Optical Society Names Chao-Yang Lu 2020 Adolph Lomb Medal Winner

WASHINGTON-The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Chao-Yang Lu, University of Science and Technology of China, China, the 2020 Adolph Lomb Medal recipient. Lu is recognized for significant contributions to optical quantum information technologies, especially on high-performance single-photon sources, quantum teleportation and optical quantum computing.

“Chao-Yang Lu is truly worthy of the Adolph Lomb Medal for his exceptional contributions to optical quantum information technologies,” said 2020 OSA President Stephen D. Fantone, founder and president of the Optikos Corporation. “His accomplishments in this emerging field particularly with multi-photon entanglement are noteworthy at such an early stage in his career.”

Lu obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004, and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK in 2011. He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China. His research focuses on quantum foundations, quantum computation, and quantum communications. He was elected an OSA Fellow in 2017.

Lu and his colleagues have focused on developing scalable quantum light sources based on spontaneous parametric down-conversion and microcavity-coupled quantum dots. They created sources of single and entangled photons which simultaneously have near-unity indistinguishability and high extraction efficiency. Using these quantum light sources, they demonstrated record numbers of 12-photon entanglement, 20-photon boson sampling, astronomical-scale quantum interference, and quantum teleportation of multiple degrees of freedom and high-dimensional states of a single photon.

Established in 1940, the Adolph Lomb Medal is presented to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage. Contributions from any area of optics, fundamental or applied, are considered. The medal honors Adolph Lomb, OSA’s first treasurer, for his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics.

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