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NRL researcher named Fellow of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)

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Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Lynda E. Busse


Dr. Lynda E. Busse, U.S. Naval Reearch Laboratory

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WASHINGTON  –  U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research physicist Lynda E. Busse, Ph.D., was named a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for outstanding technical contributions to the development of novel infrared (IR) optical materials and photonics devices.
Announced December 2023, the 47 new Fellows represent high-profile leaders in academia, industry, and government, and are being honored for their technical achievements as well as for their service to SPIE and the optics and photonics community. Dr. Busse was recognized along with many of the other new Fellows at the 2024 SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, California on January 30.
“Being named as a Fellow of SPIE is a great honor for being recognized by my peers outside NRL and extends to all the team members I have worked with over the years to advance critical technologies impacting the Navy and DoD” said Dr. Busse.
Busse joined NRL in 1986 and is currently a research physicist in the Optical Materials and Devices Branch. She has been principal investigator on many programs that have led to major advances in technology and applications critical to the Navy and Department of Defense.

During her 38 years at the laboratory, she has been involved with the development and evaluation of IR materials and IR-transmitting fibers and devices, including the implementation of fibers in IR countermeasures systems for protection of military aircraft, as well as fibers and optical materials for applications in laser surgery, domes for countermeasures systems, materials for optical limiting, infrared fiber Bragg gratings, IR fiber switch development, and laser components and prototype laser systems for countermeasures and chemical sensing.
“Dr. Lynda Busse was elevated to the rank of SPIE Fellow for her pioneering work in the development and evaluation of infrared materials, fibers and devices in support of Naval and DoD applications and her strong involvement in the transfer of technology to industry” said Jasbinder S. Sanghera, Ph.D., Optical Materials and Devices Branch Head.
Busse has been involved with transfer of technology and patent licenses to industry and was recognized with the NRL Technology Transfer Award in 2010. Recently, Busse has led several programs for the development and application of “moth eye” antireflective surface structures on optics for various applications, including optics and windows for high energy lasers. Busse has published more than 165 journal papers and conference proceedings, has 25 issued and pending patents and co-authored two book chapters, and has received two NRL Alan Berman Publication awards. Since 2019 she has served as Chair of the Photonic Instrumentation Engineering Conference at SPIE Photonics West. In 2019 she was named a Senior Member of Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America).

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