The votes are in and the winners of the 2008 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected.

For each of the eight issues of PTB, the editors choose a Product of the Month. That product exhibits exceptional technical merit and practical value for our readers. At the end of the year those eight products are placed on a ballot on the PTB Web site, and our readers choose the products they feel were the most significant new introductions to the photonics engineering community in 2008.

The 2008 PTB Products of the Year are:

DILAS (Tucson, AZ)

Based on a single diode laser array, these new conduction-cooled, fiber-coupled diode laser modules are the first commercially available 1940nm high-power diode laser arrays with wall plug efficiencies (WPE) of >10-percent. They generate output power of 6W, 12W, and 18W using a standard 600μm fiber bundle with a numerical aperture of

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HGH Infrared Systems (Igny, France)

The IR Revolution 360 is a 20° vertical, 360° horizontal field of view (FOV) panoramic infrared camera for security and surveillance. The sensor contains approximately 3 million pixels (10,000 x 288). The detector is based on mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) imaging technology and operates in the 8-12 micron wavelength, the long-wave infrared (LWIR) region. The high sensitivity (

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Keyence Corp. (Woodcliff Lake, NJ)

The VK-9700 is a color 3D laser scanning confocal microscope. Features include 18,000x magnification and 0.001 μm precision, 3D imaging, and superior color performance with operational simplicity. The VK-9700 performs a variety of non-contact 3D measurements that include surface profile, roughness, 3D, and comparative measurements. The 3D display works with the virtual trackball method and the use of a computer mouse to control the viewing angle, lighting angle, zoom level and Z-axis height.

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