Nominations for International Laser Innovation Award announced

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Eight papers have been nominated for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis award on topics including silicon photonics, medical lasers and applications, laser measuring devices, lasers for and in micro machining, car body production and microlithography.

The nominees for the 2008 competition have been announced by the private foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung which has sponsored the prize since 2000. Eight nominees were selected from 33 applications and proposals from nine countries in Europe, Asia and North America. The submitted work for the 2008 competition covers a wide range of laser technology from photonics in communication and data storage via measuring devices, biophotonic imaging and medical lasers and applications, terahertz and ultrafast laser technology up to industrial laser material processing.

The nomination includes a diploma and sculpture. The individuals and representatives of groups are invited to Ditzingen, Germany, to present their innovations in person to a judging panel. Based on the presentations the panel will select three prize winners for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2008.  The diplomas, sculptures and prize money totalling €35,000 will be presented to the prize winners on 15 September 2008 at the award ceremony. The nominees of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2008 are: 

  • Development of a 2-Micron Solid-State Laser for Minimal Invasive Neuro-Endoscopy at Infants with Hydrocephalus and for Urology by Dr. Hans Christoph Ludwig, Dr. Thorsten Knobloch and Prof. Veit Rohde, from the Neurosurgical Clinic of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August-University, Germany, Dr. Heino-Otto Teichmann, from LISA laser products, Germany, Dr. Kevin Rostasy, Department of Paediatrics, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, Prof. Andreas Gross, Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany.

  • Development of Silicon Photonics: Si-Based Detector by Dr. Cary Gunn, Luxtera Corp., USA

  • Holographic Data Storage by Dr. Nicolas Stoeckel, Bayer, Germany, Dr. Friedrich Bruder, Bayer MaterialScience, Germany and Dr. Kevin Curtis, Dr. Lisa Dhar, Dr. Adrian Hill, Dr. William Wilson from InPhase Technologies, USA

  • Laser Doppler Distance Sensor and its Applications by Prof. Jürgen Czarske, Dr. Lars Büttner, Thorsten Pfister of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

  • Hybrid Analog-Digital and All-Digital Laser Beam Profiler: A Paradigm Shift in Laser Beam Profiling Technology by Prof. Nabeel Riza, College of Optics & Photonics CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA & Nuonics, USA

  • Ultrafast Laser Technology:  The Future of High-Precision Micro Machining in High-Volume Production by Dr. Jens König, Dr. Thorsten Bauer, Ulrich Graf, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany and Dr. Markus Willert, Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany

  • RobScan - Robot-Guided Remote Scanner Laser Welding by Berthold Hopf, Dr. Klaus Debschütz, Daimler, Germany

  • VUV Excimer Lasers for Advanced Microlithography by Dr. Richard Sandstrom, Dr. Bill Partlo, Cymer, USA