The award ceremony for the biennial Young Scientist Prizes in Quantum Electronics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics [IUPAP] was held on 5 December 2013 at the OPTIC 2013 conference in Chung-Li, Taiwan.
This year, the Prize in Quantum Electronics (Applied Aspects) goes to Dr. Nickolas Vamivakas of the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. The Prize in Quantum Electronics (Fundamental Aspects) goes to Dr. Kin Fai Mak of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics. Dr. Vamivakas was cited for his seminal contributions to extending the domain of experimental quantum optics from atomic to solid-state systems. Dr. Mak was recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to the measurement and physical understanding of the novel optical properties of atomically thin 2D materials.
On behalf of IUPAP Commission related to Quantum Electronics, Prof. Ci-Ling Pan from the National Tsing Hua University read the citations and presented the prizes to these outstanding awardees. Prof. Pan briefly introduced IUPAP and the mandates of Commission C17. Nick and Kin Fai each gave a short presentation of their cited works.
The awardees visited and presented talks at a number of top institutions in Taiwan, i.e., National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan University and Academic Sinica.