Top SPIE 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 nanophotonics 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.

Published: January 2019
An SI prefix meaning one billionth (10-9). Nano can also be used to indicate the study of atoms, molecules and other structures and particles on the nanometer scale. Nano-optics (also referred to as nanophotonics), for example, is the study of how light and light-matter interactions behave on the nanometer scale. See nanophotonics.
Nanophotonics is a branch of science and technology that explores the behavior of light on the nanometer scale, typically at dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light. It involves the study and manipulation of light using nanoscale structures and materials, often at dimensions comparable to or smaller than the wavelength of the light being manipulated. Aspects and applications of nanophotonics include: Nanoscale optical components: Nanophotonics involves the design and fabrication of...
Holography is a technique used to capture and reconstruct three-dimensional images using the principles of interference and diffraction of light. Unlike conventional photography, which records only the intensity of light, holography records both the intensity and phase information of light waves scattered from an object. This allows the faithful reproduction of the object's three-dimensional structure, including its depth, shape, and texture. The process of holography typically involves the...
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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