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Professors Abouraddy, Chang and Christodoulides honored as Luminary Leaders

Professors Ayman Abouraddy, Zenghu Chang and Demetri Christodoulides were honored as Luminary Leaders for Changing the World.

From UCF Today:

Ayman Abouraddy
Abouraddy is helping to revolutionize the way we use clothing by working with fellow researchers at MIT to weave optical fibers into textiles. That could mean clothes that conceivably conduct electricity, sense temperature and body functions, communicate with the internet, and report injuries of soldiers on the battlefield. His multimaterial optical fiber devices play a critical role in a $317 million Department of Defense collaboration.

Zenghu Chang
Pegasus Professor Chang loves a challenge. He and his team produced the shortest-ever laser pulse in 2012, a 67-attosecond X-ray flash. Then in 2017, he beat his own record, creating a laser pulse of 53 attoseconds. This means he’s essentially developing technology to shoot slow-motion video of electrons and research how they interact with atoms. That would open up the world of quantum mechanics and help researchers leap ahead in the development of the next-generation logic boards and memory chips for mobile phones and computers.

Demetrios Christodoulides
Christodoulides’ work in optics focuses on nonlinear waves. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 papers. His expertise has earned him multiple awards and recognitions, including being named Pegasus Professor in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He also has been named Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for two years running, and he is listed among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

 

Posted Thursday, October 19, 2017

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