Herbert Walther Award


Herbert Walther Award

The Herbert Walther Award honors Professor Herbert Walther for the seminal influence of his ground-breaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics, and for his wide-ranging contributions to the international scientific community. The Award is jointly made by Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and the Optical Society (OSA), and presented by each society in alternate years.

The Award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community. The OSA Foundation has endowed this award with the support of corporate contributors, including Toptica Photonics AG and Messe M√ľnchen International - LASER World of PHOTONICS and individual contributors, including Tony and Jeannie Siegman, Joseph and Shirley Eberly, Gerd Leuchs, Marlan Scully, Wolfgang Ketterle, Peter Knight, and Y. Ron Shen. Please consider making a donation to support this special honor. Your gift will be matched by OSA with a contribution to the OSAF General Fund.

View the current Herbert Walther Award Selection Committee.
 

Winners

2014 - Massimo Inguscio [Citation]

For groundbreaking experiments in modern atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, from spectroscopy of metastable helium to Anderson localization of ultra-cold atoms, and for his scientific leadership world-wide

2013 - H. Jeff Kimble [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum information science

2012 - Alain Aspect [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to the fields of quantum entanglement and cold atom physics

2011 - Marlan O. Scully [Citation]

For fundamental and applied contributions: from the quantum theory of optical and micro-masers to the quantum eraser, and from inversionless and correlated emission lasers to anthrax detection

2010 - Serge Haroche [Citation]

For using the techniques of quantum optics and atomic physics to creatively illuminate the mysterious world near to the quantum classical border, where waves become particles and ordinary physics emerges from the quantum domain

2009 - David J. Wineland [Citation]

For seminal contributions to quantum information physics and metrology, and the development of trapped ion techniques for applications to basic quantum phenomena, plasma physics, and optical clocks