MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering Franz X. Kaertner has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is one of 54 members of the OSA recently elevated to the rank of Fellow by the Board of Directors for 2008.
Kaertner is cited by the OSA for "pioneering contributions to femtosecond pulse generation and ultrafast nonlinear optics." As prinicipal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, Kaertner's research interests have included modeling and simulation of the nonlinear dynamics, noise in microwave oscillators and circuits, and quantum noise in optical fibers. His current interests are focused on ultrashort pulse generation in the few-cycle regime, frequency metrology, low noise femtosecond lasers and its applications in sampling and in timing distribution and synchronization systems and electronic-photonic integrated circuits.
Founded in 1916, the Optical Society of America (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.
The Optical Society of America brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. OSA's membership totals more than 14,000 individuals from over 81 countries. Approximately 40% of the Society's members reside outside the United States. Officers of the Society are elected by the membership.
Congratulations to Franz!