This is a great success for the Bordeaux photonics ecosystem and the Route des Lasers competitiveness cluster!
Among the 9 international winners, two companies from the Gironde Route des Lasers cluster, First Light Imaging and Lytid, have just collected the most prestigious award, the Prism Award for Photonics Innovation, during the Photonics West trade show held in San Francisco from 13 to 18 February.
Every year the Prism Awards reward the best international innovations in photonics.
The company First Light Imaging, a member of the Route des Lasers® competitiveness cluster since 2011, was the winner in the “Cameras & Imaging” category, for its C-RED One camera, the fastest and most sensitive infrared scientific camera in the world.
This prize for the C-RED One, due to go on sale next summer, is an honour for the management of First Light Imaging, and recognition for French R&D in a very global market.
TeraCascade, the terahertz laser source developed and marketed by the Lytid, was selected from among the three 2016 Prism Awards finalists in the Scientific Lasers category.
TeraCascade is a compact, powerful terahertz source, which is user-friendly and based on the latest developments in “quantum cascade laser” technology. It has a quasi-Gaussian beam profile and little beam divergence, making it optimal for imaging applications.
Every year, the global Photonics West event is an opportunity for the Route des Lasers® Competitiveness Cluster to support Bordeaux companies.
Among those supported in 2016: Amplitude Systèmes, Argolight and Imagine Optic on the BIOS stand and ALPhANOV, Muquans, Azur Light Systems, ISP System, Nethis, Spark Lasers, Lytid and Aurea Technology and FemtoEasy on the Photonics West stand.
(Source: Invest in Bordeaux, Route des Lasers Cluster, Prism Awards 2016)