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The Newest "Knight" in Optics

By University of Dayton Communications

In recognition of his contributions to optics in the field of holography, Partha Banerjee, professor and department chair of electro-optics and photonics, was inducted into the International Order of Holoknights — an elite group of holographers from around the world.

The International Order of Holoknights was founded in 1988 by Dr. Hans Rottenkolber, a pioneer in the field of holography. One new member is selected annually based on his/her international recognition as a leader in the field of coherent optics and advocacy of international friendship. 

In congratulating Banerjee for this award, Jim Trolinger, CEO of Metrolaser and fellow Holoknight, writes: “Sir Partha, you bring honor and achievement in the field to our unique organization and, equally important, a reputation for hospitality and promoter of international friendship and cooperation.”

This year, the Holoknight presentation was held in conjunction with the Optical Society’s digital holography topical meeting in Bordeaux, France. Following tradition, Banerjee was “knighted” by the last year’s recipient, Pascal Picart.

“Being honored with this prestigious award was absolutely unexpected and a total surprise for me,” stated Banerjee.  “I owe this to my parents and family, my undergraduate and graduate advisers, my students and all my colleagues from around the world whose help and support has been key to my work and this recognition.”   

A fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Institute of Physics (FInstP), Banerjee’s research interests include digital and dynamic holography, metamaterials, optical trapping and acousto-optics. He has published four textbooks, more than 135 journal papers and over 150 conference papers, and he has advised more than 25 doctoral and 15 master’s degree students.

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