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 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 München 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.
View the current Herbert Walther Award Selection Committee.
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Peter L Knight
For remarkable and varied contributions to quantum optics and quantum information science, ranging from foundations to applications.
For pioneering and widespread scientific contributions ranging from ultrasmall focii of light to nonlinear optics, squeezed states of light and their application in metrology and quantum information, as well as for a continuing commitment to the physics community, quantum optics and his students and team members.
For pioneering achievements in the field of ultracold atomic gases, including the
achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation with attractive interactions and groundbreaking
studies of atomic fermions
Peter A. Zoller
For the pioneering discoveries and development of new interdisciplinary quantum science that unifies quantum optics, atomic, molecular, optical, and condensed matter.
Peter E. Toschek
For his pioneering experiments to laser cooling and trapping of single ions, his contributions to the understanding of principles of laser spectroscopy as well as of atomic physics.
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
H. Jeff Kimble
For his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum information science
For his pioneering experimental contributions to the fields of quantum entanglement and cold atom physics
Marlan O. Scully
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
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
David J. Wineland
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
Gerd Leuchs, 2018 Recipient