OSA Awards and Honors
The Optical Society (OSA) will recognize newly elected Fellow Members and announce the winners of the Student Travel Grants during the EQEC Plenary Talk and Award Ceremony on Tuesday morning from 9:00–10:30.
The 2021 Herbert Walther Award and Keynote will be presented during a special session to take place on Tuesday afternoon, 22 June, 2021 from 14:30 to 15:30.
Keynote: Cavity QED, Cold Atoms and the Riemann Zeta Function, Wolfgang Peter Schleich, Universität Ulm, Institut für Quantenphysik, Ulm, Germany
On 21 June, 2021, the LASER World of Photonics stage will host the World of Photonics Congress Plenary Talk, A 40-Year Journey, Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany. Immediately following will be the presentation of the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize, sponsored by The OSA Foundation and Coherent, Inc., and the presentation of the 2020 and 2021 Herbert Walther Awards.
Herbert Walther Award
2021 Recipient: Wolfgang Peter Schleich, Universität Ulm, Germany
For pioneering contributions to topics including gyroscopes and general relativity, Schleich-Wheeler oscillations, quantum state engineering, quantum optics in phase space, Gauss-sum factorization and wave packet dynamics and the red shift controversy resolution in atom interferometry.
2020 Recipient: Eugene Polzik, Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark
(Due to COVID-19, Prof. Polzik was not formally recognized in 2020)
For pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics including the demonstration of spin squeezing and entanglement of atomic ensembles, quantum teleportation between light and matter, a quantum memory for light, and hybrid atomic-mechanical coupling.
The Walther Award commemorates Max Planck Institute of Quantum Physics Professor Herbert Walther’s groundbreaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as other wide-ranging contributions to the scientific community. It is administered jointly by OSA and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.
OSA Fellow Members Recognized
(as of May 2021)
Camille-Sophie Brès, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Arnaud Brignon, Thales Research & Technology, France
Elliott Brown, Wright State University, United States
Tal Carmon, Tel Aviv University and Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Volker Deckert, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany
Des Gibson, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
Martina Havenith-Newen, Ruhr Universitaet Bochum, Germany
Christian Kränkel, Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung, Germany
Arseniy Kuznetsov, IMRE, A*STAR, Singapore
Síle Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Inst of Science & Technology Graduate University, Japan
Tatiana Novikova, LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique, IP Paris, France
Vittorio M. N. Passaro, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Roberta Ramponi, IFN-CNR and Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Albert Schliesser, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Enrique Tajahuerce, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
John Travers, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Nicolas Treps, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Sorbonne Université, France
Dries Van Thourhout, Ghent University – IMEC, Belgium
Ramon Vilaseca, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain
Anton Zeilinger, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria