The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division [QEOD] board is delighted to announce that Prof. Reinhard Kienberger has been elected the winner of the 2016 prize for ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’ for his seminal contributions to establishing the basic techniques for attosecond science with laser-based as well as accelerator-based sources. The prize will be awarded at the forthcoming Europhoton conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Source to be held in Vienna, Austria from 21-26 August, 2016.
Reinhard Kienberger obtained his Ph.D. in quantum optics at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria) in 2002 on sub-femtosecond pulse generation and measurement in the XUV regime. He spent a year at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA, USA, to develop a measurement system for sub-picosecond pulses in the hard x-ray regime bringing together know-how in ultrashort pulse generation and measurement spanning the whole high photon energy range. From 2007, he was leader of an independent Junior Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching/Munich, Germany. Kienberger was awarded the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for top science in Germany in 2006 and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2008. In the same year, he was appointed professor for experimental physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he became full professor and head of the Chair for Laser and X-ray Science in 2013. In 2015 he received an ERC Consolidator Grant. He was also awarded the ICO Prize of the International Commission for Optics, the Ernst Abbe Medal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation and he is Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Kienberger has made seminal contributions to the development of attosecond pulse generation and of methods for their characterization. He has been investigating ultrafast electron dynamics in atoms molecules and solids with attosecond techniques.
Further details on the Research in Laser Science and Applications prize and other QEOD prizes, including former prize winners can be found on the QEOD website at qeod.epsdivisions.org.