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The 2002 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics

Awarded January 9, 2002, at the 32nd Winter Colloquium on the Physics of Quantum Electronics.

Luigi Lugiato, Università dell'Insubria, Italy

For pioneering contributions to quantum electronics and especially the study of spatial coherence effects of multiphoton entangled states.


Luigi Lugiato is presently Professor of Quantum Electronics at University of Insubria in Como, Italy (since 1998) and was Professor of Physics at Turin Polytechnic (1987-90) and at University of Milano (1990-98), Honorary Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia (1980-90).

He has served on several boards, including the Board of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society 1994-2002), the Physics Panel of European Union Research Programmes (1992-97), the International Council of Quantum Electronics (1996-99), the International Advisory Board of the Max-Planck Institut für Quantenoptik (1996-2005). He was member of the editorial board of several journals (Optics Communications 1988-94, Quantum Optics 1989-94, Physical Review A 1991-93) and is Associate Editor of European Physical Journal D since 1998.

He received the Albert A. Michelson medal of the Franklin Institute (1987), the SIF-Optronic Prize (1991) of the Italian Physical Society, the Willis E. Lamb Award of Physics of Quantum Electronics Inc. (2002), the Quantum Electronics Prize of the European Physical Society (2003), and the International Khwarizmi Award (2005). He is Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society, and Life Fellow of the Franklin Institute. He is the Author of more than 350 articles in refereed journals, volumes and conference proceedings.

His research activity has been in the fields of Quantum Optics, Nonlinear Optics, Statistical Mechanics, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems. He contributed to the study of superfluorescence, optical bistability, nonclassical states of the radiation field, temporal instabilities and spatial pattern formation in nonlinear optical systems, cavity solitons, quantum aspects of nonlinear optical patterns, and quantum imaging.

Bio provided by Prof. Lugiato, 2006.

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