Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Celebrations & Awards

2016 Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (to Darko Zibar)

In a ceremony on 8th July 2016, the SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA) was awarded for the ninth time to a young scientist with an excellent proven record in optics and optical technology.

The 2016 laureate is Professor Darko Zibar from the Department of Photonics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The award was conferred on him in recognition of his outstanding contributions related to „Application of machine learning techniques to optical communication“.

Optical technologies have had a tremendous impact on the current communication infrastructure by enabling a high capacity data transport. This has resulted in a data explosion as the world is connected more than ever. It is expected that the global data traffic will exceed Exabits/s (1018 bit/s) in the near future. By 2020, our society will require capacities that are physically impossible to implement using current state-of-the-art optical communication technologies. In order to build future optical networks that can satisfy future capacity demands, several disciplines such as nonlinear optics, machine learning and optical fibre communication will have to be combined.

The expertise of Professor Zibar provides the foundation to establish a fruitful collaboration between SAOT researchers and him, especially in the fields of optical communication. Moreover, the idea is to initiate new research directions by exploring the machine learning techniques for optical fibre sensors and cavity opto-mechanics.

As award winner, he has the formal status of a guest professor during his time at the SAOT while utilizing is prize money of € 100,000 in close collaboration with several SAOT scientists.

In his welcome address, the SAOT Coordinator and Director Professor Schmidt gave a short overview about SAOT and welcomed Professor Zirba, laureates from the past, and chosen guests.

The lecture of the academic ceremony was given by Professor Sergei K. Turitsyn, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Birmingham, UK. The title of the lecture was „Nonlinear Science of Commercial Optical Systems and Devices“.

After a Laudation given by Professor Schmidt, the YRA, which includes a certificate, a trophy, and a € 100,000 check, was presented to Professor Zirba by the President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Professor Hornegger.

Following the acknowledgment of Professor Zirba, the Student Award 2016 was presented by Professor Will, Co-Coordinator and Director of SAOT.

Six „SAOT Student Awards“ were presented to the SAOT doctoral candidates with publications in high-ranking international periodicals listed in the Science Citation Index in the ISI Web of Science.

One prize valued at € 1,000 was awarded in each of the six research areas:

1)      Martin Wimmer in the topic Optics in Communication for his publication „Observation of optical solitons in pt-symmetric lattices“.

2)      Yi Hou in the topic Optical Materials and Systems for his publication „Inverted, environmentally stable perovskite solar cell with a novel low-cost and water-free pedot hole-extraction layer“.

3)      Felix Tenner in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication „Analysis of the correlation between plasma plume and keyhole behaviour in laser metal welding for the modeling of the keyhole geometry“.

4)      Fanuel Mehari in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication „Investigation  of the differentiation of ex vivo nerve and fat tissues using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS): prospects for tissue-specific laser surgery“.

5)      Michael Storch in the topic Optical Metrology for his publication „The effect of ethanol blending on mixture formation, combustion and soot emission studied in an optical disi engine“.

6)      Thomas Köhler in the topic Computational Optics for his publication „Multi-sensor super-resolution for hybrid range imaging with application to 3-D endoscopy and open surgery“.

Dr. Bräuer, the SAOT Director of Administration, closed the ceremony with the presentation of the SAOT Innovation Award. This award opens the possibility to a SAOT doctoral candidate to work on a highly innovative idea by receiving a prize money of € 20,000. SAOT’s winner of this year’s Innovation Award is Dipl.-Ing. Maximilian Rumler for his idea on „Nano-Direct Laser Writing: Bridging the Gap between micro- and nanofabrication“. At the end of the ceremony this year’s winner of the SAOT Video Competition was shown: “Printed Dielectric Mirrors for Organic Electronics” by Carina Bronnbauer.

2015 Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (to Alexander Jesacher)

Joachim Hornegger, Alexander Jesacher, Michael Schmidt

In a ceremony on 9th July 2015, the SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA) was awarded for the eighth time to a young scientist with an excellent proven record in optics and optical technologies.

The 2015 laureate is Professor Alexander Jesacher from the Division for Biomedical Physics of the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria. The award was conferred on him in recognition of his outstanding contributions related to “Diffractive Optics in Camera-Based Scanning Microscopy”.
Jesacher’s fields of specialization are:
Active & Adaptive optics in light microscopy
Confocal microscopy
Harmonic generation microscopy (SHG, THG)
Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscopy
Lensless imaging and digital holography
PSF engineering
Laser micro-fabrication
Optical Micromanipulation

Fortunately the expertise of Professor Jesacher fits well to establish a fruitful collaboration between SAOT researchers and him. Or as he put it in his own words: “My motivation for applying was the fact that the SAOT young researcher award is an excellent opportunity for me, as it would allow me to be  a part of a powerful network of expertise in optics and to broaden my knowledge in this exciting field. I also believe that my expertise would be a gain for the SAOT, since I can identify common interest but also complementary skills. I can already propose interesting research in a field which combines scanning optical microscopy with diffractive optics and I am confident that yet unknown prospects and ideas will develop during my research stay in Erlangen.”

As award winner he has the formal status of a guest professor during his visits at the SAOT when he spends his prize money of 100.000 Euros in close collaboration with several SAOT scientists.

In his welcome address the SAOT Coordinator and Director Professor Schmidt gave a short overview about SAOT and welcomed Professor Jesacher, laureates from the past and chosen guests.

The lecture of the academic ceremony was given by Professor Rafael Piestun, Director of NSF-IGERT Program in Computational Optics Sensing and Imaging at the University of Colorado, USA. The title of the lecture was “Overcoming diffraction and scattering effects: A new era in optical imaging”.

After a Laudation given by Professor Schmidt, the YRA which comprises a certificate, a trophy and a € 100.000 cheque, was presented to Professor Jesacher by the President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Professor Hornegger.

Following the acknowledgment of Professor Jesacher, the Student Award 2015 was presented by Professor Will, Co-Coordinator and Director of SAOT.

Six „SAOT Student Awards“ were presented to the SAOT doctoral candidates with publications in high-ranked international periodicals listed in the Science Citation Index in the ISI Web of Science. One prize valued at € 1.000 was awarded in each six research areas:

Marcus Baum in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication “Generation of phase-only holograms by laser ablation of nanoparticulate ITO layers”. Christian Sauerbeck in the topic Optical Metrology for his publication “Shedding light on the growth of gold nanoshells”. Bettina Heim in the topic Optics in Communication and Information Technology for her publication “Atmospheric continuous-variable quantum communication”. Simone Gaffling in the topic of Computational Optics for her publication “A Gauss-Seidel iteration scheme for reference-free 3-D histological image reconstruction”. Hong Zhang in the topic Optical Materials and  Systems for his publication “Improved high-efficiency perovskite planar heterojunction solar cells via incorporation of a polyelectrolyte interlayer”. Fanuel Mehari in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication “Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for bone and cartilage differentiation – ex vivo study as a prospect for a laser surgery feedback mechanism”.

Dr. Bräuer, the SAOT Director of Administration, closed the ceremony with the presentation of the SAOT Innovation Award. This award opens the possibility to a SAOT doctoral candidate to work on a highly innovative idea by giving a prize money of 20,000 €. SAOT’s winner of this year’s Innovation Award is Dipl.-Phys. Gerhard Schunk for his idea on „Whispering-Gallery Type Wavemeter“

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2014 Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (to Edouard Berrocal)

M. Schmidt, E. Berrocal, K.-D. Grüske

On June 10th 2014 the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) bestowed the seventh Young Research Award in Optical Technologies (YRA). The award of 2014 was received personally by Professor Edouard Berrocal from the Division of Combustion Physics of the Lund University, Sweden.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt, new Coordinator & Director of SAOT, welcomed Professor Berrocal, laureates from the past years and chosen guests at the beginning of the ceremony.

The lecture of the academic ceremony was given by Prof. Dr. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus, Chair Professor Physical Chemistry at the University of Bielefeld, germany and President of the Combustion Institute in Pittsburgh, USA. The title of the lecture was "Optical Diagnostics in Combustion and Beyond".

After a Laudatio given by Professor Schmidt, the YRA which comprises a certificate, a trophy and a € 100.000 cheque, was presented to Professor Berrocal by the President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Professor Grüske.

Following the acknowledgment of Professor Berrocal, the Student Award 2014 was presented by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Alfred Leipertz, former Coordinator and today's Co-Coordinator and Director of SAOT.

One prize valued at € 1.000 was awarded in each six research areas.

Rajesh Kanawade in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication "Pilot study of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for tissue differentiation by monitoring the plume created during laser surgery - An approach on a feedback Laser control mechanism" in Spectrochimica Acta Part B-Atomic Spectroscopy.
Yan Xia in the Topic Computational Optics for his publication "Towards Clinical Application of a Laplace Operator-based ROI Algorithm in C-arm CT" in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.
Thomas Koller in the topic Optical Metrology for his publication "Thermophysical Properties of the Ionic Liquids" in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
Arian Kriesch in the topic Optical Material and Systems for his publication "Functional Plasmonic Nanocircuits with Low Insertion and Propagation Losses" in NanoLetters.
Marcus Baum in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication "Determination of the effective refractive index of nanoparticulate ITO layers" in Optics Express.
Michael Förtsch in the topic Optics in Communication and Information Technologies for his publication "A versatile source of single photons for quantum information processing" in Nature Communications.

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bräuer closed the ceremony with the presentation of the SAOT Innovation Award, bestowed for the second time. In 2014 Thomas Werblinski received the prize money of € 20.000 to work on his idea: "High Speed Broadband Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy Based on Supercontinuum Radiation and a Ultra-Fast Line Camera."

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2013 Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (to Jonathan Home)

Prof. Wineland during his lecture
Photo from left to right: Prof. Leipertz, Prof. Home and Prof. Grüske
Photo from left to right: prof. Leiperz, C.-Y. Lin, P. Bechtold, S. Oppel, M. Kraus, K. Müller, K. Reinhold Lopez, Prof. Grüske, Prof. Schmidt
Photo from left to right: Prof. Leipertz, F. Tenner, Prof. Grüske, Prof. Schmidt and Dr. Bräuer
Photo from left to right: Prof. Leipertz, Prof. Wineland and Prof. Grüske

In a ceremony on 28th July 2013, the SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA) was awarded for the sixth time. The 2013 laureate is Professor Dr. Jonathan Home, Assistant Professor of Quantum Optics and Photonics in the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich).

The YRA recognizes his outstanding contributions in ion trap quantum information processing. For the next few years he will be seen on a regular basis at the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), where he will spend the prize money of 100,000 Euro in close collaboration with SAOT scientist. In this period he will be affiliated with the SAOT and the FAU as a guest professor.

In his welcome address the SAOT Coordinator and Director Professor Leipertz gave also a short overview about the award winners of the last years and their scientific importance for SAOT. Dr. Jonathan Home finds himself in a group of well-chosen laureates of which several were present at the ceremony.

From 2006 to 2010 Jonathan Home worked in the research group of Prof. David J. Wineland at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at Boulder, Colorado. Prof. Wineland, one of the two 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics, presented the lecture of the ceremony with the title „Superposition, Entanglement, and Raising Schrödinger’s Cat“ in which he gave some personal insights into the work which led him to the Nobel Prize and also into the ceremony of the Nobel Prize at Stockholm last December. By this talk he gave his congratulations personally to Jonathan Home.

In the audience, consisting of nearly 150 persons from science, politics and industry, with Prof. Roy J. Glauber from Havard University a second Nobel Laureate – one of the three 2005 Nobel Laureates in Physics – was present which makes this 2013 award ceremony surely to a very unique SAOT event.

The YRA which comprises a certificate, a trophy and a € 100,000 cheque, was presented to Professor Home by the President of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Professor Grüske.

In his Acknowledgement Prof. Home presented an outlook of what is to be expected of his work during the next few years in his collaboration with SAOT scientists using novel photonic crystal fiber structures to realize new types of ion traps.

Together with the Young Researcher Award, in the ceremony six „SAOT Student Awards“ were presented to the SAOT doctoral candidates with publications in high-ranked international periodicals listed in the Science Citation Index in the ISI Web of Science. One prize valued at 1,000 Euro was awarded in each of the six SAOT research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical materials and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics. The prizes were presented by the SAOT Co-Coordinator and Director Professor Schmidt.

Dr. Bräuer, the SAOT Director of Administration, closed the ceremony with the first-time presentation of the SAOT Innovation Award. This award opens the possibility to a SAOT doctoral candidate to work on a highly innovative idea by giving a prize money of 20,000 €. SAOT’s first winner of the Innovation Award is Dipl.-Ing. Felix Tenner for his idea on „Optical Tremor Analysis for Rehabilitation and Performance Measures“

After the formal end of the award ceremony, Prof. Wineland signed the Golden University Visitors´ Book.

Watch the lectures on fau.tv:
http://www.video.uni-erlangen.de/course/id/229.html

 

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Young Researcher Award ceremony 2012 (to Martin Booth)

From left to right: Coordinator of SAOT Professor Leipertz, Laureate Dr. Booth, President of FAU Professor Grüske

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The commemorative speech presented by Professor Christopher Dainty, NUI Galway

On June 11th 2012 the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) presented the fifth Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA). The award is made to a young scientist with an excellent record in optics and optical technologies. It underlines SAOT’s objective to improve interdisciplinary research and education in development and application of optics and optical technologies, particularly at the interfaces between natural sciences, engineering and medicine.

This year's laureate is Dr. Martin Booth, EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Advanced Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK. The YRA recognizes his outstanding contributions in the application of adaptive optics to microscopy and photonic engineering. Dr. Booth's areas of research include

  • active and adaptive optics, wave front sensing and control for microscopy and optical engineering.
  • high-resolution optical microscopy with applications in biomedical imaging and material characterization.
  • optical micromachining and fabrication for development of photonic devices.

 

This expertise fits well to the SAOT research fields of optical material processing, optical materials and optical metrology. For the next few years Dr. Booth will have the formal status of a SAOT guest professor. Funded by the prize money of € 100,000 he will set up a small working group in Erlangen to pursue optical investigations in collaboration with SAOT scientists.

 

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SAOT Student Awards 2012

From left to right: Prof. Grüske, C. Forman, S. Eichmann, A. Fieselmann, T. Röthlingshöfer, A. Rumpel, K.-H. Leitz, Prof. Schmidt, Prof. Leipertz

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As a part of Young Researcher Award ceremony, six 'Student Awards' valued at € 1000 were presented to SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative published work. One prize was awarded in each six research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics:

  • Andreas Fieselmann in the topic Computational Optics for his publication
    Interventional 4-D C-Arm CT Perfusion Imaging Using Interleaved Scanning and Partial Reconstruction Interpolation, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING 31, APRIL 2012
  • Christoph Forman in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication
    Self-encoded marker for optical prospective head motion correction, MRI
    Medical Image Analysis 15, 708-719 (2011)
  • Simone Eichmann in the topic Optical Metrology for her publication
    Acetone (CH3)2CO is a common tracer for laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) to investigate mixture formation processes and temperature fields in combustion, Optics Express 19, 11052-11058 (2011)
  • Armin Rumpel in the topic Optical Material and Systems for his publication
    Tuning the Molecular Order of C60 Functionalized Phosphonic Acid Monolayers
    Langmuir 27, 15016–15023 (2011)
  • Karl-Heinz Leitz in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication
    Numerical simulation of process dynamics during laser beam drilling with short pulses, Applied Physics A, Volume 106,  pp. 885-891 (2012)
  • Tobias Röthlingshöfer in the topic Optics in Communication and Information Technologies for his publication
    Multilevel Phase-Preserving Amplitude Regeneration Using a Single Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirror, IEEE Photonic Technology Letters, Volume 23, pp. 1007-1009 (2011)

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Young Researcher Award ceremony 2011 (to Zeev Zalevsky)

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On 20th May 2011 the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) presented for the fourth time the "Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies". The 2011 laureate is Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, Associate Professor at the School of Engineering at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel, who has made outstanding contributions in the field of super resolution and its use in biomedical applications. As award winner he will have the formal status of a guest professor during his stays at the SAOT when he spends the prize money of 100,000 Euros in close collaborations with several SAOT scientists. For the next few years he will set up a small working group in Erlangen to pursue optical investigations in his area of expertise.

  The award underlines SAOT's objective to improve interdisciplinary research and education in development and application of optics and optical technologies, particularly at the interfaces between natural sciences, engineering and medicine. The Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies strengthens the international networking of distinguished experts and provides a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of innovative scientific ideas. Following the Young Researcher Award, at the same ceremony "SAOT Student Awards" valued at 1,000 Euros each were presented to six SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative work published in high-ranked international periodicals listed in the Science Citation Index in the ISI Web of Science. One prize was awarded in each of the six SAOT research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational

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SAOT Student Awards 2011

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As a part of Young Researcher Award ceremony, six 'Student Awards' valued at € 1000 were presented to SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative published work. One prize was awarded in each six research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics:

  • Markus Mayer in the topic Computational Optics for his publication
    Retinal nerve fibre layer segmentation on FD-OCT scans of normal subjects and glaucoma patients, Biomedical Optics Express Volume 1, pp. 1358-1383 (2010)
  • Fabian Eisa in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication
    Comparison of anatomic coordinate systems with rigid multi-resolution 3D registration for the reproducible positioning of analysis volumes of interest in QCT, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Volume 55, pp. 1429-1439 (2010)
  • Kristina Noack in the topic Optical Metrology for her publication
    The role of the C2 in interionic interactions of imidazolium based ionic liquids: A vibrational and NMR spectroscopic study, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Volume 12, pp. 14153-14161 (2010)
  • Benedikt Schürer in the topic Optical Material and Systems for his publication
    Probing colloidal Interfaces by angle resolved second harmonic light scattering, Physical Review B, Volume 82,  pp. 241404-1-4 (2010)
  • Feng Shao in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication
    Mask-topography-induced phase effects and wave aberrations in optical and extreme ultraviolet lithography, J. of Vacuum Science and Technology, Volume 28,  pp. C6J1-C6J7 (2010)
  • Muhammad Rameez Asif in the topic Optics in Communication and Information Technologies for his publication
    Optimized digital backward propagation for phase modulated signals in mixed-optical fibre transmission link, Optics Express, Volume 18, pp. 22796-22807 (2011)

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Young Researcher Award ceremony 2010 (to Terrence R. Meyer)

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In a ceremony on 31st May 2010 the SAOT Young Researcher Award was awarded for the third time. This year’s laureate is Terrence R. Meyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Clean Energy Technologies Program at the Iowa State University. The prize honours the outstanding contributions of Terrence Meyer to laser diagnostics in combustion published in about 40 research papers.

About 150 persons from science, politics and industry joined the award ceremony in the assembly hall of the university's headquarters. A welcome address and a laudation were spoken by the SAOT Coordinator and Director Professor Leipertz. The ceremonial lecture was presented by Professor Andreas Tünnermann from the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena. The prize which comprises a certificate, a trophy and a € 100,000 cheque, was conferred to Professor Meyer by the President of the university, Professor Grüske. The prize money will fund research activities at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) during the next three to four years. During this period Professor Meyer will be affiliated with the SAOT and the FAU as a guest professor.

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SAOT Student Awards 2010

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As a part of Young Researcher Award ceremony, six 'Student Awards' valued at € 1000 were presented to SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative published work. One prize was awarded in each six research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics:

  • Matthias Wohlmuth in the topic Computational Optics for his publication
    Dynamic Multimode Analysis of Q-switched Solid State Laser Cavities, Optics Express Volume 17, Issue 20, pp. 17303-17316 (2009)
  • Rüdiger Bock in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication
    Glaucoma Risk Index: Automated Glaucoma Detection from Color Fundus Images, Medical Image Analysis, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp. 471-481 (2010)
  • Sascha Engel in the topic Optical Metrology for his publication
    Gas Mixing Analysis by Simultaneous Raman Imaging and Particle Image Velocimetry, Optics Letters, Volume 34, Issue 20, pp. 3122-3124 (2009)
  • Eugen Tatartschuk in the topic Optical Material and Systems for his publication
    Plasmonic Excitation in Metallic Nanoparticles: Resonances, Dispersion Characteristics and Near-Field Patterns, Optics Express,Volume 17, Issue 10, pp.8447-8460 (2009)
  • Azhar Zam in the topic Optical Material Processing for his publication
    Limitations of Cancer Margin Delineation by Means of Autofluorescence Imaging under Conditions of Laser Surgery, J. of Innovative Optical Health Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 45-51 (2010)
  • Christian Stephan in the topic Optics in Communication and Information Technologies for his publication
    Phase-Preserving Amplitude Regeneration in DPSK Transmission Systems using a Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirror, IEEE J. of Quantum Electronics, Volume 45, Issue 11, pp. 1336-1343 (2009)

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Young Researcher Award ceremony 2009 (to Alexandra Boltasseva)

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talk by Professor Vladimir Shalaev

In 2009 the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) honors Professor Alexandra Boltasseva with the Young Researcher Award for outstanding scientific contributions of a young researcher with a proven record in Optics, Photonics and Optical Technologies. The prize money is 100,000 EURO.

Almost 150 persons from science, politics and industry joined the award ceremony in the assembly hall of University′s palace. The welcome address and the laudation were spoken by the SAOT Coordinator Professor Leipertz. The ceremony lecture was presented by Professor Vladimir Shalaev from Purdue University, USA. Afterwards the prize, which comprises a certificate, a trophy and a 100,000 Euro cheque, was conferred to Professor Boltasseva by the Rector of the University Professor Grüske. The prize money will be spend for research activities at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) during the next three to four years. During this period Professor Boltasseva is affiliated with the SAOT and the FAU as a guest professor.

The 31 years old Alexandra Boltasseva is Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Department of Photonic Engineering, and currently on leave of absence as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

The prize honors her pioneering contributions in the fields of plasmonics and metamaterials. The main avenue of her research is advanced nanostructuring of metamaterials, specially designed, artificially created materials that can show electromagnetic properties not achievable with naturally occurring materials, with applications ranging from advanced photonics to chemical- and bio-sensors.

In her research, state-of-the-art nanofabrication tools are used to develop new methods and processes for creating novel nanophotonic components based on nanostructured metal-dielectric materials, with the aim to exploit physical phenomena related to surface plasmon polaritons, to address issues of miniaturized photonic circuitry and to develop new types of surface plasmon nano-devices for controlling optical processes at the subwavelength scale. Alexandra Boltasseva has published almost 40 research papers listed in the Science Citation Index (Web of Science).

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SAOT Student Awards 2009

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As a part of Young Researcher Award ceremony, four 'Student Awards' valued at € 1000 were presented to SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative published work. One prize was awarded in each six research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics:

  • Britta Heubeck in the topic Computational Optics for her publication
    New Finite Elements for Large-Scale Simulation of Optical Waves, SIAM J. Sci. Comput. Volume 31, Issue 2, pp. 1063-1081 (2008)
  • Florian Jäger in the topic Optics in Medicine for his publication
    Nonrigid Registration of Joint Histograms for Intensity Standardization in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, IEEE Transaction on Medical Imaging, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2008
  • Dr. Johannes Kiefer in the topic Optical Metrology for his publication
    Infrared Spectroscopy of a Wilkinson Catalyst in a Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid, ChemPhysChem 2008, 9, 2207 – 2213
  • Eugen Tatartschuk in the topic Optical Material and Systems for his publication
    Analytical formulation for the resonant frequency of split rings, J. Appl. Phys. 105, 014903 (2009); DOI:10.1063/1.3056052

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Young Researcher Award ceremony 2008 (to Clemens Kaminski)

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talk by Professor Ursula Keller

At 7th of January 2008 the Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) conferred for the first time the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies which is awarded with 100,000 €. The award winner was selected by the SAOT executive committee consulted by international experts in the field.

First award winner was the Austrian scientiest Dr. Clemens Kaminski from the University of Cambridge. The rector of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske handed over the award in an academic ceremony in the auditorium of the Erlanen ’Schloss’.

The Laudation was given bei the coordinator of the SAOT Prof. Dr. Alfred Leipertz who holds a chair for Engineering Thermodynamics. Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller from the ETH Zürich gave a keynote talk about ’Generation and Application of Ultrashort Laser Pulses’.

Dr. Clemens Kaminiski is honoured for his excellent research in the field of optical technologies, particularly in the research and development of plasmas for diamond precipitation, turbolent combustion processes, spark processes and recently also for medical and biological systems. The award is combined with the position of a guest professor at the University of Erlangen-NÜrnberg with in the Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies.

SAOT-Coordinator Prof. Leipertz says: ’The cooperation on an international level is an essential element of our graduate school. Therefore we invite scientist to Erlangen, who are leading in their field worldwide. Tey can share their knowledge with the Ph.D. students of the graduate school and can broaden it by working together with the SAOT scientists in Erlangen.’

The award winner

Dr. Clemens Kaminsik obtained his PhD in 1995 from Oxford University where he worked on the development of non linear laser techniques for the study of plasmas and flames. For his PhD work he was awarded a research fellowship by Keble college Oxford, and the Legerlotz foundation research prize.
In 1995 he moved to Marcus Aldén's group at the Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden), where he held an EU Marie Curie fellowship and later an Associate Professorship in Engineering Physics. At Lund he pioneered techniques for the time resolved study of fast chemical processes and began extension of these techniques towards biological applications, building the foundations for the Laser Analytics group's current research portfolio. He was appointed to his current position as a reader at Cambridge University in 2001.
He won the Cyril Hinshelwood Prize in 2004, the Gaydon Award in 2004, and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2005.

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SAOT Student Award 2008

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The SAOT Student Award 2008 was conferred for the best publication of a SAOT PhD student in the field of optics. It was conferred to Sebastian Pfadler in recognition of his excellent contributions in the field of laser diagnostics for turbulent combustion, in particular for his publication
Flame Front Detection and Characterization Using Conditioned Particle Image Velocimetry (CPIV), Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 23, 2007, pp. 15444-15456

The prize was handed over during the 3th SAOT academy at the island of Herrenchiemsee in July 2008.

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Academic ceremony "One Year SAOT"

1.10.2007, 1.30 p.m., "Aula" of the "Schloss" in Erlangen

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Mission

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.