In Memoriam: Galina Khitrova, 1959-2016
Galina Khitrova, OSA Fellow and active committee volunteer, passed away on 4 June 2016 due to complications from chronic health issues. Galina was a Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences and was internationally known for her work in the area of semiconductor optics, nonlinear optics of quantum wells and dots, and cavity quantum electrodynamics. She was 57.
Galina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and studied physics as an undergraduate at the Yerevan State University in Armenia, USSR, and City University of New York, Brooklyn College. She pursued a PhD in physics at New York University and began her career at the Optical Sciences Center in 1986. Her first position was as an assistant research scientist. She became an associate professor in 1997 and a professor of optical sciences in 2002. She often collaborated with Professor Hyatt Gibbs who she married in 1991. She had mentored countless students during her career and was leader of the Quantum Nano-Optics of Semiconductors Group at UA. Her research interests included but were not limited to semiconductor cavity QED, single quantum dot in photonic crystal cavity, vacuum Rabi splitting, entanglement between photons and dots, and hybrid nanophotonics.
Galina was very active in OSA having become a Fellow in 2007 for leadership in research in fundamental optical phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures. She served on numerous OSA committees including the Public Policy Committee (2010-2012), R.W. Wood Prize Committee (2009-2010), and Laser Science Program Committee/Chair (2013-2015). She was also active on the Advisory Committee for Nonlinear Optics serving as Chair (1999-2000) and member (2001-2004, 2006-2007), and as a QELS Program Committee member (1998-2002). Galina was a regular attendee of OSA meetings and conferences and was a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
In addition to her professional work, Galina enjoyed traveling with her late husband Hyatt Gibbs and spending time in Summerhaven at the top of Mount Lemmon. The optics and photonics community mourns the loss of Galina not only for her profound contributions to her specialty, but also her unique energy and passion for her students and for her research.