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Dr. Victor Klimov Named Fellow in the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society

Dr. Victor Klimov, a team leader in the Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group in Chemistry Division, has added to his long list of honors by being named as a Fellow in both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America (OSA). The announcements were both made in early November, 2003.

Dr. Klimov is being recognized by the OSA for his pioneering studies of ultrafast dynamical process in nanocrystal quantum dots and for the development of fundamental principles of nanocrystal lasing. The statement from the APS cites Dr. Klimov "for pioneering studies of ultrafast dynamical processes in nanocrystal quantum dots (NQDs), development of fundamental principles for light amplification in NQDs, and the first demonstration of NQD lasing."

He is the world's leading expert in the field of nonlinear-optical and ultrafast spectroscopies of nanocrystal quantum dots. By applying femtosecond spectroscopic techniques, he has generated important insights into the fundamental physics of nanocrystals, and he has performed pioneering studies of intraband energy relaxation, multiexciton effects, and Auger processes. Recently, his team demonstrated experimentally optical amplification and lasing using nanocrystalline materials as tunable optical gain media. The prospect of realizing lasers for which the output color can be controlled by facile manipulation of nanoparticle size has been a strong driving force in nanocrystal research for almost two decades.

Dr. Klimov and his team continue to lead this new field of nanocrystal lasing. They are engaged in both the development of novel nanocrystalline lasing materials and exploring novel physical phenomena) for enhancing optical-gain performance of nanocrystals.

As a team leader in the Chemistry Division, Dr. Klimov directs research projects on the development, advanced characterization, and applications of soft-matter nanostructures based on semiconductor colloidal nanoparticles (nanocrystal quantum dots). He also serves as leader of the Nanophotonics and Nanoelectronics Thrust of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (U.S. Department of Energy), a member of the Los Alamos Board of Governors of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Alamos Quantum Institute.

Awards

* 2000 Los Alamos Fellows Prize
* 2001, 1997, 1996 Los Alamos Achievement Awards
* 1993 Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
* 1992 International Science Foundation Award

For more information on Dr. Klimov's research, visit the team's web page at http://quantumdot.lanl.gov/

The American Physical Society was founded in 1899 to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics. Today, the APS has over 43,000 members. Less than half of one percent of members can be Fellows at any given time.

The Optical Society of America was founded in 1916 to "increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics," and its 14,000 members are spread around the globe. Of those members, only 7% are Fellows. The Society produces publications, events, and services intended to advance the science of light by sharing knowledge and innovation.

Posted 11/03
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