NRL's Dr. Thomas Carruthers Elected Optical Society of America Fellow

7/6/2004 - 19-04r
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Dr.Thomas Carruthers, a research physicist in the Optical Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Dr. Carruthers was recognized at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, held May 16-21, 2004 in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Carruthers is recognized "for research on nonlinear effects in fiber-lasers, solition propagation in optical-fibers and ultrafast interactions of light with semiconductors."

The OSA brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. OSA's membership totals more than 14,000 individuals from over 70 countries. The organization's mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.

Dr. Carruthers was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He received a B. S. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Carruthers studied experimental solid-state physics as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow under Hellmut Fritzsche, also at the University of Chicago, and received his Ph. D. degree in 1974. His Ph. D. research was concerned with tunneling transport and noise phenomena in metal-semiconductor and superconductor-semiconductor junctions. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of North Carolina (1971-1973) with Dr. Marvin Silver, where he studied transport in amorphous semiconductors, and at Johns Hopkins University (1974-1978) with Dr. Aaron Bloch, where he studied transport, noise generation, and phase transitions in restricted-dimensionality organic conductors.

In 1978 he joined the staff of the Optical Sciences Division at NRL as a research physicist, where he studied ultrafast optical interactions in semiconductors and semiconductor devices. In 1986 he began studying ultrafast mode-locked lasers, and his interests later turned to optical solitons, fiber-optic lasers and ultrahigh-speed fiber-optic communications. In 1999 he received the Alan Berman Research Publication Award. In 2002 he received the Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer and a commendation from the Secretary of the Navy.

Dr. Carruthers served on National Science Foundation panels the past three years. He also sits on an Office of Naval Research (ONR) panel monitoring research programs on optical clocks and precision metrology. From 1999 to 2000 he was a member of the Ultrafast Subcommittee of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO); in 2001 and 2002 he was the Subcommittee Chair, where he organized a special symposium on atto-second lasers and laser stabilization. He will serve as Program Chair for CLEO in 2005.

Dr. Carruthers is a member of OSA, the American Physical Society (APS), the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

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