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Dr Fetah Benabid with the medal
Dr Fetah Benabid with the medal

Internal News - 24 June 2005

International prize for physics researcher

Dr Fetah Benabid from the Department of Physics has received a prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of quantum optics and electronics.

The Fresnel Prize is awarded every two years by the European Physical Society and is given to a young scientist who is making an important contribution in their area of research.

Dr Benabid has received the award for pioneering work in the field of light-matter interactions. By using a hollow-core fibre as a gas cell, he has greatly extended the boundaries of nonlinear optics and paved the way for a new generation of gas-based optical fibre devices.

He was presented with a medal and diploma at the recent International Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Munich.

“The prize is given only once every two years and I am more than delighted for this international recognition from my peers,” said Dr Benabid, an EPSRC Advanced Fellow in the Photonics and Photonic Materials Group at the University.

“The award recognises his contributions to the field during the past few years,” said Professor John Davies, Head of the Department of Physics.

“The Department is delighted by the award, which is for work in an area in which the University has invested strongly.”