Quantum optics chair receives highest nod from Optical Society of America

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

University of Ottawa professor Robert Boyd

OTTAWA, March16, 2016 -- University of Ottawa physics professor Robert Boyd has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Charles Hard Townes Award by the Optical Society of America.

The award, named after the man whose research and creativity led to the development of modern lasers and who taught Boyd when the latter was a graduate student, recognizes Boyd’s “fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials.”

Just recently, Boyd, who is also the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics, won the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, named for another pioneer in the development of laser technologies.

A yearly event at the University of Ottawa, the Schawlow-Townes Symposium on Photonics is organized in honour of these brilliant figures, attracting leading Canadian and international researchers in the field of photonics.

Over the years the University of Ottawa has been building a team of world-class researchers that aims to bridge the gap between theory, research and applied science in photonics. With 13 Canada Research Chairs in areas of photonics, one Canada Excellence Research Chair and one NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, as well as close ties with the National Research Council (NRC) and the third Max Planck Centre in North America on campus, the University of Ottawa is a world leader in the science of light. 

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