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Trio honored with Rudolph Kingslake Medal and Prize

17 September 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The 2009 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize has been awarded to Jürgen Jahns, Hans Knuppertz, and Michael Bohling of FernUniv. in Hagen for their paper titled "All-reflective planar-integrated free-space micro-optical femtosecond pulse shaper" published in the December 2009 issue of Optical Engineering.

The Kingslake Award Committee recognizes the vitally important technology of shaping optical pulses with durations in the femto-second range, without dispersion, for numerous applications in material processing and biomedical research. This paper describes a novel design for a compact pulse shaper that adopts an all-reflective optical system fabricated by micromachining, and which has the potential of integrating a spatial light modulator for advanced signal filtering.

The Rudolf Kingslake Medal is awarded annually in recognition of the most noteworthy original paper to appear in the Society's official journal, Optical Engineering, on the theoretical or experimental aspects of optical engineering. All papers published in the journal are automatically eligible for consideration for this award. An honorarium of $2,000 was presented.

Jahns is Fellow of SPIE.

For more information on this year's award and past winners, visit spie.org/x3073.xml.

SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society. SPIE urges you to nominate a colleague for his or her outstanding achievements. Nominations may be made through October 1 of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date. Visit SPIE.org/x1164.xml for instructions and nomination forms.

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