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IEEE 2011 Photonics Award Recipient:
Amnon Yariv

The IEEE Photonics Award was established in 2002 by the IEEE Board of Directors. The award is presented for outstanding achievements in photonics. Photonics is defined as the science and technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon.

Amnon Yariv

     Sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, the award consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.
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     The IEEE Photonics Award will be presented to Amnon Yariv, “for fundamental contributions to photonics science, engineering and education that have broadly impacted quantum electronics and lightwave communications.” The presentation will be made during the Plenary Session at CLEO/QELS Conference which is taking place May 1–6, 2011, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA.
     With contributions spanning over 50 years and still continuing, Amnon Yariv’s work is at the heart of today’s high-speed optical communications systems. With his research group he proposed and developed in the 70’s the distributed feedback semiconductor laser, which is the main light source for fiber communication. He proposed and, with his group, demonstrated the optoelectronic integrated circuit. With colleagues he played a seminal role in introducing the field of Phase Conjugate Optics including the formulation of the quantum theory for non linear optics. At the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Dr. Yariv started one of the early university and research and teaching programs in quantum electronics and developed the textbooks that helped establish it as an academic discipline. He founded Ortel Corporation, which pioneered high-speed lasers for the cable television systems. An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Yariv is the Martin and Eileen Summerfield Professor of Applied Physics and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.


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