CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award Winners

Innovation Awards

Each year, the highly competitive CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards Program honors the most timely, groundbreaking products in the field of laser science. Designed to showcase some of the most significant new products, Innovation Award entries are evaluated on criteria critical to product success, such as innovation, functionality and life expectancy.

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.


Innovation AwardDaylight Solutions Microscope

Daylight Solutions - Booth 2125
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.

Daylight Solutions Spero Microscopic view 1 Microscopic view 2

Innovation Award

 AUREA Technology - Booth 1924
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).


 Innovation Award

HÜBNER GmbH & Co.KG - Booth 2327
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.