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IPG Founder Wins LIA’s Top Honor

Photonics.com
Nov 2009
Valentin Gapontsev, founder, chairman and CEO of high-power fiber laser maker IPG Photonics Corp. of Oxford, Mass., has received the 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow Award, the highest honor given by the Laser Institute of America (LIA). The prize was presented Nov. 4 at LIA’s International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) conference in Orlando, Fla. Named for the 1981 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, the award honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the application of lasers in science, industry, education and medicine. At the ceremony, Gapontsev was recognized as “the father of the fiber laser industry as it is known today, who has pioneered the field in five decades of academic work and as the founder and CEO of a global technology company that continues to transform the laser industry.”



GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
laser spectroscopy
That part of the science involved in the study of the theory and interpretation of spectra that uses the unique characteristics of the laser as an integral part in the development of information for analysis. Raman spectroscopy and emission spectroscopy are two areas where lasers are used.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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