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Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann has been elected to a honorary member by the International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE. The title has been awarded as part of the conference "Photonics West" in San Francisco on 4 February 2013.

Tünnermann is honored for his achievements in the field of high power fiber lasers. His scientific work is crucial for the international development of the so-called all-solid-state lasers, that means stimulated solid-state lasers by diode lasers. Recent works are dealing with the scaling up in the multi-kW range. Tünnermann also contributed pioneering work  in the field of ultrafast optics. Thus he was able to demonstrate with his research team, the low damage precise structuring of materials using ultra-short pulses. Another research focus lies in the field of micro-and nanostructured optics. Using techniques of nanotechnology, micro-and nano-structures with novel functionality can be realized, for example, for so-called photonic crystals and metamaterials.Prof. Tünnermann is a member of various scientific societies; amongst others, he is a shareholder in the European Platform Photonics 21 and member of the Scientific Laser Society. For the BMBF Tünnermann as an advisor for the Program Committee "Optical Technologies". operates 2010 he was appointed to Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and since 2011 he is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech.

The SPIE was founded in 1955 and has more than 16,000 members, of which 4,000 are in Europe, headquartered in Bellingham (Washington). The SPIE annually organizes and supports about 25 conferences, exhibitions and educational programs worldwide. Since 1955, more than 1,000 SPIE members were named honorary members. In the group of 69 this year new elected honorary members Tünnermann is the only scientist from Germany.

News from: 07.02.2013 13:19
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