Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony

Plenary Speakers
Joss Bland-Hawthorn
David Reitze

Awards Ceremony
2015 Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus Quinn Prize Recipient - James G. Fujimoto
2015 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Recipient - Christopher Monroe

Plenary Speakers

Joss Bland-Hawthorn
University of Sydney, Australia

Astrophotonics: Future Developments in Astrophysics and Instrumentation

Joss is one of Australia's leading astronomers. He was born in Kent, England, educated in Oxford and Birmingham, before coming to Australia in 1982 to undertake a PhD. In the period 1985-1993, Joss was an astrophysicist at the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, and a professor of physics at Rice University Texas. In 1993, he returned to work at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Sydney, eventually to become Head of the research and development team.
In 2007, he moved to the University of Sydney to take up an Australian Federation Fellowship. In 2014, he was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship to continue his work in astrophysics and astrophotonics. Today he is the Director of the Sydney Institute of Astronomy and Principal Investigator for the Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Labs.
He has been the recipient of many prizes including the Muhlmann Prize in 2009 (USA) and the Jackson-Gwilt Medal in 2012 (UK). In 2010, Joss was the Merton College Fellow and the Leverhulme Professor at Oxford. In 2012, Joss was elected to the Australian Academy of Science, an august body of Australia's 400 leading scientists, and the Optical Society of America. He has published 400 refereed papers with 30,000 citations and an h-index of 80.

David Reitze
Caltech, USA

David Reitze is an American laser physicist who is Professor of Physics at the University of Florida and served as the scientific spokesman of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment in 2007-2011. In August 2011, he took a leave of absence from the University of Florida to be the Executive Director of LIGO , stationed at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. He obtained his BS in 1983 from Northwestern University, his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and had positions at Bell Communications Research and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, before taking his faculty position at the University of Florida.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
An expert in ultrafast optics and laser spectroscopy, he now specialises in laser-based interferometric gravitational wave detection. This includes the development of new interferometer topologies for next generation gravitational wave detectors, investigations of thermal loading in passive and active optical elements, development of high power optical components, and the design, construction and operation of the LIGO interferometers.

As Director of the LIGO lab, one his main efforts has been planning the proposed extension of the LIGO network of detectors to include one in India.

Awards Ceremony

OSA and APS will present awards and honors during the Plenary Session.

2015 Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus Quinn Prize Recipient

James G. Fujimoto

Biography: Professor James. G. Fujimoto is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in EECS from MIT in 1979, 1981, and 1984 respectively.  He joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and is currently Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Professor Fujimoto’s research involves biomedical imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT), advanced laser technologies and applications in diverse areas including ophthalmology, endoscopy, cancer detection, surgical guidance and developmental biology.  The research team was responsible for the invention and development of optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT is now considered a standard of care in ophthalmology with several 10s of million procedures performed per year internationally.  The group is continuing research on advanced biomedical imaging and OCT technology, including high-speed and high-resolution imaging, functional Doppler flow and angiography as well as polarization sensitive methods.  The group investigates OCT applications in multiple areas including: clinical ophthalmology, endoscopy, small animal imaging, pathology laboratory imaging, developmental biology, neurosciences and genetics.  In addition, the group has extensive experience in femtosecond laser technology and ultrafast measurement.

Professor Fujimoto has published over 400 journal articles, is editor or author of 9 books, and holds numerous U.S. patents for his discoveries.  He is a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received the 1999 Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation, is co-recipient of the 2001 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, received the 2011 Zeiss Research Award and is co-recipient of the 2012 Champalimaud Vision Award.


2015 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Recipient

Christopher Monroe
University of Maryland, USA
For groundbreaking contributions to the study of light-matter interactions, in particular the discovery of optical spatial solitons in photorefractive media, for milestone contributions to nonlinear waves in photonic lattices, and for the observation of Anderson localization of light
Christopher Monroe is an experimental atomic physicist who specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for studies in quantum physics and applications in quantum information science. After getting his undergraduate degree from MIT, Monroe studied with Carl Wieman at the University of Colorado, earning his PhD in Physics in 1992.

From 1992-2000 he was a postdoc then staff physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in the group of David Wineland. With Wineland, Monroe led the research team that demonstrated the first quantum logic gate in 1995, and exploited the use of trapped atoms for applications in quantum information science. In 2000, Monroe became Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he pioneered the use of single photons to couple quantum information between atoms and also demonstrated the first electromagnetic atom trap integrated on a semiconductor chip.

From 2006-2007 was the Director of the National Science Foundation Ultrafast Optics Center at the University of Michigan. In 2007 he became the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute. In 2008, Monroe's group succeeded in producing quantum entanglement between two widely separated atoms and for the first time teleported quantum information between matter separated by a large distance. Since 2009 his group has investigated the use of ultrafast laser pulses for fast quantum entanglement operations and also pioneered the use of trapped ions for quantum simulations of many-body models related to quantum magnetism.