Dr. Ian Coddington is recognized for pioneering rapid, precision metrology tools based on robust, low-cost fiber frequency comb sources that have positioned him at the forefront of remote sensing and spectroscopy research and for contributions to early child development and science enrichment programs in his community. Dr. Coddington's internationally-acclaimed research has dramatically broadened the impact of frequency combs to cover critical sensing problems of national importance, such as precise and accurate spectroscopy of airborne chemicals and absolute distance measurements over kilometers with nanometer precision.
In his brief career, Dr. Coddington has authored 50 refereed papers that have been cited over 1000 times by other research groups. These publications describe diverse accomplishments in spectroscopy, laser measurements, remote sensing, and Bose-Einstein condensate dynamics. Especially noteworthy are his articles on Bose-Einstein condensate dynamics; precision dual comb spectroscopy; rapid precision light detection and ranging (LIDAR); and coherent optical links. Even three years after its demonstration, Dr. Coddington's dual-comb spectrometer exceeds the resolution, accuracy and spectral span of other comb-based systems, often by orders of magnitude. The combination of high scan rates, precision and accuracy of his LIDAR system remains unmatched by any other comb technique. This ability to perform accurate metrology on rapidly tuned lasers opens up new areas of remote sensing through the use of arbitrary cw optical waveforms.