Herbert Walther Award

Herbert Walther Award

Recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.

The award was established in 2008 to honor Prof. 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. It is presented by OSA and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) in alternate years, and is endowed by Toptica Photonics AG, 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.


2020 - Eugene S Polzik [Citation]

For pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics including the demonstration of spin squeezing and entanglement of atomic ensembles, quantum teleportation between light and matter, a quantum memory for light, and hybrid atomic-mechanical coupling

2019 - Peter L Knight [Citation]

For remarkable and varied contributions to quantum optics and quantum information science, ranging from foundations to applications

2018 - Gerd Leuchs [Citation]

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

2017 - Randall Hulet [Citation]

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

2016 - Peter A Zoller [Citation]

For the pioneering discoveries and development of new interdisciplinary quantum science that unifies quantum optics, atomic, molecular, optical, and condensed matter

2015 - Peter E Toschek [Citation]

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

2014 - Massimo Inguscio [Citation]

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

2013 - H. Jeff Kimble [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum information science

2012 - Alain Aspect [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to the fields of quantum entanglement and cold atom physics

2011 - Marlan O Scully [Citation]

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

2010 - Serge Haroche [Citation]

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

2009 - David J Wineland [Citation]

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

Eugene S. Polzik