The award, with a total prize money of 25.000 Euro, was presented on May 27, 2003 within the framework of a national congress on glass science in Leipzig (Germany).
The Otto Schott Research Award is granted for outstanding achievements in basic research, technology and applications within the field of materials, especially glasses, glass ceramics, other optical materials or components made thereof.
This years recipient received the award for his outstanding research results in the field of solid-state lasers and especially for his revolutionary work on high-power fiber lasers, short pulse fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers, in the development of which he uses glass and other materials.
Andreas Tünnermann (39) studied physics at the University of Hanover and received his doctorate there in 1992. In the same year he moved as manager to the Laserzentrum Hannover e.V., where he worked on high-power continuous diode-pumped solid-state lasers. In 1997 he received his postdoctoral qualification in Hanover in this field and was appointed to the Chair of Applied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Since early 1998 he has headed the Institute for Applied Physics there with its current staff of around 50.
Prof. Tünnermanns main research is now directed towards the field of light in spatial and temporal confinement. Well over 100 publications in highly-reputed international journals, patents and invitations to speak bear witness to the importance of his work. His applied work has been recognized with the Röntgen Award and the WLT Award.
The Otto Schott Research Prize is awarded every two years alternating with the Carl Zeiss Research Prize to provide encouragement to mainly younger scientists for exceptional achievements in basic research, technology and applications within the fields of activity of both the SCHOTT Group and the Carl Zeiss Group. Both awards are administered by the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Science in Germany and are advertised internationally in line with the global spheres of activity of both companies. The previous recipients of the award, therefore, include not only German physicists and chemists but also scientists from the USA, Japan, Russia and other European countries.