John L Hall

John L Hall is a physicist who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Phsyics for his work with Theodor W. Hänsch on laser-based precision spectroscopy, and the optical frequency comb technique.

He worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) until his retirement in 2004.


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  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 1969
  • Samuel W. Stratton Award, 1971
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 1974 (group awards)
  • IR-100: Laser stabilizer selected as one of “100 best new products of the year,” 1975
  • IR-100: Laser wavelength meter (“Lambdameter”) selected as one of “100 best new products of the year,” 1977
  • E. U. Condon Award, 1979
  • Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, 1984, jointly with V. P. Chebotayev (Academy of Sciences, USSR)
  • Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society, 1988
  • Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Universite Paris Nord, 1989
  • Frederic Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America, 1991
  • Arthur L. Shawlow Prize of the American Physical Society, 1993
  • Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award, 2000
  • Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America, 2002
  • Presidential Rank Award from the Office of Personnel Management, 2002
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 2002 (group awards)
  • I. I. Rabi Prize of the IEEE Society for Ultrasonic, FerroElectricity, and Frequency Control, 2004
  • Légion d’Honneur Membership, 2004
  • Nobel Prize in Physics, 2005
  • Doctor of Science, honoris causa, University of Glasgow, 2007

Recent Publications

“Simple and compact 1-Hz laser system via improved mounting configuration of a reference cavity,” Opt. Lett. 30, 1815-1817 (2005), with M. Notcutt, L.-S. Ma and J. Ye.

“Contribution of thermal noise to frequency stability of rigid optical cavity via Hertzlinewidth lasers,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 031804(R)/1-4 (2006), with M. Notcutt, L.-S. Ma, A. D. Ludlow, S. M. Foreman and J. Ye.

“Improving laser coherence,” in Proceedings, Laser Spectroscopy XVII, (E. Hinds, A. Ferguson and E. Riis, Eds., World Scientific, Singapore, 2006), p. 3, with M. Notcutt and J. Ye.

“Defining and measuring optical frequencies,” in 2005 Nobel Lecture in Physics, http:\\\nobel_prizes\physics\laureates\2005\\nobelfoundation\publications\lesprix.html, Les Prix Nobel (K. Grandin, Ed., Nobel Foundation, 2006).

“Nobel lecture: Defining and measuring optical frequencies,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 1279-
1295 (2006).

“Vibration-induced elastic deformation of Fabry-Perot cavities,” Phys. Rev. A 74, 053801/1-13 (2006), with L. Chen, J. Ye, T. Yang, E. Zang and T. Li.

“Collaboration and style in laser physics – my interactions with and recollections of Herbert Walther,” Laser Physics 17, 908-911 (2007).

“Rulers of light,” Sci. Am. 298, 74-81 (April 2008), with S. T. Cundiff and J. Ye.

“Laser stabilization, 2008 version,” in OSA Handbook of Optics, Fiber Optics

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