The Institute of Physics 2019 awards presented on 18 November recognised outstanding contributions in many areas of photonics including:
- Professor Donna Stickland, University of Waterloo- Honary Fellowship for her pioneering method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.
- Matoha Instrumentation – Business Start-Up Award for the development of a low-cost small-scale infrared materials identification and analysis platform, enabling more efficient manual sorting of recyclable waste.
- Opsydia – Business Start-Up Award for the development of adaptive optics technology in laser processing enabling a novel security solution for diamond gemstones
- VeriVin – Business Start-Up Award for the development of a through-barrier wine and spirits analyser that allows authentication, characterisation and monitoriing of bottles without opening them.
- FFEI – Business Innovation Award for the development of advanced, whole-slide imaging (WSI) technologies that generate ultra-high resolution, colour-calibrated digital images, allowing clinicians to use digital pathology more widely in cancer diagnosis.
- Horiba – Business Innovation Award for the development of FLIMERA is a novel molecular movie camera that detects the location and dynamics of molecules using their fluorescence emissions. Each camera pixel simultaneously measures molecule timing and intensity.
- Dr Jonathan Breeze, Imperial College London – Henry Moseley Medal and Prize for his pioneering work on room-temperature solid-state masers. In particular, his breakthrough demonstration of continuous-wave room-temperature diamond masers that pave the way for a new generation of optical-microwave quantum devices.
- Professor William Barnes, University of Exeter – Thomas Young Medal and Prize for his outstanding contributions to the development of nanophotonics, especially in plasmonics and nanoscale light-molecule interactions.
- Professor Robert Hadfield, University of Glasgow – James Joule Medal and Prize for advancement of infrared single photon detection technology, through innovations in superconducting devices and cryogenic engineering.
- Dr Alexandre Dauphin, Institute of Photonics Sciences – The New Journal of Physics Early Career Award for influential word on detecting topological insulators in cold atoms and in photonics.
- Professor Roy Taylor, Imperial College London – Michael Farady Medal and Prize for his extensive, internationally leading contributions to the development of spectrally diverse, ultrafast-laser sources and pioneering fundamental studies of nonlinear fibre optics that have translated to scientific and commercial application.
The full list of 2019 award winners is available from the IOP
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Physics the 2020 awards will be awarded in July 2020 in Birmingham. The closing date for nominations is 13 January 2020.