Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

Past Winners



Daylight Solutions
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.

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AUREA Technology
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).

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.

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KMLabs (Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories)
Wyvern-HE compact femtosecond Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier system
For the development of the Wyvern-HE – a smaller, single-stage, single-pump Ti:sapphire ultrafast amplifier delivering performance (9mJ @ 1kHz, with adjustable repetition rate) that has historically only been possible with much larger and more expensive multi-stage designs.

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Femtolasers Produktions GmbH
First portable ultrafast Ti:Sapphire laser for biomedical applications
For the development of the INTEGRALTM CoreTM, the smallest commercially available sub-8 fs ultrafast Ti:Sapphire laser delivering 200 mW average power with 300 MHz pulse repetition rate for Terahertz, multiphoton microscopy, OCT, and spectroscopy applications.

Princeton Instruments
IsoPlane next-generation, aberration-free spectrograph
For the development of the IsoPlane SCT 320 Schmidt-Czerny-Turner spectrograph that overcomes the limitations of traditional Czerny-Turner designs by totally eliminating field astigmatism and greatly reducing coma and spherical aberration.

TAG Optics
TAG Lens 2.0: Using sound to shape light
For the development of an ultra-high-speed varifocal lens that can extend the depth-of-field of conventional optical systems and enable user-selected focal lengths in micro-seconds through acoustic refractive-index changes.



BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc.
Versatility Through Adaptive Optics
For the development of femtoAdaptiv™: the first ultrafast laser capable of adaptive pulse self-compression that delivers ultrashort (sub-10 fs) pulses at the focal plane of a microscope objective.

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Attocube Systems AG
Novel Fiber-Based Interferometric Displacement Sensor System
For the development of an extremely compact, non-invasive, and multiple-channel interferometric displacement sensor system capable of detecting spatial position change of a device in translational motion with high precision.

Holmium Doped Active Optical Fibers Enabling High Power 2.1 μm Fiber Lasers
For the development of the world’s first high-power silica fiber laser operating at near-IR wavelengths beyond 2.1 μm with more than 60 percent efficiency.



Applied Research and Photonics, Inc.
CW Terahertz Scanning Reflectometer for Direct Measurements of Diffusion Gradient and Kinetics
For the development of a highly sensitive, low-power terahertz scanning reflectometer capable of directly measuring both the concentration gradient and kinetics of permeation of an ingredient across the thickness of a substrate in real time and in a non-invasive fashion.

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AdValue Photonics, Inc.
2 Micron Q-Switched Fiber Laser
For the development of a 2-micron Q-switched fiber laser enabling novel applications in LIDAR, mid-IR wavelength generation, sensing, materials processing, and more.

ID Quantique
Advanced System for Single Photon Detection
For the development of an InGaAs/InP-based photon counter for telecom wavelengths that will enable further developments in applications such as cryptography, single-photon source characterization, and  eye-safe LIDAR.



NTT Advanced Technology Corporation
KTN Voltage-Controlled Laser Beam Scanner Using KTN Crystals
For its development of a very broad-wavelength-range (532-4000 nm), voltage-controlled laser beam scanner with no moving parts that is 100 times faster and 100 times smaller than conventional scanners.

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Femtolasers GmbH
CEP-Stabilized FEMTOPOWER V for Few-Cycle Pulse Generation
For the FEMTOPOWER V carrier-envelope-phase (CEP)-stabilized booster amplifier that generates high-power, few-cycle laser pulses critical to the attosecond science community.

General Photonics Corporation
PMDPro Polarization Mode Dispersion Analyzer for Communications Networks
For the development of a compact, all-digital, inexpensive test instrument that both generates and compensates for the effects of PMD in high-speed, in-service communications networks.

TOPTICA Photonics AG
High-Power Tunable Laser Source for Sodium Spectroscopy and Other Applications
For the creation of a tunable, narrow-linewidth, high-power (30 W), 589 nm yellow laser for guide star, spectroscopy, LIDAR, phototherapy, and other visible and near-IR applications.

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