Among its most prestigious prizes, the Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) distributes the Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes. These are the two senior EPS/QEOD prizes (one for fundamental, one for applied aspects) awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics. The prizes winners are each to receive a medal and 5000 euros.
Awarded every two years, these prizes recognize the highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research in optical physics. The awards are presented in a special Plenary Ceremony generally held on Tuesday morning, during the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO®/Europe) and the EuropeanQuantum Electronics Conference (EQEC), held in Munich, Germany taking place in uneven years.
2023 EPS Quantum Electronics Prizes
The 2023 EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize for applied aspects is awarded to Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, for pioneering and outstanding contributions to the generation of few-cycle light pulses and for their application to the study of primary photoinduced processes in (bio)molecules and nanostructures.
The 2023 EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize for fundamental aspects is awarded to Vahid Sandoghdar, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany, for ground-breaking research on the efficiency of light-matter interaction in quantum optics and biophysics, leading to single-molecule strong coupling and label-free detection of small proteins.
2021 EPS Quantum Electronics Prizes
The 2021 EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics Prize for fundamental aspects is awarded to Prof. Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, for pioneering and wide ranging research on the fundamentals and applications of optical angular momentum.
2019 EPS Quantum Electronics Prizes
The 2019 Prize for applied aspects of quantum electronics and optics is awarded to Govind P. Agrawal (University of Rochester, USA), for pioneering and groundbreaking research that underpins a wide range of current photonic technologies in the fields of semiconductor lasers, nonlinear fiber optics and optical communication systems.
The 2019 Prize for fundamental aspects of quantum electronics and optics is awarded to Anne L'Huillier (Lund University, Sweden), in recognition of her pioneering experimental and theoretical contributions to attosecond pulse trains using high harmonics, which form the basis of today's successful field of attosecond science.