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Dianov wins 2017 John Tyndall Award

28 Nov 2016

Russian Academy of Sciences professor recognized for key developmental work in nonlinear fiber optics.

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society have selected Evgeny Dianov as the winner of the 2017 John Tyndall Award, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the two scientific societies.

Dianov, a professor at the Fiber Optics Research Center in Moscow, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of laser physics, nonlinear optics and fiber optics. He previously won the Soviet Union’s 1974 State Prize for work on neodymium glass lasers, and followed that up with a similar award from the Russian Federation in 1998 for infrared fiber development.

The OSA’s CEO Liz Rogan said in a statement from the society: “Professor Dianov and his team began their early research in the field of low-loss optical fiber with very notable results – advancing the optical design, transmission, modal characterization, linearity and dispersion of a wide-range of optical fiber compositions.

“Several of those advancements were first-to-the-world and possessed record performance attributes. With this award, we congratulate Professor Dianov and his decades-long passion, determination and groundbreaking research in nonlinear fiber optics and optical fiber amplifiers.”

Christopher Jannuzzi, executive director of the IEEE Photonics Society, added: "Professor Dianov’s research brought about a new field of nonlinear fiber optics, enabled by the combination of low-loss optical fibers and high-power ultrafast lasers.

“Dianov’s contributions significantly advanced fiber optic technologies and we are honored to recognize his many accomplishments and impressive career.”

New fiber concepts
According to OSA, the main results of Dianov’s work over the past four decades have included new types of optical fibers, complete with innovations including:

• high-strength hermetically metal-coated, dispersion-decreasing, nitrogen-doped and low-loss highly nonlinear fibers
• new results in nonlinear fiber optics such as the first observation of soliton self-frequency shift
• the discovery of the electrostriction mechanism of soliton interaction
• generation of a train of fundamental solitons at high repetition rate
• the proposal and experimental confirmation of a photovoltaic model of second-harmonic generation in glass fibers
• the development of highly efficient Raman fiber lasers and optical amplifiers

The John Tyndall Award is named after the 19th-century scientist who was the first to demonstrate the phenomenon of internal reflection.

Supported by the fiber-optics giant Corning, its previous winners have included silicon photonics researcher John Bowers (2012), photonic integrated circuit (PIC) developer and Infinera founder David Welch (2011), semiconductor laser pioneer and SDL founder (and venture investor) Don Scifres (2006) and erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EFFA) inventor David Payne (1991).

Dianov, who will officially receive the award at next year’s Optical Fiber Conference in Los Angeles, is still active in fiber-optics research, and heads up a group that will present details of a “figure-of-eight” bismuth-doped ultrafast fiber laser operating at 1.3 µm at the forthcoming SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco.

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