Top International Optics Award Goes to Founding Editor of Light: Science & Applications, Professor Min Gu

World-leading physicist, RMIT distinguished Professor Min Gu has been awarded a top international medal, named in honour of the Nobel laureate for inventing holography, Dennis Gabor.

This August, the award will be presented to Gu at an SPIE official ceremony in San Diego, California.

Currently, Gu is the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of RMIT and leads the Laboratory of Artificial-Intelligence Nanophotonics (LAIN).

Gu’s recent research focus includes:

1.  Groundbreaking new technology to allow super-fast internet by harnessing twisted light beams to carry more data and process it faster;

2.  A new-type high-capacity optical disk that can secure data for more than 600 years, offering a cost-efficient and sustainable solution to the global data storage issue;

3. The world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics like smart phones, computers and TVs;

4. A prototype electrode inspired by American fern, which could boost the capacity of existing integrable storage technologies by 3000%.

Prof. Gu said he was honoured to receive the Dennis Gabor Award, and attributed this honor to his entire research group.

Optics is a tremendously exciting field and nanophonotics is at the frontier of research in so many ways,” he said, “Our work is driven by a desire to deliver real solutions to the real issues faced by industry and the community in conjunction with artificial intelligence.

We’ve always been seeking industry input from the very start, to deeply understand the challenges and develop tailored technological solutions that can generate an essential impact, so it’s wonderful to receive this international recognition for our research.”

The Dennis Gabor Medal is presented by SPIE annually, to recognize the outstanding innovators in diffractive optics, holographic optics and metrology.

Gu is a recipient of the W. H. Steel Prize (Australian Optical Society, 2011), the Ian Wark Medal and Lecture (Australian Academy of Science, 2014), the Boas Medal (Australian Institute of Physics, 2015), and the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation in Physical Sciences (2016). Gu is also China’s Changjiang Chair Professor and Einstein Chair Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Gu is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA, 2007), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE, 2006), the Australian Institute of Physics (FAIP, 1998), the Optical Society of America (FOSA, 2004), the International Society for Optical Engineering (FSPIE, 2003), the Institute of Physics (FInstP, 2008), the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE, 2015), and the elected Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (2017).

As a founding editor of journal Light: Science & Applications (Light), Gu has published five papers on Light, including one of his flagship works: a new-type high-capacity optical disk. Gu’s further involvement in Light included, encouraging multiple outstanding submissions to Light, regular attendance in Light Editorial Board Meeting, and plenary speakership in Light Conferences.


Professor Jianlin Cao, the Chief Editor of Light and the former Vice Minister of Science and Technology of China, was issuing the renewal certificate to Professor Min Gu as the editor of Light

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Professor Gu (front row, 7th from left) at the 2018 Light Editorial Board Meeting

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