Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Winner Announced


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Winner Announced

Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics student recognized at CLEO/IQEC this week

Theodore Maiman Student Paper Winner
OSAF Chair G. Michael Morris and Vice-Chair Alexander Sawchuk congratulate the 2009 Competition Winner Georg Anetsberger, Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany and Honorable Mention Recipients  Jens Bethge, Max Born Institute, Germany and Jean-Michel Menard, University of Toronto, Canada

BALTIMORE, June 3—The OSA Foundation, HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science are pleased to announce Georg Anetsberger of the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany as the winner of the first annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. Anetsberger was awarded top honors for his paper titled “Ultralow Dissipation Optomechanical Resonators on a Chip.” The grand prize and two honorable mentions were bestowed yesterday during the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC), taking place this week at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Anetsberger was one of 23 Maiman Student Paper semi-finalists that were selected from more than 920 student paper submissions. The papers were reviewed and scored by the CLEO/IQEC technical program committee and semi-finalists were selected based on standard CLEO/IQEC paper review criteria. The top three semi-finalists presented their research at CLEO/IQEC and were judged based on innovation, research excellence and presentation ability.

Honorable mentions went to:

  • Jens Bethge, Max Born Institute, Germany
    Paper: “A Chirped Photonic Crystal Fiber for High-Fidelity Guiding of Sub-100 fs Pulses”
  • Jean-Michel Menard, University of Toronto, Canada
    Paper: “Spin Hall Effect of Light in a Semiconductor”
“We are pleased to present the first Maiman Student Paper Award to Georg, whose work is a great example of some of the best research occurring in the field of optics,” said Tim Carrig of Lockheed Martin and one of this year’s CLEO/IQEC technical program chairs. “Overall, we were impressed by the quality of the student contributions and look forward to continuing to recognize up-and-coming researchers through this award competition.”

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 the OSA Foundation.

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