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Optics in the Land of Morning Calm

Posted By Administration, Thursday 30 July 2015
Updated: Friday 31 July 2015

The Optical Society of Korea (OSK) held its annual meeting on July 13 to 15, 2015 in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Korea located in the south of the country. This conference brought together physicists working in optics and laser-matter interaction. While most of participants came from Asia, some of them traveled from US and European countries to celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of OSK and the International Year of Light.  Presidents and official representatives of many learning societies (The Optical Society - OSA, IEEE, SPIE, EPS, the Japanese Society of Applied Physics) willingly answered the invitation of the OSK managers to address this meeting and debate the future of light in the world and more particularly in Korea.

Korea is clearly becoming a leader in both the fundamental and applied aspects of optics and photonics. Its world leadership, as emphasized by OSA President-Elect Alan Willner, is already visible in the scientific review Optics Express, where Korean contributions amazingly increase and even dominate US and European submissions in number. Korea is also very active around the new technologies for petawatt-class (PW) lasers and their applications to plasma-based accelerators. In this field Korean researchers already hold some records in laser-driven proton and electron acceleration and they are fully in the race for the next generation of 10 PW lasers.

Many other scientific issues were treated, among which nonlinear optical microscopy for biology and medical imaging, photonic integrated circuits, realistic 3D imaging, plasmonics and nanophotonics, holographic data storage, optics in wireless communication networks, pumped diode and disk lasers, attosecond science, and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy.

A round table was moreover organized about the future of light. Dalma Novak, President of the IEEE Photonics Society, emphasized the importance of rapid wireless technologies and the need to increase the links between optics and electronics in information transmission devices. We insisted on the importance of realistic 3D calculations and the ever-increasing use of high-performance scientific computing. Another point of discussion was large-scale PW laser projects (e.g., ELI), which enrich joint efforts on extreme nonlinear optics and plasma physics, and should further improve medical imaging techniques and cancer treatments.

About 450 researchers attended this exciting meeting. Invited attendees enjoyed the great hospitality of the organization committee. As Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of EPS, I would like to thank again Professor Yun Chung, President of the Optical Society of Korea, for his kind invitation.

The Land of Morning Calm appears as the right place to be for future meetings in optics between Asia and Europe.

Luc Bergé,
chair of the EPS Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

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Young Researcher Prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics announced

Posted By Administration, Thursday 30 July 2015
Updated: Friday 31 July 2015

MULHOUSE, [30 June 2015] – The European Physical Society is delighted to announce the 2015 winners of its young researcher Prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics.  These prizes are awarded once every two years, and recognize the highest level of excellence amongst emerging researchers.  The young researcher prizes include the prestigious Fresnel prize for research achievements obtained before the age of 35, as well as prizes for the best nominated European PhD theses in optics over the last two years. The awards were presented in a Ceremony on Tuesday June 23th at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) Europe and the European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC), held during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany.

2015 Fresnel Prizes

The 2015 Fresnel Prize for fundamental aspects has been awarded to Tim Hugo Taminiau, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, for his fundamental contributions to nano-optics and quantum information science through the control of solid-state quantum emitters and spins.

Tim Hugo Taminiau is a tenure-track group leader at QuTech at the Delft University of Technology, where he studies quantum physics, quantum information and sensing based on electronic and nuclear solid-state defect spins. He graduated from the University of Twente in 2005 and obtained a PhD at the Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) in Barcelona. In his thesis, he studied metallic nano-particles acting as antennas for optical quantum emitters. Before returning to the Netherlands as a Marie Curie Fellow in 2011, Tim Hugo Taminiau investigated optically active defects at the California Institute of Technology and Brown University in US.

The 2015 Fresnel Prize for applied aspects has been awarded to Daniele Brida, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, for the development of broadly tunable few-optical-cycle laser sources and their application in the investigation of primary photo-induced processes in condensed matter systems.

Daniele Brida obtained the PhD in physics in 2010 at Politecnico di Milano, where he was appointed assistant professor at the Physics department. Later he joined the university of Konstanz first as visiting scientist ,then as leader of a research group funded by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG since 2012. His main scientific interests are the generation of broadband optical pulses ranging from UV to the THz spectral region, their temporal compression down to few optical cycles with adaptive techniques and the passive stabilization of the carrier envelope phase. He also uses ultrashort pulses to condensed-matter spectroscopy with an extreme temporal resolution.

2015 PhD Thesis Prizes

The 2015 Thesis Prizes for fundamental aspects have been awarded to Tim Langen, JILA, University of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO, USA, for his thesis on non-equilibrium dynamics of one-dimensional Bose gases, and to Søren Raza, Centre for Nano Optics at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark, for his thesis on probing plasmonic nanostructures with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS).

Tim Langen is currently a Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellow at JILA, Boulder. His research interests include atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum many-body systems. He graduated as a PhD from TU Vienna in 2013. During his PhD he has also been a visiting researcher at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Søren Raza received the PhD degree in physics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2014.. He specialized in the general field of nanophotonics, in particular nanoplasmonics. He studied the interaction of light with metallic nanostructures and amended his theoretical work with experimental results during his PhD. He is now employed as a postdoc in the Centre for Nano Optics at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

The 2015 Thesis Prizes for applied aspects are awarded to Tobias Herr, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), Neuchâtel, Switzerland, for his thesis on solitons and dynamics of frequency comb formation in optical microresonators, and to Pete Shadbolt, Quantum Optics & Laser Science Group, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, for his thesis on complexity and control in quantum photonics.

Tobias Herr is a researcher at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His research interests are time and frequency metrology, non-linear optics, laser spectroscopy and applications in astronomy. He obtained his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2013 and his Diploma/Master in Physics in 2008 from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Pete Shadbolt is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Controlled Quantum Dynamics, Imperial College, London, UK. He completed his PhD in January 2014 at the University of Bristol, where he worked on experimental optical quantum computing using waveguides. Peter’s current research focuses on large-scale architectures for linear-optical quantum computing, and potential applications including quantum chemistry and machine learning.



Prof. Thorsten Ackemann

Chairman of Junior Awards Committee 2015


Dr. Luc Bergé

Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society

More information on the EPS QEOD Prizes can be found on the division's website.

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CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2015: 3rd Call for Papers

Posted By Administration, Thursday 8 January 2015


The European Physical Society (EPS), The Optical Society (OSA) and IEEE Photonics Society invite you to attend the European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO®/Europe) and the XIIIth European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC) which will take place from 21 to 25 June 2015 at the International Congress Centre in Munich, Germany. These two conferences, hosted by LASER 2015 World of PHOTONICS, will be the Major European event of the International Year of Light during which all attendees will share groundbreaking research and network in fundamental optics and applications.

The Opening Ceremony of World of Photonics Congress 2015 will welcome high-level speakers, UNESCO representatives and international dignitaries joining together with the scientific community at Europe’s broadest photonics congress.

Many prestigious scientists will be there: Theodor Hänsch, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Serge Haroche, 2012 Nobel Laureate of Physics, Federico Capasso, 2013 Laureate of the EPS-Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize, Eric Betzig and Stefan Hell, 2014 Nobel Laureates of Chemistry, will address the latest developments in their fields of research.

10 short courseswill cover a wide range of topics in photonics and laser technology.
10 travel grants will be offered to PhD Students who wish to attend CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2015.

Please, visit the conference website at and submit your papers!

See you in Munich!

L. Bergé, P. Georges, J. Eschner, M. Kauranen
Conference General Chairs

G. Cerullo, V. Pruneri, T. Ackemann, C. Silberhorn
Conference Programme Chairs

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EPS QEOD: Call for Prizes 2015

Posted By Administration, Thursday 20 November 2014

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) is soliciting nominations for the biennial Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes, Fresnel Prizes and Thesis Prizes, which will be presented at the 2015 Edition of the CLEO/Europe-EQEC Conference in Munich, Germany, between 21st and 25th June 2015. 

Nominations are to be received online by 20 March 2015 at the latest. 

Complete information about the EPS QEOD Prizes 2015 can be found on the division's website.

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2015 EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light: nominations are open

Posted By Administration, Thursday 11 September 2014
Updated: Thursday 11 September 2014

Nominations are to be received on line by October 1st, 2014 at the latest.
Visit the EPS QEOD website for details and on line submission.

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ECOC2014: CLEO Focus Meeting postdeadline

Posted By Administration, Monday 25 August 2014

Following on from successful conferences held since 2006, the European Physical Society and CLEO® Europe-EQEC in collaboration with the Chairs of ECOC 2014 are delighted to announce the organisation of a special

CLEO Focus Meeting on Fundamental Photonics for Future Telecommunications

as part of ECOC 2014. New developments and trends on emerging and highly forward-looking research in photonics will be at the heart of this special CLEO Focus Meeting, complementary to the regular ECOC sessions. The meeting will showcase state of the art results which bridge the gap between basic science and applications. The scope includes, but is not limited to, nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, novel materials, novel devices, nonlinear dynamics, quantum optics, emerging ultrafast technologies, new concepts in optical manipulation and wave guiding etc.

The submission for post deadline papers is now open. The deadline for submission is Monday 8 September at 23:59 CEST (time of Cannes). Authors will be informed about acceptance/rejection on Monday 22 September.

More info
ECOC 2014 website

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Call for nomination for the EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light

Posted By Administration, Monday 16 June 2014
The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research into the Science of Light is awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics & Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of electromagnetic science in its broadest sense, across the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves.

The first Prize for Research into the Science of Light was awarded on 3 January 2013 during Nanometa 2013 in Seefeld, Austria, to Philip St J Russell, from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany.

The 2015 Edition of the Prize for Research into the Science of Light is now open for nominations.

Please click here to access full details of the call on the submission website.

Read more

QEOD website
QEOD Prizes

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EPS QEOD: deadline for prizes nominations 4 March 2013

Posted By Administration, Thursday 21 February 2013
Updated: Thursday 21 February 2013
The Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is presently soliciting nominations for their biennial prizes to be presented at the CLEO/Europe-IQEC meeting, which will be held in Munich, Germany, from 12-16 May 2013. The awards ceremony will take on Tuesday morning, May 14th, 2013.

These prizes are now well-established as leading European awards in both fundamental and applied quantum electronics and optics.

Nominations for the following prizes are to be received online by March 4, 2013 at the latest: 

the EPS Quantum Electronics Prizes
the Fresnel Prizes
the EPS QEOD Thesis Prizes

More information on
the QEOD website.

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