Recognizing excellence on the frontiers of ultrafast lasers.
The foundation and Coherent, Inc. partnered to create the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize, which provides the opportunity for an early-career professional to pursue a compelling and innovative project that has the potential to make a meaningful and positive impact on the science and applications of ultrafast lasers.
The goal is to support individuals in the area of ultrafast photonics for the purpose of providing dynamic and rigorous research with a state of the art approach to solving difficult, real-world problems. Recipients will be granted total research freedom with consideration being given to the following: 1. Work focused on advancing basic research or; 2. Efforts focused on transitioning an idea into a commercial innovation. The prize is expected to help the recipient in their pursuit of the most compelling and interesting research issues in ultrafast optics. The Bernard J. Couillaud Prize is a personal prize and is not renewable.
How to Apply:
Applications will open in early 2022.
13 January 2022
28 February 2022
- Must be an early career professional (1-5 years post highest degree) pursuing a compelling project that has a meaningful global impact.
- Work in the field of ultrafast photonics
- Demonstrated the unique nature and global reach of the project.
- Program requirements recognizes and excludes career breaks from career timelines (e.g., elder care, maternity or paternity leave).
The Application will Include:
- A CV or resume.
- A statement describing why you think you would benefit from receiving this prize.
- Current research description with a focus on how your work will have a global impact.
- Example of published work
- Two references
2021 Selection Committee:
- Marco Arrigoni, Coherent
- Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford University
- Thomas Elsaesser, Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik
- Allister Ferguson, University of Strathclyde
- Jiang Shibin, AdValue Photonics
- Bo Li, Cornell University
Bowen Li, University of Colorado, Boulder and Poseidon Photonics
Bowen Li is a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Colorado, Boulder and the CTO and co-founder of Poseidon Photonics. He is the author of more than 30 journals and conference papers. His research passion isfrequency comb technology and its application in communication, sensing and imaging.
His winning research is on the bidirectional all-normal-dispersion (BANDi) fiber laser. This technology is a next-generation dual-comb laser source that generates two frequency combs from a single laser cavity. Featuring unprecedented pulse energy, inherent mutual coherence, and high system compactness, it provides a promising solution for practical dual-comb metrology devices that benefit various applications such as molecular spectroscopy, biochemical imaging and precise laser ranging.
"I love working with ultrafast lasers, and I’m honored to receive this prize and continue to explore research in the next generation of dual-comb laser technology."
- Bo Li, Cornell Univeristy, USA (2020)
- David Carlson, NIST, USA (2019)
The prize is endowed by:
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