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Gérard Mourou receives the Frederic Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America

Gérard Mourou, professor at École Polytechnique and Director of IZEST, received the Frederic Ives Medal from the Optical Society of America.

On March 8th, Gérard Mourou, Professor at École Polytechnique and Director of IZEST, the International Center on Zetta - Exawatt Science and Technology, was awarded the Frederic Ives Medal by the Optical Society of America (OSA), the largest international scientific society of professionals in optics and photonics.

The Frederic Ives Medal is the highest award of the OSA and rewards scientists for their advances and discoveries in the field of optics. Named in honor of Frederic Ives, the Medal is handed since 1929 and is funded by the Jarus-W.-Quinn-Ives-Medal Foundation.

Gérard Mourou is the co-inventor of a laser amplification technique called Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), universally used today to create ultrashort high-power pulses, invented in the 1980s. This creation allowed him to be the inventor of the femtosecond refractive eye and cataract surgery used on more than one million patients each year. Father of the concept of "Extreme Light", he was responsible for the creation of the Extreme Light Institute (ILE) on the Saclay plateau and the European infrastructure ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure).

In 2009, Gérard Mourou received the Charles H. Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, prestigious award in optics, laser and quantum optics. He is also Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur since July 13th, 2012.