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The JJ Thomson Medal for Electronics was awarded to Dr. Welch for his role as a pioneer in the field of optical devices and optical networks. His technical contributions and leadership first made it possible to commercially deploy reliable high power semiconductor lasers including 980 nm laser pumps, crucially needed in low noise optical amplifiers employed in DWDM systems. Dr. Welch later achieved the first commercial optoelectronics integrated circuit, several years ahead of any competing research or developments in the laboratory. These early devices marked a quantum step in optical system design. Today, photonic integrated circuits (PICs) are essential to addressing the bandwidth and energy challenges faced by global telecommunications networks.
"It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for these achievements," said Dr. Welch. "What I am most proud of is how these innovations have now been incorporated in highly successful commercial systems by the team at
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