We are pleased to announce the following winners for the 2014 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards. See video interviews from the 2014 CLEO winners.
First laser-based infrared microscopy platform
For the development of Spero™, the first laser-based infrared microscope that delivers high-resolution (< 5 µm) images over a wide field of view in a compact, broadly tunable, turnkey instrument with rapid “live mode” imaging at 30 fps.
Spero™ is the first laser‐based infrared microscopy platform and represents a breakthrough in high‐performance spectral imaging. Combining the latest high‐power, broadband quantum cascade laser (QCL) sources and a new family of high‐NA, wide‐field objectives, it significantly outperforms existing Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscopes in traditional metrics such as spatial resolution, speed, signal‐to‐noise ratio (SNR) and field‐of‐view (FOV), while also enabling new functionality such as live video absorbance contrast imaging and rapid sparse data collection.
These new capabilities, combined with a small desktop footprint and the elimination of cryogenic cooling, enable new applications and serve market needs unmet by FTIR –based solutions. Further, Spero offers a modern data collection and analysis work flow through its user-centric and context-aware software, ChemVision™, which supports applications in a variety of fields from cancer diagnostics and drug discovery to materials research and semiconductor defect analysis.
First commercial high-brightness twin-photon source
For the development of the high-brightness Twin-Photon Source called TPS_1550, an integrated 1550 nm photon-pair source for scientists and engineers developing quantum optics technologies, which creates entangled photons on demand with excellent spectral brightness (> 10^5 photons/s/pm), emission bandwidth (6 GHz-7 THz) and high stability (5 pm).
HÜBNER GmbH & Co.KG
First full-visible-range tunable CW optical parametric oscillator
For C-WAVE, the first coherent continuous-wave source with optical parametric oscillation and frequency doubling combined in one cavity for tuning across the visible range without any change of laser materials or components, offering an improved ease-of-use tool for spectroscopy applications.