The Optical Society Names Recipient of the 2018 Adolph Lomb Medal

6 September 2018

The Optical Society Names Recipient of the 2018 Adolph Lomb Medal

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Andrei Faraon, California Institute of Technology, USA, the 2018 Adolph Lomb Medal recipient for his seminal contributions to on-chip quantum photonic technologies.

The medal honors Adolph Lomb, who was OSA's founding treasurer until his death in 1932, in recognition of his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics. The medal is presented to a researcher who, at an early-career stage, has made a noteworthy contribution to optics.  


Faraon, a Professor of Applied Physics at Caltech, received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford in 2009, and from Caltech a bachelor’s in Physics in 2004. From 2009 to 2012 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Hewlett Packard Laboratories.

Faraon’s research in the fields of nano-photonics and quantum optics includes study of the interaction between light confined in photonic nano-resonators, and optical quantum emitters in solids. Studied emitters include quantum dots in III-V semiconductors, color centers in diamond, and rare-earth dopants in crystals. He has demonstrated applications in nonlinear optical devices operating at single photon level, single photon sources and optical quantum memories.

Faraon has published more than 60 articles and filed more than 20 patents. He has received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation, USA; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA and the Office of Naval Research, USA.

“Prof. Faraon’s work in nano-photonics and quantum optics has led to applications that are remarkable for any early-career investigator,” says Award Selection Committee Chair, Chad A Husko, Argonne National Laboratory, USA.

“The significant research achievements of Dr. Faraon at such an early-career stage should serve as an inspiration to colleagues as well as scientists who are just beginning their research careers,” says OAS President Ian Walmsley, who is Provost of Imperial College, London, U.K.


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