Professor Kenji Ohmori has been awarded the
Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan for his "development of coherent control with attosecond precision and its applications”.
Coherent control is a technique to control quantum waves (wave funcitons) of matter including electrons and atoms. Its concept has been posted in 1980’s to control photoexcitation processes (ionization, dissociation, etc.) of isolated atoms and molecules in the gas phase. Although It was implemented experimentally in 1990’s when laser technology was rapidly developed, it was challenging until 2000’s to apply coherent control to other processes. Professor Ohmori has succeeded in tuning the timing between two laser pulses with attosecond precision, and imprinting their optical phases on the wave function of matter. This has led to the development of coherent control with attosecond precision. This ultrahigh-precision coherent control has been applied to various fields of science and technologies including fundamental test of quantum mechanics, information science, solid-state physics, and quantum simulators, expected to contribute to the development of quantum technologies such as quantum simulators and quantum computers, which are based on the wave nature of matter.
The award ceremony will be held at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan on 17th April 2018.
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