Jan. 12, 2012

Optical Society of America names two Lab employees fellows

Laboratory employees David Fittinghoff and Edward Moses have recently been elected as fellows of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Fittinghoff, a physicist in the Physics Division, has been recognized for his "foundational work in optical field ionization using ultrashort pulses and innovative engineering in ultrafast optics and outstanding contributions to OSA."

His work on optical field ionization was performed at LLNL while he was a graduate student in the UC Davis Department of Applied Science. He also was one of the key developers of frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) for the measurement of ultrashort laser pulses.

Fittinghoff has served on OSA committees continuously since 2000. In 2007, he helped restructure the Science and Engineering Council into three committees: the Frontiers in Optics Committee, the Board of Meetings and the Meetings Council. From 2008 to 2011, he served as a member of the OSA Board of Directors and as the chair of the OSA Board of Meetings. He is currently the past-chair of the OSA Board of Meetings and a member of the C. E. K. Mees Medal Committee.

Moses, principal associate director for the NIF and Photon Science Directorate, has been recognized for his "outstanding technical leadership of the construction, completion and use of the world's largest and most energetic laser system, the National Ignition Facility."

He has 20 years of experience developing Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration laser systems and 30 years of experience developing and managing complex laser systems and high-technology projects. First as project manager for NIF and then as principal associate director for the NIF and Photon Science Directorate at LLNL, he has been responsible for completing construction and bringing NIF -- the world's largest optical instrument -- into full operation. He also is the program director for the National Ignition Campaign, an effort aimed at achieving ignition in the laboratory for the first time.

The OSA fellow designation is awarded to members of distinction who have made significant contributions to the advancement of optics. Fellows are selected based on a number of criteria, such as record of significant publications or patents related to optics, achievements in optics, management ability and service to OSA or the global optics community. The number of fellows is limited to no more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership.

The OSA consists of more than 13,000 members from 175 countries, working to promote the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics.