Physics Division researcher Regina Soufli has been elected a fellow of The Optical Society (OSA). Soufli was cited for her "significant contributions to the development and characterization of extreme ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray optics."
Soufli obtained her doctorate in electrical engineering at UC Berkeley and did her doctoral research at the Center for X-ray Optics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was staff member at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics working on NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. She has performed pioneering research in the field of X-ray interactions with matter. She has published methodologies and experimental values for the refractive index of materials in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV)/X-ray that have been adopted by the scientific community around the world.
While at LLNL, she has led programs that developed first-of-a-kind EUV/X-ray optics for photolithography, NASA solar physics and astrophysics missions, NASA/NOAA space weather satellites, X-ray free-electron lasers and other high-energy physics applications. She is co-author of more than 120 publications and recipient of two R&D 100 awards, a NASA group achievement award and several LLNL awards.
Soufli is the 10th current LLNL employee and the first woman at LLNL to be elected an OSA fellow.
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 0.4 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.