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A series a Prestigious Prizes and Awards will be presented in a special Plenary Ceremony during CLEO®/Europe-IQEC 2013 to take place on Tuesday morning, May 14th, 2013, beginning from 10:30, Room 1.

Prizes of the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD)

The Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is delighted to announce the 2013 winners of its two most prestigious prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics. These prizes awarded only once every two years are now well-established as leading European awards, and recognize the very highest level of achievements in applied and fundamental research in optical physics. 

The EPS Quantum Electronics Prizes:

These are the two senior EPS/QEOD prizes awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics.

The 2013 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to 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”.

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where he was Member of Technical Staff, Department Head and Vice President for Physical Research. His research has focused on nanoscale science and technology encompassing a broad range of topics including band-structure engineering of semiconductor nanostructures and quantum devices, the investigation of attractive and repulsive Casimir forces, plasmonics and flat optics based on metasurfaces. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the IEEE Sarnoff Award in Electronics (1991), the Materials Research Society Medal (1995), the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute (1997), the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics (1998), the Optical Society Wood Prize (2001), the IEEE Edison Medal (2004), the APS Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science (2004), the King Faisal Prize (2005), the Berthold Leibinger Zukunft Prize (2010), the Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics (2010), the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science (2011), and the SPIE Gold Medal (2013).

The 2013 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to 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.”
Maciej Lewenstein obtained his PhD in physics from Universität Essen and Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP) in Warsaw. He continued research at CTP until 1984, finishing his habilitation in 1976, and obtaining the Professor title in 1983. Maciej Lewenstein was a research associate of Prof. R.J. Glauber at Harvard from 1986 till 1989. He vas a Visiting Fellow at JILA and ITAMP in 1993 and 1994. In 1995 he became faculty member at CEA-Saclay, France, and in 1998 he accepted the Professor chair at the Gotfried Wilhem Leibnitz Universität Hannover. He finally became ICREA Professor and Head of the Quantum Optics Theory group at ICFO, Barcelona, Spain. His research focuses on atom, molecular and optical physics, from attosecond physics to physics of ultracold matter, quantum information, as well as mathematical and statistical physics. Maciej Lewenstein is a Fellow of APS (2004), recipient of Senior Humbold Award (2007), ERC Advanced Grant 2008, Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science (2010), Hamburg Theory Prize of Hamburg University/J. Herz Foundation, Gutenberg Prize of the Gutenberg Research College of Mainz University (2013).

The 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 (as of December 31st, 2013).

The 2013 Fresnel Prize for Fundamental Aspects is awarded to Yu-Ao Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, P. R. China

The 2013 Fresnel Prize for Applied Aspects is awarded to Gerasimos Konstantatos, The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain

The EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes:

Up to four EPS/QEOD prizes will be awarded to reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in the area of quantum electronics and optics relating to PhD thesis work examined in the period April 2011-March 2013.

The 2013 EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes for Applied Aspects are awarded to

Florian Kaiser, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France
Clara Saraceno, ETH Zurich, Zurich and University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The 2013 EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes for Fundamental Aspects are awarded to

Pascal Del'Haye, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO, USA
Thomas Monz, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

The awards will be presented in a special plenary ceremony on Tuesday May 14th 2013 during the CLEO®/Europe-IQEC, held during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany.

View further information on the EPS-QEOD Division

Herbert Walther Award Presentation

The Awards Ceremony to take place on Tuesday morning, May 14th, 2013 will also present the Herbert Walther Award.

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) will present the 2013 Herbert Walther Award to H. Jeff Kimble of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum information science.

The Herbert Walther Award honors Professor Herbert Walther for the seminal influence of his groundbreaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics and for his numerous contributions to the international scientific community.

Established in 2007, the Award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.

Kimble will join the list of esteemed past recipients including Alain Aspect, Marlan O. Scully, Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland.

Source: OSA/DPG - WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 -

“Jeff has led a revolution in modern physics through his pioneering research in the coherent control of the interactions of light and matter,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “His work has changed the way physicists approach research in quantum optics, atomic physics, and quantum information science. We are proud to recognize his professional efforts with this important award.”

Kimble began his career at General Motors Research Laboratories before joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin where he remained for 10 years as a professor of physics. He was named director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech in 2011, where he has taught as professor of physics since 1989. Kimble is regarding as the leading figure in the creation and application of nonclassical light -- light with manifestly quantum properties.

His research has led to the creation of new tools that allow the control of the processes by which an individual atom interacts with a single photon, affecting a broad range of scientific fields from atomic physics to chemistry and biology. He received his B.S. in physics from Abilene Christian University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics at the University of Rochester. He is the recipient of numerous awards including OSA’s Max Born Award in 1996.

The Award is jointly sponsored by DPG and OSA and presented by each society in alternate years."


OSA Fellow Member Recognition:

OSA Fellows will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony of CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013.

Philip Russell, OSA 2013 Vice President, will recognize six scientists as "OSA Fellows".

The distinction will go to:
Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde, UK
Christoph Harder, Harder & Partner GmbH, Switzerland
Martti Kauranen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Brian W. Pogue, Dartmouth College, USA
Markus Pollnau, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday morning, May 14th, 2013 (Room 1).

EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics

It is a great pleasure to announce that the 2013 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics goes to Alessandra Gatti, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies [IFN-CNR], Como, Italy.

The distinction was awarded to Alessandra Gatti for for pioneering contributions to the field of quantum imaging. She contributed as well to ghost-imaging that, as she proved in her work, can be realized even by using classically correlated beams. The selection committee took also into account Alessandra Gatti’s exceptional organizational capabilities as a coordinator of the European project HIDEAS (High Dimensional Entangled Systems).

Alexandra Gatti will receive her diploma during the CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013 Awards Ceremony.

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