Manufacturing: The Heidelberg Instruments (Heidelberg, Germany) winning MicroPG501 Direct-Write Lithography System is a desktop maskless aligner lithography tool able to write small patterns into photoresists without using a photomask, allowing the user to go directly from design to imaging on the substrate.
Optics and Optical Components: From TAG Optics (Princeton, New Jersey), the ultrahigh speed TAG Lens 2.0 is a tunable gradient index of refraction device exhibiting aspherical wavefronts with low spherical aberrations for emerging applications in industrial or biomedical imaging, laser microprocessing, and metrology.
Scientific Lasers: With the Continuum, Inc. (Santa Clara, California) Horizon OPO, spectroscopists have one all-encompassing oscillator tool allowing them to take their experiments through the entire spectrum, instead of using multiple devices.
Test, Measurement, Metrology: Linden Photonics (Westfield, Massachusetts), in its Lindex Optics Cleaners utilize the same principles of the Van der Waals force that allows a gecko’s feet to stick to slick walls with the aid of tiny microhairs: contaminants such as carbon and oils stick to their highly absorptive fiber optics cleaning tool at a molecular level.
See the Prism Awards website for more information about the companies and their winning new products: http://www.photonicsprismawards.org.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreac
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