QEP Group Prize

2014 QEP Thesis Prize announcement

Congratulations to Dr Tobias Herr, winner of the 2014 QEP Thesis Prize. Tobias, who carried out his doctoral studies at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, under the supervision of Professor Tobias Kippenberg, is cited for his thesis entitled "Solitons and dynamics of frequency comb formation in optical microresonators".

Tobias's thesis has profound impact on the field of frequency combs and has triggered extensive work by numerous research groups. It has received international recognition and is a defining contribution to the scientific field of nonlinear optics and frequency combs, opening the door widely to new (and well-funded) research opportunities as well as fascinating applications.

Visit K-Lab, the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements at EPFL, to find out more about the research of their group.

2015 Doctoral Research Prize  - NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW

The QEP Doctoral Research Prize (formerly Thesis Prize) recognizes students who have conducted work of an exceptional standard in the field of quantum electronics and photonics. The winning student receives an award of £250 and a certificate.

Subject areas may include:

  • Nonlinear Optics & Spectroscopy
  • Coherent and Incoherent Light Sources
  • Laser Cooling, Trapping & Manipulation
  • Microstructured Photonic Systems
  • Quantum Information Processing
  • Laser Science
  • Metamaterials
  • Quantum Optics
  • Nanophotonics & Plasmonics
  • Magneto-optics

Supervisors are invited to submit nominations using this form.

Closing date: 5th January 2015
Eligibility: Students completing their PhD examination, to the stage of an examiners’ recommendation of at least a “pass with minor corrections”, during the 2014 calendar year may be nominated.
The winning student and host research group will be announced in early 2015.

The QEP Doctoral Research Prize is supported by Laser Physics Letters and Laser Physics [published by IOP Publishing on behalf of Astro Ltd].

Past winners
2013Sebastian Weustner
“Gain and Plasmon Dynamics in Active Nanoplasmonic Metamaterials”
Condensed Matter Theory Group
, Imperial College London
2012Paul Siddons
“Faraday Rotation of Pulsed and Continuous-wave Light in Atomic Vapour”
Atomic and Molecular Physics Group
, Durham University
2011Eric Plum
“Chirality And Metamaterials”
Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group
, University of Southampton

Nikitas Papasimakis
“Trapped-modes, Slow Light and Collective Resonances in Metamaterials”
Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Group
, University of Southampton

Kosmas Tsakmakidis
“Ultra-slow and stopped light in metamaterials”
Condensed Matter Theory Group, Imperial College London

2009Fernando Brandao, Imperial College London
2008Sarah Croke, Strathclyde University
2007Matthias Ediger, Heriot-Watt University
2006John Morton, Oxford University
2005Jörg Evers, Universität Freiburg
2004Hyunseok Jeong, Queen's University Belfast
Seán Martin O'Flaherty, Trinity College Dublin
2003Dimitris Angelakis, Imperial College London