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Warren S. Warren

Warren S Warren is the chair of the Physics Department at Duke University; James B. Duke Professor of Physics, Chemistry, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering; and director of the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging.

Warren's research interests and 300 papers reflect advances in fundamental physics or technology, with applications ranging from molecular spectroscopy to imaging in extremely complex systems (such as human tissue or Renaissance painting).  The Meggers Award recognizes his developments of coherent laser spectroscopy, including femtosecond laser pulse shaping and phase-controlled pulse sequence generation, as the approaches evolved from nanosecond to femtosecond time resolution.  It also recognizes the connections and synergies he created with magnetic resonance experiments.

For his work he has received many awards, grants, and recognitions, including OSA’s Mees Medal in 2015 for “the development of controlled laser pulses and nonlinear imaging techniques to enable applications ranging from clinical diagnosis to scientific analysis of Renaissance artwork, “ the William F. Meggers Award in 2018 for “pioneering contributions in the fundamental science of optical and spin coherence and their synergistic applications in optical spectroscopy/microscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy/imaging through the development of pulse shaping techniques,” and election to OSA Fellow.

Document Created: 11 Jun 2020
Last Updated: 19 Jun 2020