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SPIE Prism Awards
August 12, 2008

The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and Laurin Publishing have announced the establishment of a new awards program for photonics innovation. The first annual Prism Awards, to be presented January 28th, 2009 at SPIE Photonics West, will recognize the most innovative products and technologies for the photonics industry.

The global competition, with categories for innovations in optics, lasers, imaging systems, metrology and more, will be judged by a distinguished panel of technology experts in their respective fields.

Applications for the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation must be received by September 12th, 2008 to be considered. Finalists will be notified in late December and announced in the January issue of Photonics Spectra magazine.

Judging will be based on the problem that the innovation addresses, its novelty or uniqueness, and the depth of its practical results (for example, improved health potential resulting from a biophotonics technology or product). Judges will also consider the significant milestones that the product or process has achieved.

Awards will be considered in:

• Optics

• Lasers

• Other Light Sources

• Detectors, Sensing, and Imaging Systems

• Analytical, Test, and Measurement

• Photonics Systems

• Photonics Processes

• Sustainability and Green Technology

• Life Sciences.

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