Princeton Instruments’ IsoPlane imaging spectrograph has won SPIE’s Prism Award for Photonics Innovation in the category of detectors, sensing, imaging and cameras.
This prestigious photonics industry award was presented by SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) and Photonics Media at a gala evening ceremony during the Photonics West conference in San Francisco. The award was established to recognise exceptional innovation in the photonics industry.
The IsoPlane features an optical design that eliminates field astigmatism and greatly reduces the spherical aberration and coma inherent in the design of the Czerny-Turner spectrograph. It produces images that are clearer and sharper across the focal plane than any comparable spectrograph on the market.
As a result, more photons hit fewer pixels, significantly increasing the effective signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of spectra. Thanks to its superior imaging ability, the IsoPlane eliminates cross talk in multi-channel spectroscopy and allows multiple fibres to be spatially and spectrally resolved.
Ravi Guntupalli, vice president of sales and marketing at Princeton, said: 'We are thrilled that the IsoPlane has been recognised with the prestigious Prism award by SPIE and Photonics Media. The design of an imaging spectrograph has largely been unchanged over a quarter century until the arrival of IsoPlane. With exceptional imaging and spectral performance, it is clearly the reference standard for all research-grade spectrographs.'