Philippe Grangier has been awarded the Charles H. Townes award of the Optical Society of America, in recognition of his research in fundamental quantum optics.
Grangier, a research director at CNRS and a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, leads the Quantum Optics group at the Laboratory Charles Fabry and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School. His research focuses on studies of the non-classical properties of light, with regards to the application of quantum information.
In addition, Grangier is a member of the scientific council of the SeQureNet, which will work with applications deriving from his research in quantum cryptography.
The prize, given annually, was created in 1980 in honour of Charles H. Townes, whose work in the fields of masers and lasers is of great importance to the field of quantum electronics. The award is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the Perkin Fund, and the students and colleagues of Charles Townes himself.
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