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Professor Maksim Skorobogatiy named American Physical Society Fellow

October 27, 2021 - Source : NEWS

Full Professor Maksim Skorobogatiy (Department of Engineering Physics), received the latter distinction in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of industrial and applied physics.

Maksim Skorobogatiy, professeur titulaire au Département de génie physique.
Full Professor Maksim Skorobogatiy, from the Department of Engineering Physics.

The American Physical Society has awarded Professor Skorobogatiy the title of Fellow "...for pioneering contributions in guided optics and photonics in the visible, mid-infrared and far-infrared spectral ranges."

Professor Skorobogatiy was awarded this honour for his work in industrial and applied physics, which focuses on the development of various types of fibers for applications in telecommunications, optical energy transport, detection, and electronic textiles.

Founded in 1899, the American Physical Society (APS) is a learned society dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in physics. The Society has over 55,000 members in the United States and around the world, including physicists from various universities, laboratories, and companies. It should be noted that the Society only awards Fellowship to a maximum of one-half of one percent of its members per year. “When I arrived at Polytechnique Montréal almost twenty years ago, I received a very warm welcome, significant laboratory space, and lasting financial support in the form of a Canada Research Chair. This has allowed me to establish a unique fiber manufacturing facility and research program in Canada, with a focus on soft plastic and glass fibers for optical and non-optical applications,” acknowledges Professor Skorobogatiy.

“I’m grateful to Polytechnique for the significant investments made in my research program, which have confirmed its position as one of the key institutions in the manufacturing of advanced optical and non-optical fibers. I would therefore like to share with the university the honour of being named a Fellow of the APS," he adds.

Maksim Skorobogatiy received a B.Sc. in Physics from the Rochester Institute of Technology (U.S.A.), an M.Sc. in Biophysics from McGill University, and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A). Professor Skorobogatiy was hired as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics in 2003, and rose to the rank of Associate Professor in 2006. In 2014, he earned the title of Full Professor.

Professor Skorobogatiy held the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nanophotonics from 2004 to 2014 and then the Polytechnique Research Chair in Terahertz Optics for Ultrafast Wireless Networks of the Future from 2014 to 2016. Since 2016, he has held the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Pervasive Terahertz Photonics, the main objective of which is to develop the use of terahertz waves for a new generation of ultrafast wireless and fiber-assisted communication tools, as well as super-resolution spectral imaging (resolution below the wavelength of light) with applications in biotechnology.

Over the years, using state-of-the-art preform fabrication and fiberization facilities at Polytechnique and in collaboration with numerous industrial and academic partners in Québec and elsewhere, Professor Skorobogatiy has demonstrated new varieties of fibers and fiber-based devices. Most notable are microstructured chalcogenide fibers for mid-infrared optical power transmission, piezoelectric fibers for energy harvesting and storage, and plastic fibers supporting the terahertz spectral range for future 6G ultrafast networks.

Additionally, Professor Skorobogatiy has developed a variety of different fibers and prototypes for smart clothing, with compliant energy storage, in-person computing and flexible color display functions, all in collaboration with laboratories and companies in Québec.

"In the near future, my research group plans to explore new horizons in guided optics with a focus on ultrafast communication networks in the terahertz spectral range and beyond. The main challenge is the advancement of new physical principles to make such networks secure, reconfigurable, and reliable. This will require new discoveries in quantum optics, space-time processing, and additive micro- and nanofabrication - research areas at the forefront of current scientific research," foresees Professor Skorobogatiy.

Recall that in 2017, Maksim Skorobogatiy was appointed Fellow of the Optical Society for his contribution to the advancement of the fields of optics and photonics.

Congratulations to Professor Skorobogatiy!

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