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This prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Some examples of relevant areas of research are: nonlinear optics, ultrafast phenomena, laser spectroscopy, squeezed states, quantum optics, multiphoton physics, laser cooling and trapping, physics of lasers, particle acceleration by lasers, and short wavelength lasers. The prize consists of $10,000 plus an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is awarded and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The prize will be awarded annually.
The prize was endowed by the NEC Corporation in 1991.
Nominations are open to candidates who have made outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers. Nominations are active for three years.
Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020
The nomination package must include:
In addition, the nomination should include:
To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.
2020 Selection Committee Members: Nick Bigelow (Chair), Toni Taylor (Vice-Chair), Steve Cundiff ('19 Recipient), Jennifer Ogilvie, Luis Orozco
Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
Nominees and award and office holders are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.