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Halas, Nordlander, Heinz will receive Isakson Prize for nanophotonics work

15 October 2013

SPIE members Naomi Halas, Peter Nordlander, and Tony Heinz will receive the 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids in recognition of their groundbreaking research in nanophotonics.

The Isakson Prize is awarded in even numbered years by the American Physical Society to recognize outstanding optical research that leads to breakthroughs in the condensed-matter sciences. Halas and Nordlander share the prize with Columbia University photonics researcher Tony Heinz. In announcing the prize, APS cited Halas', Nordlander's and Heinz's "seminal contributions to our understanding of the photophysics of low-dimensional material systems, revealing the rich optical properties of plasmons, excitons and electrons in confined geometries."

Halas and Nordlander are Fellows of SPIE. Their research collaborations at Rice span more than 20 years and have addressed a broad spectrum of topics ranging from electromagnetic theory to chemical nanofabrication.

Naomi Halas, who was elected to the National Academy of Science in April, is one of the world's most-cited experts in nanophotonics and plasmonics. She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics and astronomy at Rice. She also is founding director of Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics and director of the Rice Quantum Institute.

Peter Nordlander received his PhD (1985) in Theoretical Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in Sweden. He is professor of physics and astronomy and of electrical and computer engineering at Rice, and is one of the world’s leading theoretical experts in nanoparticle plasmonics. His recent contributions include the development of the plasmon hybridization method, the theory for plasmonic Fano resonances and advances in the field of quantum plasmonics. He is a past director of the Rice Quantum Institute.

Tony F. Heinz is the David Rickey Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Heinz's research has centered on probing the electronic and vibrational properties of nanoscale materials and interfaces through the use of optical spectroscopy. His recent investigations have helped to elucidate the nature of optically excited states in carbon nanotubes, graphene, and other 2D materials.