Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics awarded King Faisal International Prize for Science

1 Feb 2013Bristol, UK



Professor Paul Corkum, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, has won the King Faisal International Prize for Science.

The King Faisal International Prize for Science is one of the world’s most prestigious awards and Professor Corkum is awarded it for his ground-breaking development of attosecond imaging, where he was the first to explain this phenomenon with a conceptually simple model.

Professor Corkum is Research Chair in Attosecond Photonics, University of Ottawa, and Director, Attosecond Science, Steacie Institute for Molecular Science, NRC, Canada. He has been a member of the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Editorial Board since 2003, then Deputy Editor until January 2011, when he took over his current position as Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Isabelle Aufret-Babak, Publisher of Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics said: “We congratulate Paul on this fantastic achievement. The King Faisal International Prize for Science is a very prestigious prize and we are delighted that he has been recognised for his invaluable contribution to the research community. We feel privileged to be working with Paul and look forward to congratulating him in person.”

Professor Ferenc Krausz is also awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Science. He developed powerful techniques for generating intense, tailored waveforms of laser light. Applying these tools his group was the first to generate single ultraviolet pulses with a duration as short as 80 attoseconds.

Professor Krausz works at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, and is Director, Laboratory for Attosecond Physics, Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany. He served on the New Journal of Physics Editorial Board from 2005 to 2008.

Both Professor Corkum and Professor Krausz have published papers with IOP Publishing.