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  • This Is Your Time to Be Recognized!

Sep 2013
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Hurry. Time is running out. The Prism Awards, an international competition recognizing cutting-edge products that break conventional ideas, solve problems and improve life through photonics, is accepting entries for the 2014 competition. Applications are due Sept. 20.

If you recently introduced an innovative light-based technology or product, enter it today in one of these categories:

• Advanced manufacturing

• Defense and security

• Detectors, sensing, imaging and cameras

• Energy

• Industrial lasers

• Information and communication

• Other light sources

• Life sciences and biophotonics

• Optics and optical components

• Scientific lasers

• Test, measurement and metrology

The Prism Awards are presented annually by SPIE and Photonics Media, publisher of EuroPhotonics. For complete details and an entry form, please visit

Inside this Issue

In our cover story, “Wafer-Scale Micro-Optics Fulfill Promise,” author Dr. Reinhard Voelkel of Suss MicroOptics SA explains that “micro-optics is real, mature and part of our everyday lives,” and he discusses applications for wafer-level fabrication of the ubiquitous technology. Read the feature beginning on page 20.

Contributing editor Marie Freebody delivers the latest on optical sensors that enable industry to monitor manufacturing processes in real time. In her feature, “Optical Sensors Speed Up Production Lines,” she reports that, “Photonics has given industrial manufacturing a precision factor that previously was impossible to implement.” Among the many production applications for optical sensors are IR light curtains, intelligent lighting, IR touch switches, proximity sensors and transmissive sensors for motor applications. Read the article beginning on page 24.

Data centers and other large data transfer applications are making good use of a new generation of multimode splitters, according to the authors of “Multimode Splitters Improve Data Transmission,” beginning on page 27. Dr. Maria Kufner and Dr. Stefan Kufner of Leoni Fiber Optics GmbH, and freelance writer Dr. Barbara Stumpp, explain the disadvantages of previous splitter technologies and the current state of development. Also discussed are applications that will take advantage of coming advancements, including offices and data centers currently sending data over copper cables.

Another feature comes to us from authors Luc Augustin, Meint Smit, Norbert Grote, Mike Wale and Richard Visser, representing Eindhoven University of Technology, Smart Photonics BV, Fraunhofer HHI and Oclaro. “Standardized Process Could Revolutionize Photonic Integration” suggests that a revolutionary approach to photonic integrated circuit production is essentially a generic foundry one, which has served the microelectronics industry well. The authors say that highly standardized photonic integration processes enabling application-specific photonic integrated circuits from a small set of building blocks could lead to dramatic development cost reductions. The feature starts on page 30.

This issue of EuroPhotonics will travel to two shows in October: OPTO, an optics and photonics event, will be held in Paris 8-10 October. More information is available at Photonex, now in its 22nd year, is scheduled for 16-17 October, in Coventry, England. It will include a Nano- and Bio-Imaging program focusing on the latest biophotonic applications. Complete details can be found at

Enjoy the upcoming events and the issue.

Tiny (less than 2 mm in diameter) lenses, beamsplitters and other optical components used, for example, in endoscopes or microscopes or to focus light from semiconductor lasers and optical fibers.
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