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Top Optics Award Goes to RMIT Physicist

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The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) has announced Min Gu as the 2019 recipient of the Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics, which is named in honor of the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor. Professor Gu is associate deputy vice chancellor for research innovation and entrepreneurship and director of the laboratory of artificial-intelligence nanophotonics at RMIT University. He holds a Ph.D. in optics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Distinguished professor Min Gu, RMIT University.
Distinguished Professor Min Gu, 2019 recipient of the Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics, in the laboratory of artificial-intelligence nanophotonics at RMIT University.

Recognized for his pioneering work in nanoscale information optics, Gu is a leading authority in the fields of nanophotonics, nanofabrication, and biophotonics. His work has led to major advancements in how data is stored, displayed, and transmitted.

“Optics is a tremendously exciting field and nanophonotics is at the frontier of research in so many ways,” he said. “Our work is driven by a desire to deliver real solutions to the real issues faced by industry. We seek industry input from the very start, to deeply understand the challenges and develop tailored technological solutions that can have a genuine impact.”

The Dennis Gabor Award is presented annually by SPIE in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications. The award will be presented to Gu at an official ceremony in August this year in San Diego, Calif.

GLOSSARY
nanophotonics
The study of how light interacts with nanoscale objects and the technology of applying photons to the manipulation or sensing of nanoscale structures.
holography
The optical recording of the object wave formed by the resulting interference pattern of two mutually coherent component light beams. In the holographic process, a coherent beam first is split into two component beams, one of which irradiates the object, the second of which irradiates a recording medium. The diffraction or scattering of the first wave by the object forms the object wave that proceeds to and interferes with the second coherent beam, or reference wave at the medium. The resulting...
diffractive optics
Optical elements that use diffraction to control wavefronts. Diffractive optical elements include diffraction gratings, surface-relief diffractive lenses, holographic optical elements and computer-generated holograms. Fabrication methods include diamond machining, interference of coherent beams (holography), injection molding and advanced microlithographic techniques. See also binary optics; holographic optical element.
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