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2010 Prism Award Finalists Named

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The finalists have been named for the 2010 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, an international competition sponsored by Photonics Media and SPIE to recognize photonics products that break conventional ideas, solve problems and improve life through the generation and harnessing of light.

The 2010 finalists, listed in alphabetical order by company, are:

Defense and Security

Block Engineering                                                                   LaserScan QCL-based Spectrometers 
CVI Melles Griot                                                                     Xsquared™ High Extinction Plate Polarizer 
Headwall Photonics Inc.                                                          Hyperspec Point and Stare sensor

Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.                                        Electronically Steerable Flash Lidar 
General Electric                                                                    TrueSense Personal Water Analytics 
Specim—Spectral Imaging Ltd.                                                 Thermal hyperspectral imagers

Industrial Lasers

Amplitude Systemes                                                              Tangerine ultrafast fiber laser
IPG Photonics                                                                        Long pulse fiber lasers YLR-150 1500-QCW-AC 
Raydiance                                                                             Smart Light Active Pulse Management

Information and Communication

PHOTONIS USA                                                                       Optical Receiver Module 
Pixel Qi Corp.                                                                       3Qi TFT LCD screen with LED backlight
Third applicant                                                                      Application disqualified

Life Sciences and Biophotonics

Genia Photonics                                                                     Synchronized Programmable Ps Fiber Laser
JenLab GmbH                                                                        MPTflex 
PHOTONIS USA                                                                       Gen2 UltraFast™ Time-of-Flight Detector

Optics and Optical Components

Edmund Optics                                                                     TECHSPEC Plastic Hybrid Aspheric Lenses 
Molecular Technology GmbH (MolTech)                                   Focal-πShaper Beam Shaping Optics 
Semrock                                                                               VersaChrome Tunable Bandpass Filters

Other Light Sources

Energetiq Technology Inc.                                                     EQ-99 LDLS™ Laser-Driven Light Source
Innovations in Optics Inc.                                                      1240B-100 UltraViolet LED Projector
Texas Instruments DLP                                                          DLP LightCommander

Scientific Lasers

Coherent Inc.                                                                       Legend Elite Duo HP 
EKSPLA                                                                               NT200 series ns tunable wavelength lasers 
MPB Communications/European Southern Observatory             Visible Raman Fiber Amplifier

Test, Measurement, Metrology

4D Technology Corp.                                                            PhaseCam Sq Dynamic White Light Interferometer 
Anasys Instruments Corp.                                                      nanoIR 
EXFO Life Sciences & Industrial Div. (now Lumen Dynamics)     X-Cite XP750

The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of industry experts. The winners will be announced during a gala ceremony held during SPIE Photonics West 2011.

For more information, visit: View last year's winners here.
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