasers.
Materials and Coatings
The xtal mir from Crystalline Mirror Solutions is a crystalline supermirror coating that is based on substrate-transferred, single-crystal semiconductor multilayers. It offers a 10× reduction in Brownian noise, the highest thermal conductivity (~30 Wm−1K−1 compared to <1 Wm−1K−1 for SiO2/Ta2O5). Designed for trace gas detection, this technology targets ultralow-loss mid-IR optical coatings for the 3- to 5-µm wavelength range.
The Leica BLK360 Imaging Laser Scanner offers users the ability to capture the reality around them in a way that was previously impossible. The device generates massive amounts of content for use in reality capture for virtual retailing, space mapping, and stage calibration for films and the visual arts. The technology ranges up to 60 m, which can be measured with a precision of a few millimeters.
Optics and Optical Components
NuBEAM Flat-Top fiber technology from Nufern offers simplified system integration, improved efficiency, reproducibility and reliability of performances, as well as a smaller footprint and less expensive execution. Nufern reports that the flat-top fiber technology offers an all-fiber solution designed as a simple drop-in replacement, compared to existing beam shaping techniques that are based mainly on free-space systems or complex optical assemblies.
The Mid-Infrared Supercontinuum Laser by Thorlabs is a compact MIR-SC laser designed to accelerate instrument development in the mid-IR market. It is the first such femtosecond fiber-laser pumped source on the market.
Congratulations to all the winners and kudos to the finalists.For a full list of the finalists, read "Announcing the 2017 Prism Award Finalists"