Shpol’skii-Rebane-Personov Prize

The International Advisory and Program Committee (IAPC) of the International Conference on Hole Burning and Single Molecule Spectroscopy (HBSM) by suggestion of Moscow State Pedagogical University (MSPU, Russia), Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu (IP Tartu, Estonia), and Institute for Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISAN, Russia) establish a Prize to be awarded in future HBSM’s in memory of Professor Eduard Shpol’skii, Professor Karl Rebane and Professor Roman Personov (Shpol’skii-Rebane-Personov Prize), in the honor which would recognize outstanding contributions made by researchers in the field of Site-Selective Spectroscopy of Complex Condensed Matter and further development in this area.

These three scientists made grounding contributions to the field of site-selective spectroscopy:


Prof. E.V. Shpol’skii with colleagues from MSPU in 1952 have discovered the effect of appearance of quazi-linear spectra of organic chromophore molecules in specific hosts (named later as Shpol’skii matrices) at cryogenic temperatures, that open the way for fine-structure spectral analysis of complex organic condensed matter.

Prof. K.K. Rebane, heading IP Tartu, with colleagues has contributed strongly to the understanding of phenomenon of zero-phonon lines by developing in 1960-th of theoretical background for impurity centers spectroscopy, that was also continued by co-discovery of effect of persistent spectral hole burning at the same time in IP Tartu and ISAN in 1974.

Prof. R.I. Personov with colleagues from ISAN in 1972 have performed the pioneer experiments of laser fluorescence line-narrowing in dye-doped organic solids, and in 1974 co-discovered (with scientists from IP Tartu) effect of persistent spectral hole burning.

The statue of the Prize can be found in this file>>>.

The 1st winner of the Shpol’skii–Rebane–Personov Prize – Professor Fedor Jelezko

Shpol’skii–Rebane–Personov Prize is awarded for the first time during HBSM-2018 to Professor Fedor Jelezko (Ulm University, Germany) for his pioneering experiments on quantum optics with single molecules, on NV color centers in diamonds and their applications for magnetometry and quantum information.

Prof. Dr. Fedor Jelezko
Born in 1971 in Minsk, Belarus
Feb 2011 – to date: Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and, Department of Physics, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
Mar 2007 – Jan 2011: Lecturer, Senior lecturer (tenured): Physics Department, University of Stuttgart
Jan 2007 – Dec 2010: Visiting Professor, ENS Cachan, France.
Oct 1999 – Mar 2007: Research Assistant, Physical Institute, University of Stuttgart
Short description of the relation to the field of site-selective spectroscopy, and to HBSM communityMade full use of zero-phonon line of organic molecules and of color centers to test quantum optical concepts such as light shift, Rabi resonances, etc. and to develop new applications such as sensitive magnetometry.
Main achievmentsIn pioneering work over the last decade, Fedor Jelezko has made ground-breaking contributions that have established atomic scale lattice defects, so called colour centers, in diamond as a technology that can harness quantum coherence and entanglement even under ambient conditions. Furthermore, Fedor Jelezko has developed applications in such devices that are ranging from quantum information processing to the realization of new quantum sensing and imaging technologies and he has demonstrated their in-principle feasibility in experiments.
Main related papers1. Schmitt S., Gefen T., Stürner F.M., Unden T., Wolff G., Müller C., Scheuer J., Naydenov B., Markham M., Pezzagna S., Meijer J., Schwarz I., Plenio M., Retzker A., McGuinness L.P., Jelezko F: Submillihertz magnetic spectroscopy performed with a nanoscale quantum sensor. Science. 2017. V. 356. No. 6340. P. 832.
2. Balasubramanian G., Chan I.Y., Kolesov R., Al-Hmoud M., Tisler J., Shin C., Kim C., Wojcik A., Hemmer P.R., Krueger A., Hanke T., Leitenstorfer A., Bratschitsch R., Jelezko F., Wrachtrup J., Nanoscale imaging magnetometry with diamond spins under ambient conditions. Nature. 2008. V. 455. No .7213. P. 648.
3. London P., Scheuer J., Cai J.M., Schwarz I., Retzker A., Plenio M.B., Katagiri M., Teraji T., Koizumi S., Isoya J., Fischer R., McGuinness L.P., Naydenov B., Jelezko F., Detecting and Polarizing Nuclear Spins with Double Resonance on a Single Electron Spin. Physical Review Letters. 2013. V. 111. No. 6. Art. No. 067601.
4. Neumann P., Beck J., Steiner M., Rempp F., Fedder H., Hemmer P.R., Wrachtrup J., Jelezko F. Single-Shot Readout of a Single Nuclear Spin. Science. 2010. V. 329. No. 5991. P. 542.
5. Jelezko F., Gaebel T., Popa I., Gruber A., Wrachtrup J. Observation of coherent oscillations in a single electron spin. Physical Review Letters. 2004. V. 92. No. 7. Art. No. 076401.