To recognize exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions which have a direct and lasting impact within the Department of Commerce.
Department of Commerce Silver Medal
Ian Coddington, Nathan Newbury and Bill Swann are recognized for record-breaking precision in both distance and spectroscopy measurement tools through pioneering advances in fiber-laser frequency combs. The Group pioneered ultra-precise measurement tools based on fiber-laser frequency combs for LIDAR and spectroscopy. The LIDAR tool is capable of pinpointing multiple objects with nanometer precision in real time over distances up to 100 kilometers, a significant breakthrough with potential applications ranging from precision manufacturing lines to maintaining satellite networks in perfect formation. The novel spectroscopy tool provides rapid, hertz-level accuracy of a full complex molecular spectrum for climate change science and other applications critical to the Nation.