OPN Talks with Marlan O. Scully

Sarah Michaud

Our conversation with Marlan O. Scully, "Quantum Cowboy" and Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize recipient.

figureMarlan Scully (right) riding horses on the Scully Ranch near Tucson, Ariz., with Russian optical scientist Vladilen Letokhov. (circa 1975)

Marlan O. Scully developed critical aspects of the field of quantum optics, including the quantum theory of the laser, quantum coherence effects, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum foundations. In addition, he led the first teams to demonstrate lasing without inversion and real-time detection of anthrax-type spores.

OSA will recognize Scully’s overall distinction in optics by awarding him the 2012 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize—OSA’s most prestigious award—during its annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, 14-18 Oct. in Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A.

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Publish Date: 01 September 2012

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