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Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Winner Announced

WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The OSA Foundation, HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science today announced Hugo Benichi of the University of Tokyo, Japan as the winner of the annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. Benichi was awarded top honors for his paper “Quantum Teleportation of Schrödinger's Cat Wave-packets of Light.” The grand prize and two honorable mentions were bestowed during the OSA Foundation Luncheon at CLEO: 2011 which took place last week at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Benichi was one of three Maiman Competition finalists that were selected from more than 850 student paper submissions. All submissions were reviewed and scored by the CLEO: 2011 technical program committee. The conference general and program chairs selected the finalists and viewed their presentations in a private session on Monday, May 2. The finalists were judged based on innovation, research excellence and presentation ability.

Honorable mentions went to:

  1. Han-Wei Wang, Purdue University, United States
    Paper: Vibrational Photoacoustic Microscopy for Depth-resolved Bond-selective Imaging of Tissues and Organisms

  2. Gabriel Ycas, University of Colorado at Boulder – Physics, United States
    Paper: Calibration of an Astronomical Spectrograph using a 25 GHz Laser Frequency Comb

The Maiman Student Paper Competition honors American physicist Theodore Maiman for his demonstration of the first working laser and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. It recognizes student innovation and research excellence in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics. The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by the OSA Foundation.

About the OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, provide career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org.

About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO: 2011 will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Society's (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO: 2011 provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO: 2011 connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at www.cleoconference.org.

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