Yuri Kivshar: The 2020 SPIE Mozi Award
Yuri Kivshar, distinguished professor and department head of the Australian National University's Nonlinear Physics Center, is a world leader in nonlinear photonics and metamaterials. With his team, he designed and measured different classes of the world's first metamaterials with various functionalities, and was among the first to create an entirely new field of all-dielectric resonant nanophotonics and meta-optics governed by Mie resonances. Other achievements include the realization of active tuning of dielectric metasurfaces, spontaneous emission manipulation using dielectric nanoantennas, and new insights into the physics of Fano resonances and bound states in the continuum.
Kivshar, who became an SPIE Fellow in 2018, has worked with the Society as a committee member, session chair, author, and invited speaker at SPIE Europe, SPIE Photonics West, SPIE Nanophotonics Australasia, and SPIE Optics + Photonics. He also founded the SPIE student chapter at the Australian National University and remains its key mentor and advisor.
"One of Professor Kivshar's distinctive scholarly characteristics is that his contributions in nanophotonics and metamaterials are very broad and at the same time very deep," says 2015 SPIE Gold Medal recipient Nader Engheta, the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. "He has an unparalleled ability to recognize the core problems in any research topic, to define the methods of approach, and to solve the problem elegantly. He is one of the most influential, distinguished, and internationally recognized scholars in the fields of nanophotonics, nonlinear physics, and metamaterials, and he has pioneered many developments in these areas. In my opinion, he is one of the grand intellectuals in these fields and one of the best role models for newcomers."