Prism Award


The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, presented by SPIE & Photonics Media

2017 Prism Awards

SERS detection module
Entry for the 2017 Prism Award, Detectors & Sensors category

The SERS (surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy) detection module is a Raman spectrometer about the size of a deck of cards, and it is designed as a component for in situ Raman instruments, not as an analytical instrument itself. The module (part number C13560) is fully integrated with an image sensor, laser, grating, and other components. When coupled with a specially designed Hamamatsu SERS substrate, the system offers sensitivity and selectivity similar to large lab-based instruments, which is an important step towards taking the lab to the field.
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W-VIEW GEMINI-2C image splitting optics
Entry for the 2017 Prism Award, Imaging & Cameras category

The W-VIEW GEMINI-2C is the first dual camera, simultaneous dual wavelength imaging device that is engineered with the precision required for super-resolution experiments. In addition, the design permits access to the pupil plane and offers x, y, and z alignment of optical elements placed in the pupil plane. With this access and alignment control, investigators can manipulate the optics to increase the information content of each image. Possible applications include 3D imaging (using Double Helix, astigmatism, or biplane methods), hyperspectral imaging, polarization imaging, and extended depth of field imaging. In addition, the 4f optics of the W-VIEW GEMINI-2C permits stacking of multiple devices to achieve tri and quad simultaneous wavelength image acquisitions.
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2016 Prism Awards

MEMS-FPI spectrum sensor
Finalist for the 2016 Prism Award, Detectors & Sensors category

The MEMS-FPI spectrum sensor is a more compact and less expensive option for measuring NIR spectra than a multichannel detector and associated optics. It features an InGaAs PIN photodiode and a miniature Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) that scans through a range of NIR wavelengths, currently from 1550 nm to 1850 nm. The FPI is fabricated using MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology, making the interferometer compact enough to fit into a small TO-5 metal can package. The package is also hermetically sealed, so the sensor is resistant against humidity, an advantage over traditional spectrometers. The MEMS-FPI sensor’s small size is conducive to handheld or portable instrumentation.
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2015 Prism Awards

Winner of the 2015 Prism Award, Detectors & Sensors category

Our micro-spectrometer is a UV/VIS spectrometer about the size of a fingertip. It can be integrated into equipment and instruments, or connected to mobile devices to perform handheld spectral measurements. Its miniature components fabricated using MOEMS (micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems) technology, such as the slit etched into silicon and the nanoimprinted grating, allow it to be a fraction of the size of traditional micro-spectrometers. In addition, its hermetically sealed package makes it usable in adverse environments (e.g., high humidity) that traditional spectrometers do not tolerate well.

Micro-spectrometers are available in two spectral response ranges. Circuit boards for simple evaluations of the micro-spectrometers are also available.

See the C12666MA micro-spectrometer (340 - 780 nm response)
See the C12880MA micro-spectrometer (340 - 850 nm response)

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