The Father of “Photonic Crystals” Receives the 2016 Buckley Prize
IAS Visiting Professor Eli Yablonovitch won the 2016 Oliver E Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his seminal achievements in solar cells and strained quantum well lasers, and for creating the field of photonic crystals, spanning both fundamental science and its practical applications.
Awarded by the American Physical Society, this prize is presented to those who make outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. Prof Yablonovitch is the third IAS Visiting Professor to win the Buckley Prize, following Prof Marvin Cohen and Prof Patrick Lee.
Other than his research accomplishments, Prof Yablonovitch has co-founded startups to translate scientific discoveries into daily applications to improve human life. His businesses include an antenna company that has shipped over one billion cellphone antennas, and a clean energy startup that has held the world record for dual-junction solar cell efficiency at 31.6%.