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Year 2015

“Fundamental Aspects”

The 2015 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Sir John Pendry, Professor of theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College London, United Kingdom.  The Prize is awarded to Professor Pendry for helping formulate rules on how to incorporate different kinds of materials with nanoscale structures to form larger scale metamaterials with exciting new optical properties not seen in nature.

Brief Biography
Sir John Brian Pendry is an English theoretical physicist educated at Downing College, Cambridge, UK, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in 1969. He is a professor of theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College London where he was Head of the Department of Physics (1998–2001) and Principal of the Faculty of Physical Sciences (2001–2002). John Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics. His most recent work has introduced a new class of materials, metamaterials, whose electromagnetic properties depend on their internal structure rather than their chemical constitution. Pendry discovered that a perfect lens manufactured from negatively refracting material would circumvent Abbe's diffraction limit to spatial resolution, which has stood for more than a century. His most recent innovation of transformation optics gives the metamaterial specifications required to rearrange electromagnetic field configurations at will, by representing the field distortions as a warping of the space in which they exist. In its simplest form the theory shows how we can direct field lines around a given obstacle and thus provide a cloak of invisibility. John Pendry’s outstanding contributions have been awarded by many prizes, among which the Dirac Prize (1996), the Knight Bachelor (2004), the Royal Medal (2006), the Isaac Newton Medal (2013) and the Kavli Prize (2014).
 
 
 
 
“Applied Aspects”
The 2015 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Bahram Javidi, Professor at the University of Connecticut, USA. The Prize is awarded to Professor Javidi for pioneering contributions to information optics, including 3D imaging, 3D displays, and 3D imaging of photon starved scenes.
 
Brief Biography
Bahram Javidi received the B.S. degree from George Washington University and the Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in electrical engineering. He is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Javidi’s interests are in a broad range of transformative imaging approaches using optics and photonics, and he has made seminal contributions to passive and active multi-dimensional imaging from nano- to micro- and macroscales. His recent research activities include 3D visualization and recognition of objects in photon-starved environments using passive imaging; automated disease identification using biophotonics with low cost compact sensors for use in developing countries; information security, encryption, and authentication using quantum imaging; non-planar flexible 3D image sensing, and bio-inspired imaging. Prof. Javidi has been recognized for his outstanding achievements in a multitude of different ways. He has been named Fellow of eight societies, including IEEE, OSA, SPIE, EOS, and IoP. Early in his career, the National Science Foundation (USA) named him a Presidential Young Investigator. Prof. Javidi has received the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Wave Technologies (2005) and the SPIE Technology Achievement Award (2008). In 2008, he was awarded the IEEE Donald G. Fink Paper Prize (2008), and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow Award. In 2007, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) awarded Prof. Javidi the Humboldt Prize.

Fundamental Aspects

Applied aspects

Year 2013 
Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Maciej Lewenstein

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The 2013 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Maciej Lewenstein, ICREA Research Professor and Head of the Quantum Optics Theory Group at The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain. The prize is awarded to Professor Lewenstein “For outstanding contributions to several areas of theoretical quantum optics and to the use of quantum gases for quantum information and to attosecond optics.”
Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Federico Capasso

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The 2013 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Federico Capasso, Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, MA, USA.  The Prize is awarded to Professor Capasso “For seminal contributions to the invention and demonstration of the quantum cascade laser”.
 
Year 2011 
Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Immanuel Bloch

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The 2011 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Immanuel Bloch, scientific director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching and professor for experimental physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. The prize is awarded to Professor Bloch for “pioneering work on exploring quantum many-body systems using ultracold quantum gases for quantum simulation and quantum information applications.” 

Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Ursula Keller

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The 2011 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Ursula Keller, Professor in the Physics Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The Prize is awarded to Professor Keller for “seminal contributions to ultrafast solid-state lasers, telecommunications, metrology, and attosecond science”.

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Year 2009 
Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Alain Aspect

The 2009 Senior Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Alain Aspect, French CNRS Distinguished Researcher, and Professor at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School and at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau near Paris. Alain Aspect is a member of both the French Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Technologies, and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Aspect has made numerous contributions to the fields of quantum and atom optics, and it was his seminal experiments in 1982 that confirmed the counterintuitive nature of quantum entanglement to which Einstein himself had objected. These results paved the way for the modern research revolution in quantum information processing, and the development of technologies such as quantum cryptography and quantum computing. Since then he has performed numerous other pioneering studies in the fields of both quantum and atom optics, and his work has included – between 1985 and 1992 – a highly significant collaboration on laser cooling of atoms together with 1997 Nobel prize winner Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.

Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Thomas Ebbesen

The 2009 Senior Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Thomas Ebbesen, Professor at the University of Strasbourg in France, and Director of ISIS, a multidisciplinary research institute funded both by the University and the French CNRS. Thomas Ebbesen is also a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Ebbesen has carried out research into a range of topics in physics and chemistry, including novel carbon materials and superconductivity. The Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize is awarded for his work carried out since the early 1990s into the novel optical properties of nanostructured metals and in particular for his discovery of how light can be efficently transmitted through subwavelength holes. His pioneering experiments have greatly contributed to the emergence of the field of surface plasmon photonics. Ebbesen’s work is at the interface of nanoscience and photonics, and impacts on numerous strategic technologies such as opto-electronics, optical communications and sensing.

 
Year 2007 
Anton Zeilinger
Universität Wien,
Austria
"For his many seminal contributions to the foundations of quantum optics and quantum information science."
Mordechai Segev
Technion, Haifa,
Israel
"For his pioneering contributions in the field of light propagation in nonlinear media, in particular regarding spatial solitons in photorefractive materials, incoherent solitons, and nonlinear waves in periodic structures."
Year 2005 
Ignacio Cirac
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik,
Garching, Germany
"For groundbreaking theoretical work on quantum information processing and on quantum gases; including pioneering proposals for quantum computation, quantum repeaters, quantum simulations, and quantum phase transitions in ultra-cold atoms."
Gerd Leuchs
Max Planck Research Group,
University of Erlangen, Germany
"For the efficient generation of optical pulses for quantum communication by fiber optics techniques at telecommunications wavelengths and very high bit rates and unprecedented quantum noise reduction and entanglement."
Year 2003 
Luigi Lugiato
Dipartimento di Scienze,
Universita dell'Insubria Como, Italia.
"For pioneering theoretical contributions to the fields of optical bistability and instabilities, optical pattern formation and cavity solitons, squeezing and quantum imaging".
Gunter Huber
Institut für Laser-Physik,
Universität Hamburg, Germany
"For his outstanding and numerous contributions to physics of solid-state lasers and spectroscopy of laser crystals".
Year 2002 
Serge Haroche
Ecole Normale Supérieure and
Collège de France
"For his pioneering investigations in Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics. Quantum Information and Decoherence".
Wilson Sibbett
St. Andrews Univerity, Scotland

"For his major contributions to the development and application of ultrashort light pulse techniques, and in particular to the development of self-mode-locked lasers".
Year 2001 
Theodor W. Hänsch
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Garching, Germany
"For his innovative contributions to laser spectroscopy, in particular regarding precision spectroscopy of hydrogen"
Algis Petras Piskarskas
Vilnius University, Dept. of Physics,
Lithuania
"For his his pioneering research and development of ultrashort pulsed light sources based on optical parametric generation and oscillation".
Year 2000 
Herbert Walther
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
"For the creation of the micromaser and the realisation of ionic crystals in traps"
David Hanna
Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton, UK
"For his outstanding and numerous contributions to solid state laser physics and non-linear optics"
Year 1998 
Vladilen Letokhov

"For pioneering and far-reaching contributions to the study of laser/matter interactions including atom optics, laser cooling, laser induced chemistry and laser analytical techniques"
Orazio Svelto

"For pioneering and outstanding continuing activity in the fields of ultrashort laser pulses and solid state lasers".
Year 1996 
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

"For developing the dressed-atom approach in quantum optics and for fundamental contributions to the understanding of radiative forces with ground-breaking experiments in laser cooling and trapping of atoms".
Sune Svanberg

"For pioneering laser applications in the fields of combustion diagnostics, remote sensing and biomedicine".

 

 

 

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