Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Manyalibo (Ibo) Matthews has been elected as a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). He was recognized by OSA for his "outstanding contributions and sustained leadership in the field of high-power laser-induced damage science, laser-material interactions and processing and vibrational spectroscopy-based materials characterization."
Matthews joined LLNL in 2006 and serves as the deputy group leader in the Materials Science Division's Optical Materials and Target Science group. His research interests include novel applications in laser-assisted material processing, optical damage science, vibrational spectroscopy and in situ optical characterization of transient processes.
"Being elected an OSA fellow is truly an honor," Matthews said. "I am humbled to be joining the ranks of other fellows at LLNL and elsewhere, whom I continue to look up to for inspiration."
Prior to joining LLNL, Matthews was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs, where he worked on materials characterization of optical devices using novel spectroscopic techniques, stress-induced birefringence management in planar optical devices and research in advanced broadband access networks. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree in applied physics from the University of California, Davis and a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The number of OSA fellows is limited to less than 10 percent of the total OSA membership and the number elected each year is less than 0.5 percent of the current membership total.
OSA fellows are selected on a variety of criteria, such as a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, achievements in optics, management ability and service to OSA or the global optics community.