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Prizes of the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD)
/ The Optical Society (OSA) Awards and Honors

EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards

A series of prestigious EPS-QEOD and OSA prizes and awards will be presented in a special Plenary Ceremony during CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017 to take place on Tuesday morning, June 27th, 2017 from 10:30 to 12:30, Room 1.

EPS-QEOD nominations are to be received on line by March 24th, 2017 at the latest.

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

The Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) will announce the 2017 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 (one for fundamental, one for applied aspects) awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics.

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, 2017). There is one Prize for fundamental aspects and one for applied aspects.

The EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes:

Since 2007 up to four EPS/QEOD Thesis Prizes are also awarded to reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in the area of quantum electronics and optics relating to PhD thesis work submitted in the two years prior to the conference. These Prizes are awarded for fundamental and applied aspects.

For further information and to fill out a nomination form click here.

EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards

EPS-­QEOD  Travel  Grant  Student  Awards  will be  attributed  on  behalf  of  the  European  Physical  Society   through its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) and Young Minds Action Committee. The Awards   consist   of   travel   grants   and   they   are   given   to   PhD   Students   who   wish   to   attend a QEOD-sponsored conference and whose scientific contribution in optics and photonics is of the highest quality.


Sébastien Blumenstein,
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Miguel Canhota, IFIMUP-IN and Dep. Física e Astronomia, Fac. Ciências, Universidade do Porto, R. Campo Alegre, Porto, Portugal
Margaux Chanal, Aix Marseille University, CNRS, LP3 UMR 7341, Marseille, France
Maxim Demesh, Center for Optical Materials and Technologies, Belarusian National Technical University, Minsk, Belarus
Prakriti Joshi, Columbia University, New York, USA
Lukas J. Maczewsky, Institute of Applied Physics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany
Elhanan Maguid, Micro and Nanooptics Laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Nicolas Pierre Mauranyapin, School of Mathematics and Physics, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
James N. Monks, School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom
Christopher Pugh, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada


The Optical Society (OSA) Awards and Honors

OSA President Eric Mazur will recognize newly elected Fellow Members during the Awards Ceremony and present the 2017 Herbert Walther Award.

OSA Fellow Members:

Javier Garcia-Monreal
, Universitat de Valencia, Spain
For an impressive international collaboration record, large number of key publications in Fourier optics and optical image processing and a contribution to the community as being the former associate editor of Optics Express.

Chao-Yang Lu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
For outstanding contributions to optical quantum information processing and solid-state quantum photonics.

John W. G. Tisch, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
For leading work on the generation of few-cycle optical pulses and strong field non-linear optics resulting in the optimised production of attosecond pulses in the VUV and XUV photon energy range.

Herbert Walther Award:

The Herbert Walther Award honors Professor Herbert Walther for the seminal influence of his ground-breaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics, and for his wide-ranging contributions to the international scientific community. The Award is jointly made by Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and The Optical Society (OSA), and is presented by each society in alternate years.  The award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.

The OSA Foundation has endowed this award with the support of corporate contributors, including Toptica Photonics AG and Messe München International - LASER World of PHOTONICS and individual contributors, including Tony and Jeannie Siegman, Joseph and Shirley Eberly, Gerd Leuchs, Marlan Scully, Wolfgang Ketterle, Peter Knight, and Y. Ron Shen.
During the conference award ceremony, OSA and the DPG will present the 2017 Herbert Walther Award to Randall Hulet, Rice University, Houston, USA for pioneering achievements in the field of ultracold atomic gases, including the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation with attractive interactions and groundbreaking studies of atomic fermions.

Hulet will present an invited talk, Formation of matter-wave soliton trains by modulational instability, on Tuesday June 27th, 2017, 14:00-14:30, Room 14a.

Hulet 2
Randall G. Hulet earned a BS degree at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT.  He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he worked on laser cooling of trapped atomic ions. He joined the faculty of Rice University in 1987 where he currently holds the Fayez Sarofim Chair in Natural Sciences.  His awards include the Davisson-Germer Prize and the I.I. Rabi Prize from the American Physical Society.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Hulet’s scientific contributions have been in the area of ultracold atoms, where his group was the first to create quantum gases of the bosonic and fermionic isotopes of lithium.  This lead to the realization of a Bose-Einstein condensation in an atomic gas with attractive interactions, the study of matter wave solitons, and the observation of antiferromagnetic order in the Hubbard model using spin-1/2 lithium fermions.  His work today focuses on emulation of quantum many-body systems with ultracold atoms, and on the properties of matter-wave solitons.

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