2012 Medal Winners | francais

The 2012 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics

is awarded to

Andreas Mandelis

"It is a great honor for me to be awarded the 2012 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. As a researcher in the photoacoustic and photothermal sciences, and an entrepreneur in technologies based on these sciences, this Medal is testimony of the power of applied photonics to lead to successful industrial ventures that benefit Canadian society and strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness in advanced technologies." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Institut National d'Optique (INO) are pleased to announce that the 2012 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics is awarded to Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, in recognition of for his seminal contributions to the field of photothermal and photoacoustic science and applications. announcement

Dr. Andreas Mandelis is one of the most remarkable and accomplished researchers in Canada. His 305 publications are an imposing record of achievement. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a fellow of the S.P.I.E. He is renowned in the areas of applied photonics, imaging, applications of lasers in optolectronics, materials science and biophotonics; in particular, he is a pioneer in the development and shaping of diffusion-wave, photothermal and photoacoustic sciences and associated technologies.

His work has ranged from the eminently practical, as in the examination of dental cavities, to the profoundly theoretical. As one of the supporters of this nomination writes, “Perhaps the work I have found to be the most creative and which impresses me the most with its depth is his J. Math Phys. paper [J. Math. Phys. 26, 2676 (1985)], where he formulated theory for the fundamental character of thermal waves. In this paper he gave elegant derivations of a Hamilton-Jacobi formulation of thermal wave physics, a thermal wave equivalent of Planck’s constant, a thermal wave Schrödinger equation, an uncertainty principle for thermal waves, and the thermal wave equivalent of Ehrenfest’s theorems. The concepts embodied in these thermal wave properties are analogues of what every physicist has studied in their graduate course work, except that the fields where these ideas were originally applied are classical mechanics and quantum mechanics.”

An exemplary entrepreneur, Dr. Mandelis has founded several companies, basing their products on patents resulting from his research. nominator citation

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