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J. Gary Eden honored with Harold E. Edgerton Award

25 February 2010

J. Gary Eden, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, is the 2010 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his major contributions in demonstrating optical techniques for observing physical phenomena, including his seminal work in atomic, molecular and ultra fast spectroscopy.

"Over the past three decades, Prof. Eden has pioneered an array of pulsed laser techniques for 'freezing' the interaction of atoms and molecules, said Kanti Jain, Director of the Photonics, Microlectronics & Microsystems Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana. "In the spirit of Harold E. Edgerton, he has developed optical techniques to observe physical phenomena that were not accessible previously. This ability to observe ultrafast phenomena, such as the exchange of energy between two (or more) atoms as they interact, is a scientific advance worthy of Prof. Edgerton's legacy."

Eden is an SPIE Member. He has made significant contributions to SPIE technical programs, including serving as a member of the program committee that organizes the Conference on Solid State Lasers. He also edited the SPIE Milestone Series' volume 159, Gas Laser Technology (2000).

The Harold E. Edgerton Award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena. The development of new technologies and the new application of existing technologies shall be considered in the determination of the award. An honorarium of $2,000.00 will be presented.

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