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QEOD Thesis Prizes

Since 2007 EPS/QEOD thesis prizes are awarded on a biennial basis for the best-nominated Ph.D thesis in the area of quantum electronics and optics submitted in the two years prior to the CLEO®/Europe-I(E)QEC meetings. These prizes will be awarded for fundamental and for applied aspects.

Fundamental aspects


Applied aspects


Tim Langen, JILA, University of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO, USA, for his work on non-equilibrium dynamics of one-dimensional Bose gases.


The 2015 Thesis Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Tobias Herr, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), Time and Frequency Division, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, for his work on solitons and dynamics of frequency comb formation in optical microresonators.


LangenBrief Biography
Tim Langen is currently a Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellow at JILA, Boulder. His research interests include atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum many-body systems. He graduated as a PhD from TU Vienna in 2013, where he was a CoQuS PhD fellow at the Atominstitut and the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology. During his PhD he has also been a visiting researcher at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. His thesis work on the non-equilibrium dynamics of one-dimensional Bose gases yielded important insights into the relationship between microscopic quantum dynamics and thermalization in statistical physics. As an undergraduate he studied physics in Mainz and Marseille and obtained his diploma from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz.


TobiasBrief Biography
Tobias Herr 
is a researcher at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), Time and Frequency Division, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His research interests are time and frequency metrology, non-linear optics, laser spectroscopy and applications in astronomy. He obtained his PhD under the supervision of T. J. Kippenberg at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2013, after having worked before at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (2009 – 2010).  His thesis is entitled “Solitons and dynamics of frequency comb formation in optical microresonators”. He obtained his Diploma/Master in Physics in 2008 from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.


Søren Raza, Centre for Nano Optics at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, for his work on probing plasmonic nanostructures with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS).

RazaBrief Biography
Søren Raza received my Master’s and PhD degree in physics from the Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik) at the Technical University of Denmark in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Søren has specialized in the general field of nanophotonics, in particular nanoplasmonics.
The topic of his Bachelor’s thesis was photonic crystals and slow-light effects. In his Master’s thesis, he studied the interaction of light with metallic nanostructures, a field in physics known as plasmonics. During his PhD, he continued with the subject from his Master’s thesis and amended his theoretical work with experimental results using the measurement technique known as electron energy-loss spectroscopy.
Søren Raza is currently employed as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi in the Centre for Nano Optics at the University of Southern Denmark.


The 2015 Thesis Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Pete Shadbolt, Quantum Optics & Laser Science Group, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, for his work on complexity and control in quantum photonics.

shaboldtBrief Biography
Pete Shadbolt is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Controlled Quantum Dynamics, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. He completed his PhD in January 2014 at the University of Bristol, where he worked on experimental optical quantum computing using waveguides. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Leeds. Peter’s current research focuses large-scale architectures for linear-optical quantum computing, as well as potential applications including quantum chemistry and machine learning.



Pascal Del'Haye, PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany
Discovery and development of microresonator based frequency combs
Florian Kaiser, PhD from Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France
Experimental study on photonic entanglement engineering and its application in quantum information technology and in fundamental quantum optics.
Thomas Monz, PhD from University of Innsbruck, Institute for Experimental Physics, Innsbruck, Austria
Quantum information processing beyond ten ion-qubits.
Clara Saraceno, PhD from ETH Zurich, Zurich / University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Cutting-edge high-power ultrafast thin-disk oscillators.


Simon Gröblacher
PhD from University of Vienna,
Quantum opto-mechanics with micromirrors

Maiken H. Mikkelsen
PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara,
Single electron spin dynamics in semiconductors

Albert Schliesser
PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,
Silica Whispering-Gallery-Mode Microresonators

Alberto Politi
PhD from University of Bristol,
Integrated Quantum Photonics.

Pavel Ginzburg
PhD from Technion, Israel,
Novel Nanophotonic Devices (joint with A. Hayat)

Alex Hayat

PhD from Technion, Israel,
Semiconductor quantum photonics (joint with P Ginzburg)


Fernando G.S.L. Brandao,
PhD from Imperial College London.
Quantum information theory

Alexei Ourjoumtsev,
PhD from Institut d’Optique/ University Paris XI.
Novel quantum states of Light

John C Travers,
PhD from Imperial College London.
Fibre supercontinuum generation

Deran Maas,
PhD from ETH Zurich.
Novel pulsed semiconductor lasers


Axel Griesmaier
University of Stuttgart
Dipole-dipole interaction in a degenerate quantum gas

Giuseppe Della Valle
Politecnico of Milan
Photonic devices at 1.5 µm manufactured by ion exchange and femtosecond laser writing

Jacob Sherson
Univ. of Århus and Univ. of Copenhagen
Quantum memory and teleportation using macroscopic gas sample

Raúl Vicente Zafra
Universitat de les Illes Balears
Nonlinear dynamics and synchronization of bidirectionally coupled semiconductor lasers



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