EPS-QEOD (Quantum Electronics and Optics Division) Prizes

A series of prestigious EPS-QEOD Prizes and Awards distributed in uneven years will be presented in a special Plenary and Awards Ceremony during CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2021 to take place on Tuesday morning, June 22nd, 2021 from 10:30 to 12:30, CEST time zone.
Nominations can be received until May 15th, 2021. For each Prize a documentation package needs to be included. Further details and nomination sites, see http://qeod.epsdivisions.org/QEOD%20Prizes/open-nominations

The EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes:

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. These Prizes, awarded in uneven years, recognize the highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research in optical physics.

The EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prizes:

Two EPS/QEOD Fresnel Prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35 (as of December 31st, 2021). There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects.

The EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes:

Since 2007 up to four EPS/QEOD Thesis Prizes are awarded to reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in the area of quantum electronics and optics related to a PhD thesis work defended in the period June 2017 – June 2019 (in the two years prior to the conference). These Prizes are awarded for fundamental and applied aspects. The prize winners are each to receive a diploma and 1000 euros.

Vladilen Letokhov Medal:

Established in memory of Vladilen Letokhov (1939-2009), former Vice-Director of the Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences and pioneer in several fields of laser physics, the Letokhov Medal aims at recognizing outstanding contributions in laser-matter interaction, in particular spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, laser manipulation of atoms, and strong field processes. The prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a monetary award of 5000 euros.

The medal will be presented every odd year at a major conference alternatively sponsored by the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division and the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division of the EPS.

In 2021, it will be awarded at the CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2021 virtual conferences. See details of the application procedure and information required. Nominations are to be received online by Saturday May 15th, 2021.

2020 Recipient of the EPS-QEOD Prize for ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’:

Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 
has been elected the winner of the 2020 EPS-QEOD Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications for his “seminal contributions to surface-plasmon polaritons and the developments of plasmonic metasurfaces”. 

Sergey I Bozhevolnyi has initiated experimental research in near-field optics at the Institute of Physics, Aalborg University (Denmark) in 1991, where he has been Professor in 2003-2009 before moving to the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). During 2001–2004, he was also the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Micro Managed Photons A/S set up to commercialize plasmonic waveguides. At SDU, he founded and became a Head of Centre for Nano Optics (SDU Nano Optics). He has been recognised with prestigious European and Danish research grants, various awards and honorary titles, including Fellow of Optical Society of America, Chair of Technical Science at Danish Institute of Advanced Study (D-IAS), Member of Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (DNA) and Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).

After being awarded Doctor of Science degree from Århus University in 1998 for the research in near-field optics, he gradually shifted the focus of his work to fundamental and applied aspects of surface plasmon polaritons, pioneering the field of plasmonic waveguides and circuitry. In 2013 he received an ERC Advanced Grant, launching research into strongly confined surface plasmon modes, for plasmon-empowered active and quantum nanophotonics, including multifunctional optical metasurfaces. He has published over 400 research articles, dozens of reviews and book chapters, and been regularly included in the Web of Science (Clarivate) List of Highly Cited Researchers in Physics since 2017. The latest achievements include pioneering work on gap plasmon based waveguides and resonators as well as their use for ultra-compact photonic components, quantum plasmonics and gradient metasurfaces enabling complete control over radiation.

Traditionally, this Award is presented in even years during the Europhoton conference but things have been delayed by the pandemic. Thus the Award will be announced during the Plenary and Awards Ceremony of the upcoming virtual CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2021 allowing the recipient to have the opportunity to give a short response statement. The Award of the Prize itself in person is scheduled to take place at Europhoton 2022, where the 2020 and 2022 winners of the Award will each be invited to give a Prize Lecture. The Europhoton 2022 meeting is scheduled to take place in Hannover, Germany, Sunday 28 August – Friday 2nd September 2022.

2019 Archives:

2019 EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics and Optics Division Prizes

For Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics 


For Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics 


Govind P. Agrawal, University of Rochester, USA


Anne L’Huillier, Lund University, Sweden

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.


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.

2019 EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prizes

For Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics 


For Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics 


Matteo Lucchini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Carlos Hernández-García, University of Salamanca, Spain

For outstanding contributions in the field of attosecond science. In particular for seminal contribution in the investigation of attosecond electron dynamics in solid state materials.


For pioneering contributions to the theory of high harmonic generation, uncovering new regimes of attosecond and zeptosecond waveforms and designer beams with orbital and spin angular momentum.

2019 EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes

For Applied Aspects


For Applied Aspects

  For Fundamental Aspects   For Fundamental Aspects
Armin Feist, University of Göttingen, Germany   Mathieu Massicotte, University of Sherbrooke, Canada


Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA


Fabian Langer, Lund University, Sweden

For Next-Generation Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy – Development and Applications.


For Ultrafast optoelectronics in 2D materials and their heterostructures.


For Terahertz quantum optics with ultra-short pulses.


For Lightwave-driven quasiparticle acceleration.

2019 EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards

The EPS-QEOD Board together with the EPS Young Minds are happy to announce the laureates of the EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards to attend CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019:

  • Emil Vosmar Denning, DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
  • Vinícius C. Ferreira, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Xin Jin, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Varennes, Canada
  • Aleksandrs Leitis, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ziqi Li, School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan, China
  • Paulius Mackonis, Solid State Laser laboratory, Department of Laser Technologies, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Ahmed Othman, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dmitrii Pushkarev, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • Jérémy Raskop, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB), Paris, France
  • Varun Sharma, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

↓Download the 2019 EPS-QEOD Prizes booklet

↓Download the 2019 EPS-QEOD Quantum Electronics Prizes – Press release

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