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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 are awarded for fundamental and applied aspects.

2019 EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes for applied aspects
The 2019 QEOD Thesis Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Armin Feist, University of Göttingen, Germany for "Next-Generation Utrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy - Development and Applications."
Armin Feist is a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Claus Ropers at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Here, he received his Ph.D. in June 2019, working on the development and application of ultrafast transmission electron microscopy (UTEM) using coherent electron pulses. He studied physics in Leipzig, Leeds and Göttingen, and his B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses focused on angle-resolved fluorescence in photonics crystals and laser-triggered field ion microscopy, respectively. In his current research activities, he explores new fundamental and instrumental capabilities in UTEM, including the study of ultrafast nanoscale dynamics and the coherent optical tailoring of free-electron beams.
The 2019 QEOD Thesis Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Mathieu Massicotte, University of Sherbrooke, Canada, for "Ultrafast optoelectronics in 2D materials and their heterostructures."
Mathieu Massicotte is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institut Quantique of the University of Sherbrooke in Canada. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed matter physics and photonics, with a focus on optoelectronic nanodevices based on novel 2D materials. He completed his PhD in Photonics in 2017 at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. He previously obtained his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montreal and his master’s degree in Physics from McGill University.
2019 EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes for fundamental aspects
The 2019 QEOD Thesis Prize for fundamental aspects is awarded to Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA for "Terahertz quantum optics with ultra-short pulses."
Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus received her Doctor of Sciences in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland in 2018. She worked in the area of terahertz science and technology and performed the first direct measurements on quantum states of light in this frequency range. On a parallel line, she developed ultrasensitive detectors that exploit miniaturization. She is currently a postdoctoral associate and a research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at Harvard University. Here, she develops on-chip optical devices for the manipulation of light and its use in fundamental sciences and industry. She is involved in mentoring work and outreach activities at the faculty and university level.
The 2019 QEOD Thesis Prize for fundamental aspects is awarded to Fabian Langer, Lund University, Sweden, for "Lightwave-driven quasiparticle acceleration."
Fabian Langer was born on the 17th of March 1990 in Bamberg, Germany. He studied physics in the joint elite study program “Physics Advanced” of the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Regensburg (Germany). While completing his Bachelor’s thesis in low-temperature physics and superconductivity at the chair of Paul Müller in Erlangen, he went on to Regensburg to work on his Master’s and PhD in the group of Rupert Huber. Here, he learned about ultrafast quantum physics of condensed matter systems and started to work on lightwave electronics. Fabian Langer received his PhD in March 2018. Since June 2018, he is a post-doctoral fellow at Lund University, Sweden, jointly in the groups of Anne L’Huillier and Anders Mikkelsen.

EPS-QEOD Thesis Prize recipients:

Fundamental Aspects Applied Aspects
Bas Jorrit Hensen
Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, UNSW Sydney, Australia
for long-range entanglement of spins in diamond, unconditional quantum teleportation and the first loophole-free Bell test experiment, resulting in a significant rejection.

Achim Woessner
ICFO, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
for graphene plasmons detected electrically and used to build ultra-compact modulators for the first time enabling applications in biosensing and mid-infrared integrated optics.
Marissa Giustina
University of Vienna, Vienna ; Insitute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna, Austria
for the implementation of a loophole-free test of Bell’s inequalities using entangled photons, with an exceptionally high experimental and statistical accuracy.
Gustavo Villares
IBM Research GmbH, Zurich Laboratory, Rüschlikon, Switzerland
for his contributions to the invention of the quantum cascade laser frequency comb and its application to chip-based mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy.
Tim Langen
JILA, University of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO, USA
for his work on non-equilibrium dynamics of one-dimensional Bose gases.
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.
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).
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.
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, Austria
Quantum opto-mechanics with micromirrors
Alberto Politi
PhD from University of Bristol, UK
Integrated Quantum Photonics.
Maiken H. Mikkelsen
PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Single electron spin dynamics in semiconductors
Pavel Ginzburg
PhD from Technion, Israel
Novel Nanophotonic Devices (joint with A. Hayat)

Albert Schliesser
PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Silica Whispering-Gallery-Mode Microresonators
Alex Hayat
PhD from Technion, Israel
Semiconductor quantum photonics (joint with P Ginzburg)
Fernando G.S.L. Brandao,
PhD from Imperial College London, UK
Quantum information theory
John C Travers,
PhD from Imperial College London, UK
Fibre supercontinuum generation
Alexei Ourjoumtsev,
PhD from Institut d’Optique/ University Paris XI, F
Novel quantum states of Light
Deran Maas,
PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Novel pulsed semiconductor lasers
Axel Griesmaier
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Dipole-dipole interaction in a degenerate quantum gas
Giuseppe Della Valle
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Photonic devices at 1.5 µm manufactured by ion exchange and femtosecond laser writing
Jacob Sherson
Univ. of Århus and Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
Quantum memory and teleportation using macroscopic gas sample
Raúl Vicente Zafra
Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
Nonlinear dynamics and synchronization of bidirectionally coupled semiconductor lasers







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