- Ren-Min Ma of Peking University . His abstract, titled “Chiral-reversing vortex radiation at the exceptional point of a plasmonic nanocavity” can be seen here.
- Lan Yang of Washington University in St. Louis. His abstract, titled “Whispering-gallery-mode resonators: a versatile platform for light-matter interactions” can be seen here.
Both winners received:
- A fabulous dinner at the world-class Aerie Restaurant at the Cliff Lodge, Snowbird.
- Recognition at the conference reception.
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:
- Clarity. The abstract should effectively communicate what the talk will be about. It should entice the reader to come to the talk.
- Presentation. 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.
We are delighted by the high quality of many of the submitted abstracts. The organizers thank all the participants who took the trouble to prepare good abstracts, and we welcome all feedback on this effort.