Peter Franken

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Peter Franken
Born November 10, 1928
Died March 11, 1999 (1999-03-12) (aged 70)
Fields Physics
Notable awards Klopsteg Memorial Award (1995)

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]

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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. 

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