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18 March 2019

The Optical Society Names Fumio Koyama the 2019 Nick Holonyak Jr. Award Recipient

Awardee recognized for seminal contributions to VCSEL photonics and integration

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Fumio Koyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, the 2019 recipient of the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award. Koyama is recognized for seminal contributions to VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser) photonics and integration.


“Fumio Koyama’s pioneering work with VCSEL technology opened a door to a new range of optical devices,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “The Holonyak Award appropriately recognizes his achievements.”

Koyama received a Ph.D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1985. He is now director-general/Dean of the Institute of Innovative Research at the institution.  His research interests include VCSEL photonics, photonic integrated devices, and optical sensing. He has authored or co-authored more than 1,000 journal and conference papers. Koyama has received various awards, including IEE Electronics Letters Premium, IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award and Okawa Award.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, IEICE and JSAP.

Koyama realized the first room temperature continuous wave (cw) operation of VCSELs in 1988. He has spent much effort on improving and creating new functions for VCSELs for over 30 years. He proposed the creation of a new platform that laterally integrated VCSELs and optical functional devices. This allowed for the creation of a variety of new functions including high-speed modulators, coupled resonators for high-speed direct modulation, high-resolution beam scanners, optical amplifiers, and spatial light switches.

Established in 1997, the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award recognizes significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications. It honors Holonyak Jr.’s distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor-based light-emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers. The award is endowed by SDL Ventures, LLC, and Donald and Carol Scifres.

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