SPIE G.G. Stokes Award 2015
SPIE member Aristide Dogariu, professor of optics at CREOL, University of Central Florida (USA), is the 2015 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award.
Dogariu is recognized for his development of new theoretical concepts and innovative methods and techniques for understanding and measuring polarization properties of light-matter interaction.
SPIE gives the G.G. Stokes Award annually for exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization.
“Professor Dogariu is undoubtedly one of the leading authorities in the field of polarization optics,” notes Emil Wolf of University of Rochester (USA), who received the Stokes Award in 2010.
Dogariu’s work on stochastic scattering polarimetry, on the degree of mutual polarization, and the polarimetric description of random electromagnetic fields with different spectral composition is of particular importance, Wolf says.
Dogariu’s most significant contributions to the field of optical polarization include the use of statistical analysis based on higher-order field correlations to analyze the polarization properties of random fields and the use of polarization characteristics of light for describing its interaction with complex media.
These analysis and measurement tools have direct implications for a number of remote sensing and biophotonics applications. In addition, he has developed a new class of polarimetric techniques that rely on stochastic measurements.
This pioneering approach, based on statistical analysis of measured intensities, permits circumventing a number of limitations of classical polarimetry including the need for controlling the excitation fields and the measurement geometries.
Dogariu has served on several SPIE conference program committees including ones on polarization science and remote sensing; reflection, scattering, and diffraction from surfaces; and active polarimeter systems.
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