WITS Student Wins Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize!

Congratulations to Nokwazi Mphuthi whose paper, titled “Are Bessel beams resilient to aberrations and turbulence?”, was selected by the editors of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A), as the top paper published in the Journal by an emerging researcher in 2018. The editors were particularly impressed by the originality of the study, the depth of the scientific analysis, and the clarity of presentation. Nokwazi is a PhD student working on using structured light to improve laser ranging efficiency. The project is in collaboration with the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory under the National Research Foundation.

Summa Cum Laude PhD

Congratulations on the newly appointed Doctor Eileen Otte! Eileen was Professor Forbe’s student that he co-supervised along with Professor Cornelia Denz. Eileen has received Summa Cum Laude for her PhD, the the highest award from the university for a PhD student!

Still making the news!

Three years later and our review paper on the creation and detection of optical modes with spatial light modulators has become one of the 10 most cited and downloaded article over the past decade, peaking at #1 in 2016.