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B-PHOT Prof. Nathalie Vermeulen Wins LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award

VUB PHOT onderzoekster Nathalie VermeulenThe European Optical Society awarded B-PHOT professor Nathalie Vermeulen the LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award in the Applied/Engineering category.

Prof. Vermeulen received the award for (and we quote) “introducing a disruptive model for the nonlinear process of Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering and employed it to conceptualize a novel cooling technique for Raman lasers. She also came up with a ground-breaking phase matching approach for on-chip nonlinear wavelength converters, enabling device manufacturing in photonic foundries with standard fabrication rules. Today Dr. Vermeulen impacts mid-infrared solid-state laser development, and targets next‐generation nonlinear photonic devices based on graphene.”

In 2013 the young researcher already obtained a prestigious European ERC Starting Grant. She also became coordinator of a European FET project.

She will be presented the award during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich on Wednesday the 24th of June.