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Poon named Fellow of the Institute of Physics

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T. C. Poon

T.-C. Poon, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Physics for his "outstanding contribution to the profession."

Poon has conducted pioneering research in applied optics and holography, perfecting a real-time holographic technique based on active optical scanning. Utilizing an incoherent image processing system, Poon created optical scanning holography (OSH), allowing holographic information to be extracted by a single two-dimensional optical scan.

This work led to the award of several patents in the U.S. and Japan. Poon also combined optical scanning holography with the advantages of fluorescence techniques to develop the first 3-D holographic fluorescence microscope. Poon is working on developing 3-D optical object recognition applications, as well as exploring the use of optical scanning holography in 3-D cryptography, 3-D optical remote sensing and the creation of 3-D holographic displays.

Poon has published several textbooks, including Optical Scanning Holography with MATLAB, Digital Holography and Three-Dimensional Display: Principles and Applications, and Principles of Applied Optics by publishers such as Springer and Cambridge University Press. He is the author or co-author of more than 130 journal articles in publications including Optics Express, Journal of Optics, Optics Communications and Nature Photonics.

Poon is an editorial board member for Optics & Laser Technology, the Journal of Holography and Speckle, 3D Research and Chinese Optics Letters. He has served on several committees of the Optical Society, the leading professional association in optics and photonics, including chairing the Emmett N. Leith Medal Committee this year.

Poon received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1982, where he also earned his Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1977.