From the SPIE Press release:

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA — 5 March 2014 – SPIE will promote 76 new Fellows of the Society this year, to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. SPIE Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,000 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society’s inception in 1955.

The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for SPIE to acknowledge Members for their outstanding technical contributions and service to SPIE.


Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, for achievements in quantum optical communication, the role of turbulence and random media, and laser radar.

Shapiro has made many significant contributions to fields of quantum optical communication, the role of turbulence and random media, and laser radar. He is best known for his seminal work on the generation, detection, and applications of squeezed states of light. These are nonclassical light beams whose quadrature components satisfy the Heisenberg uncertainty limit but with unequal variances, thus offering sensitivity improvements in precision measurements made with phase-sensitive (optical homodyne) detection. He has also published extensively in the areas of optical propagation, imaging, and communication through atmospheric turbulence. He has made many major contributions to the theory of coherent laser radar, including assessments of the effects of laser speckle and atmospheric turbulence on their performance. His current research focus is on quantum optical communication and, in a recent experiment, his team demonstrated a quantum-illumination protocol that is immune to passive eavesdropping. His research has been recognized with many international awards and honors and has garnered 3 patents.

A prolific author, Shapiro has published in excess of 160 reviewed articles in archival journals and a collection of technical articles and book chapters. He has served the general optics and communication communities in the form of journal editorships, technical reviews, advisory-board memberships, and conference organization.

Shapiro is a regular member of SPIE and has served as a conference chair, session chair, committee chair, committee member, speaker, and author. He is a regular reviewer for Optical Engineering, and has published 38 articles in Proceedings of SPIE, and 5 papers in Optical Engineering.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.

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