JILA Scientist Makes The SN 10: Scientists To Watch List

Tenio Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Image Credit: JILA

Tenio Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Image Credit: JILA

September 21, 2016 – Science News strives to make more scientists, particularly those who are young and accomplished, household names. The October 1 issue, available online today, shines a spotlight on 10 early- to mid-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim with the SN 10: Scientists to Watch. The list includes a laser physicist in Boulder, Colorado, and nine other scientists making important advances in their chosen fields.

Tenio Popmintchev, a laser physicist at the JILA institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, is being recognized for playing a key role in the invention of the first tabletop X-ray laser. The magazine dubbed this invention a “Swiss army knife made of light.” The goal of Popmintchev’s research now is to push the frontiers of the tabletop x-ray laser into higher and higher energies of x-rays. To learn more about how he plans to accomplish this goal and find out how he came to JILA from Bulgaria, check out his profile.

Each scientist included in the SN 10 was nominated by a Nobel laureate or recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. All were age 40 or under at the time of nomination, and were selected for their potential to shape the science of the future. Science News is proud to present this year’s SN 10:

  • Aneil Agrawal, 41, University of Toronto
  • Phil S. Baran, 39, Scripps Research Institute
  • Jessica Cantlon, 40, University of Rochester
  • Qian Chen, 30, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lawrence David, 33, Duke University
  • Anna Frebel, 36, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jeremy Freeman, 30, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus
  • Melissa Omand, 36, University of Rhode Island
  • Shayan Oveis Gharan, 30, University of Washington
  • Tenio Popmintchev, 39, JILA, University of Colorado Boulder
  • These remarkable scientists have followed different paths. They are tenacious and creative dreamers who are incredibly passionate about what they do. They are the minds making the next big discoveries.

    View the 10 stories of these scientists at www.sciencenews.org/SN10.