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Lebedev Institute to maintain optics library of former SPIE Russia Chapter

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 29 October 2008 - The extensive SPIE Optics Library collected by the former SPIE Russia Chapter has a new permanent home in the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Oleg Krokhin, Director of the N.G. Basov Institute of Quantum Radiophysics at the Lebedev Physical Institute, announced that the agreement had been reached through discussions with Edmund Akopov, Executive Director of the former SPIE Russia Chapter.

The library includes Proceedings of SPIE and SPIE journals along with SPIE Press monographs, handbooks, tutorial texts, and Field Guide and Milestone series. The collection has been housed for the former chapter at the Lebedev Physical Institute Library since February 2006, and will now be considered part of the renowned, free-access library of the Lebedev Physical Institute.

"SPIE is very pleased that this comprehensive collection of optics and photonics literature will remain open to the public through the Lebedev Physical Institute," said SPIE President Kevin Harding. "Researchers from Russia have made important contributions to the world's knowledge of science and optical technologies in particular, and have greatly enriched SPIE's publications with their work."

Top Russian optics researchers

The list of distinguished Russian scientists who have contributed to the SPIE Optics Library as authors or editors includes Krokhin, director of the Basov Institute and former director of the Lebedev Institute; Gennadii Mesyats, current director of the Lebedev Institute; and Nicolai Basov, former director of the Lebedev Physical Institute and the Institute of Quantum Radiophysics, now named in his honor.

SPIE Fellows have contributed, including:

  • Valery Tuchin
  • Vladimir Lukin
  • Vladislav Panchenko
  • Mikhail Schelev
  • Andrei Mikaelian
  • Vitaly Konov
  • Oleg Angelsky
  • Anatoly Filachev
  • Alexander Prokhorov.

Many other prominent Russian scientists have contributed as well. Among them are:

  • Vladimir Zuev
  • Alexander Priezzhev
  • Zhores Alferov
  • Gennadii Matvienko
  • Vadim Privalov
  • Victor Ushakov
  • Artur Mak
  • Alexander Melker
  • Igor Kompanets
  • Ivan Scherbakov
  • Sergey Bagaev
  • Alexander Dirochka
  • Vadim Malinin 
  • Vitaly Samartsev, and others.

Research done while Basov and Prokhorov were at Lebedev Physical Institute was acknowledged in the awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics they shared in 1964 with Charles Townes.

The SPIE Optics Library collection dates from the former SPIE Russia Chapter's organization in 1990. SPIE has been transitioning its regional chapter program over the past few years, enabling the networks and activities established by the regional chapters to develop more effective, locally based organizations while maintaining close connections with SPIE.

Lebedev Physical Institute is one of the oldest research institutions in Russia, with roots tracing back to the early 18th century.

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