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Physics graduate receives award for best student paper

A Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Physics was awarded best student paper at a recent conference.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Joseph Suelzer received the award at the SPIE Active Photonic Materials VIII conference for his paper titled “Parity-time symmetry breaking in optically coupled semiconductor lasers.” 

SPIE is an international society for optics and photonics. Suelzer’s abstract was reviewed by our program committee members and selected to enter the second phase of the student award competition. Suelzer’s presentation was then judged on-site by a panel of experts in the field.

Parity-time symmetry breaking in optically coupled semiconductor lasers” is published in SPIE Proceedings, Volume 9920, Active Photonic Materials VIII (September 16, 2016). Authors in addition to Suelzer are Yogesh N. Joglekar and Gautam Vemuri.

“Joe was an outstanding graduate student who used his considerable talents of creativity, originality and industry to advance the topic of coupled semiconductor laser physics,” said Gautam Vemuri, professor of physics and Suelzer’s mentor. “He is richly deserving of this prestigious award for his work on time-delayed PT-symmetric quantum mechanics, which represented a fundamentally new direction in the field of PT-symmetry.”

Since completing his Ph.D., Suelzer was awarded a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson AFB. His work at the AFRL extends the research he conducted at IUPUI, nonlinear dynamics of optically injected semiconductor lasers.