Associate Professor Eugene Ivanov, a physicist from The University of Western Australia, has won a major American Physical Society award for his work on measurement.
From the School of Physics, Associate Professor Ivanov will be presented with the 2010 Joseph F. Keithley Award in Portland, Oregon, in March next year.
The award was established to recognise physicists who have been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques or equipment that have impact on the physics community by providing better measurements.
Associate Professor Ivanov's recognition comes about ‘for advances in microwave interferometry, ultra-low phase noise microwave oscillators and high resolution noise measurement and for elucidation of noise mechanisms affecting the fidelity of optical to microwave optical frequency'.
The award honours Joseph F. Keithley who founded his company, Keithley Instruments, in 1946 after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master's degree in engineering in 1937. Having worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories in the late 1930s, Keithley served at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory during World War II.
His first product, the ‘Phantom Repeater', amplified low-level electric signals so that they could be measured by more standard equipment. The device was used by physicists, chemists, and engineers in the development of hearing aids and amplifiers.