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Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Winners Announced

WASHINGTON, May 9 - The OSA Foundation (OSAF), HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science are pleased to announce Jeffrey Driscoll of Columbia University, USA as the winner of the annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. Driscoll won for his paper “First Demonstration of Quasi-Phase-Matched Four-Wave-Mixing in Silicon Waveguides.”The grand prize and two honorable mentions were presented yesterday during the Plenary and Awards Ceremony of the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2012) at the San Jose Convention Center.

Driscoll was one of three finalists selected from more than 890 submissions. All submissions were reviewed and scored by the CLEO: 2012 technical program committee, who selected 35 semi-finalists. Three finalists were selected by the CLEO: 2012 program and general co-chairs and presented their research in a private session on Monday, May 7. The presentations were judged based on innovation, research excellence and presentation ability.

Honorable mentions went to:

  • Chien-Yao Lu University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Paper: Metal-Cavity Quantum-Dot Surface-Emitting Microlaser

  • Jun Ong, University of California San Diego, USA
    Paper: Heralded Single Photons from a Silicon Nanophotonic Chip

Driscoll will receive $3,000. Lu and Ong will each receive a certificate.

The Maiman Student Paper Competition honors American physicist Theodore Maiman for his amazing invention, 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 OSAF.

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. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and 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) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO: 2012 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: 2012 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: 2012 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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