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Deadline to Apply for Laser Innovations Prize is Nov. 30

Photonics.com
Oct 2007
Applications and proposals are being accepted for the international 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis ("innovation prize") for outstanding research and development in applied laser technology. The private foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH of Ditzingen, Germany, has granted the prize for innovations in the application or generation of laser light in any field biennially since 2000. A total of €35,000 (about $50,000) is awarded to the three winners (first prize €20,000, second prize €10,000 and third prize €5000). Nominees will present their work during a foundation jury session in April 2008. Winning innovations in the past include new sources of laser light, such as disk and fiber lasers; laser scalpels for lung cancer surgery; and a new microscopy procedure for cell research. In 2006 first place was awarded to Karin and Raimund Schütze, founders of PALM Microlaser Technologies GmbH, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH, for their development of new laser technology for biomedical research. Berthold Leibinger, who established the foundation, is chairman of the supervisory board of Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30; for more information or to apply for the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis, visit: www.leibinger-stiftung.de


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cell
1. A single unit in a device for changing radiant energy to electrical energy or for controlling current flow in a circuit. 2. A single unit in a device whose resistance varies with radiant energy. 3. A single unit of a battery, primary or secondary, for converting chemical energy into electrical energy. 4. A simple unit of storage in a computer. 5. A limited region of space. 6. Part of a lens barrel holding one or more lenses.
fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
light
Electromagnetic radiation detectable by the eye, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 750 nm. In photonic applications light can be considered to cover the nonvisible portion of the spectrum which includes the ultraviolet and the infrared.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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