The PQE-2011 Best Abstract Award was presented to:
- Murray Holland of JILA
and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
His winning abstract, titled “Prospects for a superradiant laser”
can be seen here.
We had 4 papers tied for the PQE-2011 Best Abstract Runner Up:
The winner received:
Additionally, the runner-ups will also received recognition
in the book
- Recognition in the abstract book
- A fabulous dinner at the world-class
at the Cliff Lodge, Snowbird.
The winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of PQE
experts. The judging committee consisted of:
Mark D. Havey from Old Dominion University,
Frank A. Narducci from the Naval Air Systems Command, and
George R. Welch from Texas A&M University,
This committee considered 3 factors in making their judgment:
The abstract should effectively communicate what
the talk will be about. It should entice the reader to come to
The abstract should look good. This pretty
much requires at least one nice figure. Graphics are good.
Clear, pretty, graphics are better!
- Efficient use of space.
PQE allows an 8.5x11 inch page
(minus 2 cm margins). This is a lot of room, and we would like
to see it used well. One short paragraph leaving most of the
page blank is bad. An entire page crammed with single-spaced 8
point font is also bad.
This was the second year for the “Best Abstract” award, and we believe
it was a success. Please note the high quality of many of the submitted
The organizers thank all the participants who took the trouble
to prepare good abstracts, and we welcome all feedback on this