2013 Coblentz Award

 The Coblentz Society is happy to announce that the 2013 recipient of the Coblentz Award is Dr. Nathalie Picqué

    Dr. Picqué is a senior research scientist with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France). She is conducting her research in Munich (Germany) at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig Maximilian University. In Munich, her group is pioneering novel applications of laser frequency combs to molecular spectroscopy. Recent experiments in Picqué’s team have demonstrated that frequency combs are dramatically improving the resolution and recording speed of Fourier spectrometers for broad spectral bandwidth linear absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, since laser frequency combs involve intense ultrashort laser pulses, nonlinear interactions can be harnessed, such as two-photon excitation or stimulated Raman transitions. The intriguing potential of frequency combs for new approaches to broadband nonlinear spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging is therefore also being explored in the group of Nathalie Picqué. Envisioned applications range from optical labeling for the simplification and disentanglement of complex spectra to coherent control for the selective microscopic imaging of unlabeled biomolecules.

    Nathalie Picqué received her doctor degree in Physics in 1998 from Université Paris-Sud Orsay (France) under Dr. Guy Guelachvili. After a post-doctoral stay at the European Laboratory for Frequency Comb Spectroscopy (Florence, Italy), she was appointed as a permanent scientist with the CNRS (France) in 2001 and quickly became a group leader at the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay. Dr. Picqué has also received the 2007 Bronze Medal of the CNRS, the 2008 Jean Jerphagnon Prize of the French Physical Society and the 2010 Beller Award of the American Physical Society.