On Friday 20 February 2015, B-PHOT researcher Nathalie Vermeulen received the Ignace Vanderschueren VUB-price for Fundamental and Applied Sciences, which is awarded every 6 years. The award commission selected Nathalie as laureate for this prestigeous price in recognition of the significance of her PhD research work on Raman lasers.
In her PhD thesis, she challenged a well-established model for one of the physical processes occurring in Raman lasers, and she developed a novel concept to intrinsically reduce the heat dissipation in these lasers. In particular the ‘controversial’ aspects of her doctoral thesis, in line with VUB’s credo “Redelijk Eigenzinnig”, convinced the commission to honor her the award.
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