Special Symposium in Memory of James P. Gordon

Sponsored by

Bell Labs, Alcatel-LucentJames P. Gordon
Department of Physics, Columbia University
The OSA Foundation

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Presented Monday, 9 June 2014


Symposium Organizers

Rene-Jean Essiambre, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Herwig Kogelnik, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Susie Gordon, wife of Jim Gordon

James P. Gordon, one of the founding fathers of quantum electronics, passed away on June 21, 2013. This symposium celebrated his work and life.

Distinguished speakers, including close collaborators of Jim, recounted some of his numerous scientific and technical contributions. These include the discovery of the maser (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), work on the "optical maser" (laser), the birth of quantum information theory, the theory of the confocal resonator, fundamentals of laser cooling and trapping, the first solitons in optical fibers and the theory of optical soliton communication systems. The speakers shared anecdotes with the audience and provided historical reminiscences. Attendees also learn about the singular philosophy that guided Jim's work, an inspiration to us all.

This symposium was a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections from colleagues about their work with Jim.

Read about personal recollections that were featured in the 2014 May issue of Optics & Photonics News.

Download the Gordon Memorial Symposium program.

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RenĂ©-Jean Essiambre, Susie Gordon, Susanna Gordon
Opening Remarks, Memories of a Husband, Memories of a Father
Charles Townes, Univ. of California, Berkeley
1964 Nobel Prize in Physics Recipient
Tony Heinz, Columbia Univ., USA
A Historical Perspective on the Maser and Laser
Arno A. Penzias, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
1978 Nobel Prize in Physics Recipient
The Impact of the Maser on the Discovery of the Cosmic Background Radiation
Gary D. Boyd, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA (retired)
The HIstory of the Confocal Resonator
Mark Shtaif, Tel-Aviv Univ., Israel
The Birth of Quantum Communications
Arthur Ashkin, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA (retired)
The Early Days of Laser Trapping
Steven Chu, Stanford Univ., USA (formerly Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent)
1997 Nobel Prize in Physics Recipient
Laser Cooling and Trapping
Linn Mollenauer, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA (retired)
Solitons in Optical Fibers
Herwig Kogelnik, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
René-Jean Essiambre, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
James P. Gordon Speakership & Closing Remarks

James Gordon Speakership


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