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James Thompson Awarded Department of Commerce Bronze Medal

Published: 08-07-2013

James Thompson. Credit: JILA

James Thompson has been named the winner of a 2013 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on pioneering superradiant lasers. The superradiant laser is a quantum device that emits coherent lasing photons.

The DoC Bronze Medal is the highest honor the NIST Director can bestow upon NIST staff for outstanding accomplishments. The Bronze Medal citation reads “For pioneering the development of an entirely new form of laser, vastly improving stability for a broad range of precision measurement and research.”

Thompson will be honored at the NIST Annual Awards ceremony in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The ceremony is tentatively planned for December 4, 2013. NIST’s Quantum Physics Division will provide travel expenses for Thompson and a guest to the Gaithersburg event.

The Boulder Laboratories are also planning to host a local awards ceremony in early December.

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