BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. Receives 2012 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award


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BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. Receives 2012 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award

Award-winning ultrafast laser has applications in biomedical imaging, metrology, chemical sensing, and fundamental research

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WASHINGTON, March 29—The CLEO: 2012 co-sponsors (APS, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA) and Laser Focus World today announced BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award. The award recognizes the company "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."BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc. will accept the award at the CLEO Plenary Session Tuesday, May 8 at 8 a.m. in the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

Since multiphoton microscopy was first demonstrated in 1990, it has been known that lasers with shorter pulses yield brighter images and cause less thermal damage; however, laser companies are yet to produce a source capable of delivering ultrashort (sub-10 fs) transform-limited laser pulses at the focal plane of a microscope objective. Ideally, a stable broadband laser source would need to be seamlessly coupled to a computer controller that automatically measures and pre-chirps the output to deliver transform-limited pulses at the microscope imaging plane. To address this, BioPhotonic Solutions, Inc., in close partnership with VENTEON Laser Technologies GmbH, developed femtoAdaptiv, the first ultrafast laser capable of adaptive pulse self- compression.

The femtoAdaptiv can control the output center wavelength (from 650 to 1050 nm) and pulse duration (from 5 to 500 fs) in a few milliseconds without moving parts. It delivers order-of-magnitude shorter laser pulses, and therefore brighter images, when the system is used for multiphoton imaging modalities. Furthermore, the built-in pulse shaping capabilities will allow the implementation of additional imaging techniques, such as single-beam CARS or SRS micro-spectroscopy, without requiring an additional laser.

Possible applications of the femtoAdaptiv include biomedical imaging, optical coherence tomography and metrology in academic research and development laboratories. The laser can be used as a seed laser and integrated with an amplifier to generate intense sub-10fs pulses to broaden its applications to areas such as ultra-broad-bandwidth terahertz spectroscopy, sensing of chemical and biological warfare agents or explosives, and attosecond science.

"We are very pleased the femtoAdaptiv has been acknowledged in the industry as a breakthrough innovation," said Marcos Dantus, President and CEO of BioPhotonic Solutions. "This integrated system was designed to provide maximum versatility and performance while eliminating mechanical adjustments. We are pleased to offer this new adaptive technology to our customers. Thank you to CLEO and Laser Focus World for recognizing us with this honor."

In addition to BioPhotonic Solutions’ winning entry, two other products will be recognized during the CLEO Plenary Session with honorable mentions:

  • 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.

  • Nufern
    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.

"The CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards are a great way to see the latest up-and-coming products in the laser and electro-optics industry," said Conard Holton, editor-in-chief, Laser Focus World. "Each year, the winners and honorable mentions showcase what is possible in today’s market, often providing a look into what the future of the field holds. We were very impressed with all of this year’s submissions and congratulate BioPhotonic Solutions on their award-winning laser system."

The annual CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards Program honors the most timely, ground-breaking products in the field of laser science. Designed to showcase some of the most significant new products in the field, Innovation Award entries are evaluated on criteria critical to product success: impact, functionality, life expectancy, effect on the optics industry, innovation, and patents or trademarks.

About CLEO

With a distinguished history as the industry’s leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO: 2012 will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO: 2012 provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO: 2012 connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at www.cleoconference.org.

About Laser Focus World

Published since 1965, Laser Focus World is a global media franchise for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals that provides comprehensive global coverage of optoelectronic and photonic technologies, applications, and markets. The magazine and its related web site (www.laserfocusworld.com) reports on and analyzes the latest developments and trends in technology and business in the worldwide optoelectronic and photonics industry.

About PennWell Corporation

The publisher of Laser Focus World, PennWell Corporation is a diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following global industries: oil and gas, electric power, water, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiber optics, computer graphics, enterprise storage, information technology, fire, emergency services and dental.  Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes 75 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, directories, web sites, research, and database services.  In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company has offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England and other locations worldwide.

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