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UA Professor Sergi Gallego appointed Senior Member by the International Society for Optics and Photonics


Alicante. Monday 23 September 2019

UA Professor Sergi Gallego has been appointed a Senior Member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in recognition of his achievements in holography and liquid-crystal spatial light modulators. The appointment of senior members for the year 2019 has been recently published on SPIE’s website.

SPIE’s Board of Directors approved the appointment of 106 scientists from all over the world as senior members. Senior members must have a distinguished career as researchers and be actively involved with both the international community of optics and photonics and the Society. The UA professor has been one of the three Spaniards appointed as SPIE senior members this year.

Sergi Gallego's research career is focused on holography. His most remarkable contributions include the application of photopolymers and liquid-crystal displays to optical image processing and diffractive optics with laser light beams. Moreover, Sergi Gallego is director of the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory and belongs to the Research Group in Holography and Optical Processing and the University Institute of Physics Applied to Science and Technology.

The appointment of Professor Gallego as Senior Member acknowledges his professional career and his contribution to the international photonics community.

Founded in 1955, SPIE is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Bellingham, USA. It has 257,000 members from 173 countries and is regarded as one of the leading scientific institutions in the dissemination of advances in optics and photonics. SPIE publishes several of the most relevant journals in the field, such as Advanced Photonics, Optical Engineering, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Journal of Electronic Imaging, Journal of Nanophotonics, Journal of Photonics for Energy or Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, with electronic editions available on the SPIE Digital Library.



Sergi Gallego graduated in Physics from the University of Valencia and earned his PhD from the University of Alicante. He joined the University of Alicante in 2001, first as a researcher at the Department of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy, and since 2004 as a lecturer at the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory (DFISTS), where he became Professor of Applied Physics in 2017. Member of the UA Research Group in Holography and Optical Processing (GHPO) and the University Institute of Physics Applied to Science and Technology (IUFACyT). His work focuses on holography, mainly holographic recording materials and holographic data storage, liquid crystal-based spatial light modulators, optical image processing and diffractive optics, non-linear science, and teaching of physics.

Author of more than 110 articles in high-impact journals indexed in JCR, he has submitted about 120 papers at national and international conferences and has co-authored two invention patents. In addition to several research visits at leading centres and universities, he has been principal investigator on two projects within the Spanish National R&D&i Plan, one of which is currently active, and a research project funded by the Valencia Region Government. He has taken part in approximately 50 research projects (notably in two projects within the Valencia Region Government’s Prometeo Programme for excellence research groups from the region), support for infrastructure, complementary actions, and support for groups.

He has directed three PhD theses and numerous undergraduate and master’s final projects.

Member of, among others, the Spanish Royal Physics Society, the Spanish Society of Optics (SEDOPTICA), the European Optical Society and the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE).




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