Peter Franken

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Peter Franken
BornNovember 10, 1928
DiedMarch 11, 1999 (1999-03-12) (aged 70)
AwardsKlopsteg Memorial Award (1995)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan

Peter A. Franken (November 10, 1928 – March 11, 1999) was an American physicist who contributed to the field of nonlinear optics. He was president of the Optical Society of America in 1977.[1] In 1961, Professor Peter Franken and his coworkers in the Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan observed for the first time the second-harmonic generation. This event launched a golden age in optical physics that has led to applications in fields ranging from optical communications and biological imaging to X-ray generation and homeland security.[2] In 1985 he contributed an oral history to the American Institute of Physics in which he describes background and details of his early work.[3]

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  1. ^ "Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Optical Society of America.
  2. ^ Gibbs, Hyatt; Meystre, Pierre; Wright, Ewan (October 1999). "Obituary: Peter Alden Franken". Physics Today. 52 (10): 104–105. Bibcode:1999PhT....52j.105G. doi:10.1063/1.882875.
  3. ^ Interview of Peter Franken by Joan Bromberg on March 8, 1985. Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD USA

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