U  N  I  V  E  R  S  I  T  Y  O  F                                                                             The College

ROCHESTER            Department of Physics and Astronomy


June 11, 2004

Dear Colleague:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester is continuing its drive for an endowment fund established in memory of Professor Leonard Mandel. The fund will be used to support the Leonard Mandel pictureFaculty Scholar Award in Physics at the University of Rochester. The Mandel Faculty Scholar Award will be given for a fixed period to a faculty member at Rochester who is doing outstanding work in the field of optical science. The funds will be used by the Mandel Faculty Scholar to support a Mandel Fellowship at the graduate student or postdoctoral level.


The University of Rochester Meliora Weekend and the 88th Annual OSA meeting Frontiers in Optics 2004 take place in Rochester the weekend beginning October 8, 2004. Many alumni and friends of Lenís will be in town and this has been chosen as the ideal time to dedicate the newly designated Leonard Mandel Seminar Room.  The dedication will be on Sunday of that weekend, October 10, at 11 a.m. in Bausch and Lomb Room 372. We hope you will be able to stop by and join friends and colleagues on this occasion.


Room-pictureLeonard Mandel joined the Faculty of the University of Rochester in 1964 as Professor of Physics, after having been for several years a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London University, England.


Soon after arriving in Rochester, Mandel began building a research group, which became active in the emerging field of quantum optics.  Mandel is generally considered to be one of the founders of the field.  The central theme of his research was the exploration of the nature of light, and he and his students performed pioneering experiments that have become landmarks in the development of quantum optics.


Mandelís first major contribution to quantum optics was his derivation in 1958 of a key formula, now generally known as Mandelís formula, for the probability distribution of photoelectrons emitted from a photodetector illuminated by a light beam.  Soon afterwards Mandel began to play a leading role in the search for and the analysis of quantum states of the electromagnetic field that have no classical counterparts, now generally known as non-classical states.  He and his students were the first to observe such states.


In the 1980ís Mandel began what would become a landmark sequence of experiments using highly correlated pairs of photons produced by the fission of a pump photon in the process of parametric down conversion.  In this way he and his students demonstrated quantum spatial beating, violations of local realism, phase memory due to quantum entanglement with the vacuum, and invented a two-photon interferometer now in world-wide use.


Mandel supervised the thesis research of 39 students many of whom have become leading figures in science and technology.  From 1966 to 1995 he was one of the main organizers of an international conference series known as the Rochester Conferences on Coherence and Quantum Optics.  Mandel was a distinguished teacher.  He had a special interest in neophyte science students and developed the first course at the University of Rochester for non-science majors, which he taught regularly for 20 years.  In 1992 he received the University of Rochester Graduate Teaching Award.


Mandel was co-author of the definitive text Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics.  He received many awards for his contributions to optics, including the Ives Medal and the Max Born awards of the Optical Society of America, the Marconi Medal of the Italian Research Council and the Thomas Young Award of the British Institute of Physics.  In recognition of his many achievements and contributions, Mandel was named, in February 1994, the Lee DuBridge Professor of Physics and Optics at the University of Rochester.  In 1996, Mandel was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2001 he was elected posthumously to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.


By creating an endowment at the University of Rochester in honor of the career of Leonard Mandel, one can be sure that Professor Mandel's devotion to research and education in optics - a frontier of modern science and technology - will be carried on.


The endowment fund now exceeds $75,000. The department looks forward to receiving your support towards achievement of the goal of full funding for the Mandel Award and Fellowship within the next three years.


                                                            Sincerely yours,

Arie Bodek, Chair


(on behalf of the Mandel Fundraising Committee

A.     Bodek, N. P. Bigelow, S. Brignall, S. Chu,  F. Davidson,  J. H. Eberly, E. Wolf, H.Jeffrey Kimble)



P.S.  If you plan to attend the dedication during Meliora Weekend/OSA Annual Meeting at Rochester, Sunday October 10, 2004 please RSVP to  shirl@pas.rochester.edu

(see: http://www.osa.org/meetings/annual/program/highlights/#dedication  Frontiers in Optics and  http://www.rochester.edu/alumni/meliora2004/   for Meliora Weekend Ė 2004.



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Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Rochester

PO Box 270171

Rochester, New York 14627-0171 USA