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Fresnel Prizes

These are the two EPS/QEOD prizes awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35. There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects.

2019 EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prize for applied aspects

The 2019 Fresnel Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Matteo Lucchini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, for "outstanding contributions in the field of attosecond science. In particular for seminal contribution in the investigation of attosecond electron dynamics in solid state materials".




Matteo Lucchini graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 2009 and obtained a PhD in Physics at the same institute in 2012 with a thesis on the development of new techniques for the generation of single attosecond pulses and their application to molecular dynamics. He then joined the Physics Department at ETH Zurich where he was awarded an ETH Zurich postdoctoral fellowship and started to investigate attosecond dynamics in solids with photo-emission and photo-absorption spectroscopy. At present he is Assistant Professor at the Physics Department of Politecnico di Milano where he is in charge of the scientific activities in the Attosecond Science Laboratories. His research interests include the study of sub-femtosecond electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and solids.


2019 EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prize for fundamental aspects


The 2019 Fresnel Prize for fundamental aspects is awarded to Carlos Hernández-García, University of Salamanca, Spain for "For pioneering contributions to the theory of high harmonic generation, uncovering new regimes of attosecond and zeptosecond waveforms and designer beams with orbital and spin angular momentum”.





Carlos Hernández-García is Senior Researcher (Ramón y Cajal fellow) in the Research Group in Photonics and Laser Applications (ALF-USAL) at University of Salamanca (Spain). He received his PhD in Physics in 2013 at the University of Salamanca (Spain). He was a Marie Curie postdoc fellow, and worked for two years as Research Associate at JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA).

His main research line is the development of theoretical models to understand and propose the generation of structured ultrafast laser pulses with designed angular momentum (both spin and orbital) properties, conveying strong field physics, attosecond science and high harmonic generation. He has published >40 peer-review articles, including several publications in Science, Nature Photonics or Phys. Rev. Lett. journals.

Fundamental Aspects Applied Aspects

Lu Chao-Yang
University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai, China
"For his outstanding achievement in quantum light sources, quantum teleportation and optical quantum computing".
Cédric Thaury
Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée (LOA, ENSTA-Ecole Polytechnique-CNRS), Palaiseau, France
"For his outstanding contribution improving electron beam quality with a single laser pulse in laser plasma accelerators".

Tim Hugo Taminiau
Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL
"For his fundamental contributions to nano-optics and quantum information science through the control of solid-state quantum emitters and spins".
Daniele Brida
University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
"For the development of broadly tunable few-optical-cycle laser sources and their application in the investigation of primary photo-induced processes in condensed matter systems".
Yu-Ao Chen
National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale & Dept of Modern Physics, Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
"For his outstanding achievements in the fields of multi-photon entanglement, quantum communication, quantum simulation based on manipulation of photons and atoms".

Gerasimos Konstantatos
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
"For his salient contributions to the science and technology of solution-processed quantum dots and their applications to a variety of optoelectronic devices with ground-breaking performances.
Philip Walther
University of Vienna, Austria
"For his outstanding achievements in the rapidly evolving field of photonic quantum computation and quantum simulation". 
Christelle Monat
Ecole Centrale de Lyon (ECL), France
"For her pioneering contributions in slow light nonlinear optics, photonic crystal microlasers and applications".  
Thomas Kippenberg
ETH Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
"For his research in ultra-high Q microresonators for optical frequency combs generation and for studying optomechanical phenomena". 
Romain Quidant 
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels, Spain
"For his work on engineering plasmon properties of metallic nanostructures to extend optical concepts and photonic functionalities down to the nanometer scale".
Markus Aspelmeyer
University of Vienna, Austria
"For his outstanding achievement in the fields of entanglement, quantum communication and quantum physics and nano-mechanical devices".
Jérôme Faure
Ecole Polytechnique-ENSTA-CNRS, Palaiseau, France
"For the application of high field lasers to laser plasma accelerators".
Jian-Wei Pan
Dept of Physics, University of Technology, China
"For his pioneering works on experimental demonstration of quantum teleportation, entanglement swapping, entanglement purification and multi-photon entanglement".
Fetah Benabid
Dept of Physics, University of Bath, UK
"For his pioneering work on the development of hollow core photonic crystal fibres and their application in laser-guidance of particles and ultra-low threshold stimulated Raman scattering in molecular gases".
Kjeld Eikema
Laser Centre, Dept of Physics & Astronomy Vrije Univesiteit, Amsterdam, NL
"For his production of pulsed narrowband tunable extreme UV laser radiation, and its application to accurately determine the Lamb shift in helium, and for production of cw Lyman-a laser radiation applied to spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen".
Stefano Longhi
Dipartimento di Fisica, 
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italia
"For his outstanding contributions to optics and photonics, especially for the developments of new ideas and techniques for laser pulse generation, manipulation and control at ultrahigh-repetition-rates using photonic grating structures".
Carlo Sirtori
Thales France
"For his outstanding and pioneering contribution to the birth and expansion of unipolar optoelectronics, in particular the plasmon enhanced waveguide and the first realisation of GaAs based quantum cascade lasers". 
Rüdiger Paschotta
ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
"For outstanding contributions to ultrafast all-solid-state lasers by pushing the frontiers in average power and pulse repetition rates by orders of magnitude".
Konrad Banaszek
Centre for Quantum Computation, 
Oxford, UK
"For his outstanding contributions to our understanding of non-classical light and its application in quantum information processing, especially advancing our understanding of highly correlated

\u201cbi-photons\u201d\u2013pairs of highly correlated photons such as those produced by down-convertors".
Ronald Holzwarth
Max Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
"For pioneering and revolutionary new technique to measure the frequency of light with extreme precision. The complex harmonic laser frequency chains of the past can now be replace by a simple compact mode-locked femtosecond laser". 
Fabien Bretenaker
Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers 
CNRS/Université de Rennes I, France
"For outstanding research in fundamental optical physics and multi-axis cavities leading to the demonstration of a two-frequency tuneable laser".

Arnaud Brignon
Thomson CSF, Laboratoire Central de Recherches, Orsay, France
"For outstanding research in the control of laser beam quality using non-linear interactions in the gain medium and in photorefractive crystals".

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