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Otto Schott Research Award

Nowadays, laser technology is an absolute must for sensor systems, materials processing, medicine or telecommunications. Here, glass plays an active role as a laser medium. The two American scientists Professor Elias Snitzer (Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ) and Dr. John H. Campbell (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA) received the 1999 Otto Research Award for their exemplary work in the field of laser glass research. The prize, to which the sum of DM 50,000 has been allocated, was presented during an international congress on glass science held in Prague in June 1999. Elias Snitzer is one of the pioneers in the field of laser glass research. Scientific brilliance, creativity and in particular the ability to identify technologies of key importance for the future have characterized his work for over 40 years. He was the first scientist to prove the suitability of glass for use as an active laser material. His visionary inventions

include both neodymium- and erbium-doped laser glass. In another far-reaching discovery that preceded today's communication devices by 30 years, Snitzer codeveloped the first fiber optic laser amplifier with laser glass. John H. Campbell was given the award for his leading role in the development, characterization, production and application of optical materials for high-peak-power lasers, and of multicomponent phosphate laser glass in particular. His work has made a major contribution to the building of large high-peak-power laser systems such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US and the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) in France.

Fig 1: Presentation of the 1999 Otto Schott Research Award to Prof. Elias Snitzer (2nd from left) and Dr. John H. Campbell (2nd from right) by the trustees of the Ernst Abbe Fund (from left to right) Prof. Gerd Müller, Dr. Udo Ungeheur, Prof. Donald Uhlmann. Fig. 2: Prof. Elias Snitzer.

Fig. 3: Dr. John H. Campbell.

First Place for Zeiss Lens

Carl Zeiss won an award in the survey conducted every year by Color Foto, a German photo magazine, in which readers are asked to select "the best photographic products". In the category "medium-format lenses above DM 1,000", the 120 mm Apo-Makro-Planar T* f/4 lens for the new CONTAX® 645 came in first with 48 % of the vote for this category. Second place obtained 29.6 % and third place 11.8 % of the vote.

Presentation of the award for the medium-format 120 mm Apo-Makro-Planar T* f/4 lens by "Color Foto".

Innovation 7, Carl Zeiss, 1999

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