NKT Photonics wins award for supercontinuum laser that enables seeing the invisible

NKT Photonics IR SuperK infrared (IR) supercontinuum laser

NKT Photonics (Birkerød, Denmark) project manager Lasse Leick has received the 2012 Pasteur Award for work on a new infrared (IR) supercontinuum laser that can illuminate what was previously invisible, with potential use in cancer research, disease detection, and food safety. The laser, called the IR SuperK, was developed in partnership with Aarhus University and the Technical University of Denmark, and the project was part-funded by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.

The IR SuperK laser’s powerful IR light enables molecules to be identified and analyzed significantly faster than before. Its widened spectrum makes it possible, for example, to examine tissue samples and see whether cells will subsequently develop cancer. The IR light can also reveal the molecular composition of a food product and thereby show immediately whether or not it is safe.

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