Applied Physics Professor Tony Heinz wins the 2022 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science "For ground-breaking contributions to the development and application of laser spectroscopic techniques to probe surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials."
This prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Some examples of relevant areas of research are: nonlinear optics, ultrafast phenomena, laser spectroscopy, squeezed states, quantum optics, multiphoton physics, laser cooling and trapping, physics of lasers, particle acceleration by lasers, and short wavelength lasers. The prize consists of $10,000 plus an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is awarded and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.
Tony Heinz received a BS degree in Physics from Stanford University in 1978 and a PhD degree, also in Physics, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He then joined the IBM Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY as a research staff member. In 1995, he became a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. In 2015, he joined Stanford University as a Professor of Applied Physics, with a concurrent appointment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. At SLAC, he is currently serving as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences. Heinz has contributed to professional societies, notably as the Chair of the APS Division of Laser Science and President of the Optical Society of America. His research accomplishments in the development and application of laser spectroscopic techniques to probe surface, interfaces, and nanoscale materials have been recognized by several awards, including the Optics Prize of the International Commission for Optics, the Springer Prize for Applied Physics, the von Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, the APS Isakson Prize, the AVS Welch Award, and the OSA Meggers Award. Heinz is known as a dedicated educator who enjoys teaching students at all levels. He takes particular pride in the accomplishments of his more than eighty former graduate students and postdocs who are actively expanding the frontiers of science and technology around the world.