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CAP Medal and Award Winners

CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics

The objective of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions in applied photonics. This prize is intended to acknowledge innovative applications of photonics to solve practical problems, leading to economic benefits (for example, the development of a new instrument based on photonics, devices that accomplish new functions, etc.). The innovation must be commercializable or, at the least, exploitable. The National Optics Institute (INO) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) introduced this biennial joint medal in 1998. The medal is not limited to CAP members but the candidates' research/instrumentation development should have been undertaken in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian organization.

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The 2020 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics was deferred this year.

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The 2018 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics is awarded to

Tigran Galstian, Universite Laval, for the development and successful transfer of the “crystal lens” technology to the industry, for applications in cellphone cameras and dynamic lighting..

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The 2016 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics is awarded to

Richard Boudreault, Chairman Polar Knowledge Canada, for his impressive career and intellectual property portfolio, as well as direct contribution to the establishment of several companies based on photonics technologies, namely Orbite Aluminae (production of high-purity Al-oxide and rare-earth with world’s first clean technology) and ART (development of two imaging systems based on the TPSF technology - molecular imaging based on time-resolved fluorescence for small animal imaging, and NIR TPSF spectroscopic system for early breast cancer detection).

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The 2014 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics is awarded to

Melanie Campbell, University of Waterloo, for her unique contribution to apply the methods of polarization and adaptive optics to the understanding of eye functioning and eye diseases. Among others, her contributions to a better understanding of short-sightedness and to improve retina imaging are likely to have a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of several eye diseases.

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

Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, for his seminal contributions to the field of photothermal and photoacoustic science and applications.

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The 2010 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics is awarded to

Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa, for her outstanding achievements on the physics, technology and applications of optical fiber sensors. Her contributions to distributed fiber sensors, based on Brillouin loss with simultaneous sensing of temperature and strain, and applied to the safety of structures, are of high relevance in these days of aging infrastructures.

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The 2020 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics recipient has not yet been determined.

for the invention of the transversely-excited atmospheric carbon dioxide laser as well as his work in system performance modeling.

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