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These are the two senior EPS/QEOD prizes awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics. The European Physical Society is delighted to announce the 2013 winners of its senior prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics. These prizes are awarded only once every two years, and recognize the very highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research.
See the list of prize winners in previous years.

Prize for Applied Aspects of 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).



Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics

Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics


The 2013 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor 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).


Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics


Previous years winners




Year 2011

2011 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Ursula Keller

The 2011 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Ursula Keller, Professor in the Physics Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The Prize is awarded to Professor Keller for "seminal contributions to ultrafast solid-state lasers, telecommunications, metrology, and attosecond science”.

2011 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Immanuel Bloch

The 2011 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Professor Immanuel Bloch, scientific director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching and professor for experimental physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. The prize is awarded to Professor Bloch for "pioneering work on exploring quantum many-body systems using ultracold quantum gases for quantum simulation and quantum information applications.”

Year 2009

2009 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Alain Aspect

The 2009 Senior Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Alain Aspect, French CNRS Distinguished Researcher, and Professor at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School and at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau near Paris. Alain Aspect is a member of both the French Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Technologies, and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Aspect has made numerous contributions to the fields of quantum and atom optics, and it was his seminal experiments in 1982 that confirmed the counterintuitive nature of quantum entanglement to which Einstein himself had objected. These results paved the way for the modern research revolution in quantum information processing, and the development of technologies such as quantum cryptography and quantum computing. Since then he has performed numerous other pioneering studies in the fields of both quantum and atom optics, and his work has included – between 1985 and 1992 – a highly significant collaboration on laser cooling of atoms together with 1997 Nobel prize winner Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.

2009 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Thomas Ebbesen

The 2009 Senior Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Thomas Ebbesen, Professor at the University of Strasbourg in France, and Director of ISIS, a multidisciplinary research institute funded both by the University and the French CNRS. Thomas Ebbesen is also a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Ebbesen has carried out research into a range of topics in physics and chemistry, including novel carbon materials and superconductivity. The Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize is awarded for his work carried out since the early 1990s into the novel optical properties of nanostructured metals and in particular for his discovery of how light can be efficently transmitted through subwavelength holes. His pioneering experiments have greatly contributed to the emergence of the field of surface plasmon photonics. Ebbesen’s work is at the interface of nanoscience and photonics, and impacts on numerous strategic technologies such as opto-electronics, optical communications and sensing.

Fundamental aspects

Applied aspects

Year 2007
Anton Zeilinger
Universität Wien,
Austria

"For his many seminal contributions to the foundations of quantum optics and quantum information science."

Mordechai Segev
Technion, Haifa,
Israel
"For his pioneering contributions in the field of light propagation in nonlinear media, in particular regarding spatial solitons in photorefractive materials, incoherent solitons, and nonlinear waves in periodic structures."
Year 2005
Ignacio Cirac
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik,
Garching, Germany

"For groundbreaking theoretical work on quantum information processing and on quantum gases; including pioneering proposals for quantum computation, quantum repeaters, quantum simulations, and quantum phase transitions in ultra-cold atoms."

Gerd Leuchs
Max Planck Research Group,
University of Erlangen, Germany

"For the efficient generation of optical pulses for quantum communication by fiber optics techniques at telecommunications wavelengths and very high bit rates and unprecedented quantum noise reduction and entanglement."

Year 2003
Luigi Lugiato
Dipartimento di Scienze,
Universita dell'Insubria Como, Italia.

"For pioneering theoretical contributions to the fields of optical bistability and instabilities, optical pattern formation and cavity solitons, squeezing and quantum imaging".

Gunter Huber
Institut für Laser-Physik,
Universität Hamburg, Germany

"For his outstanding and numerous contributions to physics of solid-state lasers and spectroscopy of laser crystals".


Year 2002
Serge Haroche
Ecole Normale Supérieure and
Collège de France
"For his pioneering investigations in Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics. Quantum Information and Decoherence".


Wilson Sibbett
St. Andrews Univerity, Scotland

"For his major contributions to the development and application of ultrashort light pulse techniques, and in particular to the development of self-mode-locked lasers".


Year 2001
Theodor W. Hänsch
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Garching, Germany
"For his innovative contributions to laser spectroscopy, in particular regarding precision spectroscopy of hydrogen"


Algis Petras Piskarskas
Vilnius University, Dept. of Physics,
Lithuania
"For his his pioneering research and development of ultrashort pulsed light sources based on optical parametric generation and oscillation".

Year 2000
Herbert Walther
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
"For the creation of the micromaser and the realisation of ionic crystals in traps"

David Hanna
Optoelectronics Research Centre
University of Southampton, UK
"For his outstanding and numerous contributions to solid state laser physics and non-linear optics"

Year 1998
Vladilen Letokhov
"For pioneering and far-reaching contributions to the study of laser/matter interactions including atom optics, laser cooling, laser induced chemistry and laser analytical techniques"

Orazio Svelto
"For pioneering and outstanding continuing activity in the fields of ultrashort laser pulses and solid state lasers".


Year 1996
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

"For developing the dressed-atom approach in quantum optics and for fundamental contributions to the understanding of radiative forces with ground-breaking experiments in laser cooling and trapping of atoms".

Sune Svanberg
"For pioneering laser applications in the fields of combustion diagnostics, remote sensing and biomedicine".




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