November 1, 2007

The Subaru Telescope proudly announces that Dr. Olivier Guyon will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the President himself today at the White House. The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers, and recognizes the recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

Since 2002, Dr. Guyon has worked at Subaru Telescope as an Adaptive Optics (AO) Astronomer while receiving a NASA grant to develop special equipment to boost the AO system. His research interest spans a wide range of distances, from the exoplanets nearby to the quasar host galaxies in far away space. Using new concepts for stellar coronagraphy being developed by Dr. Guyon combined with a new AO system, the Subaru telescope will strengthen its capability to capture further details of the planets and planet-forming regions located around nearby stars. Dr. Guyon obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Paris VI in 2002 with a research topic of wide-field interferometry, a drastic improvement from the traditional interferometry that is limited to a narrow field of view.

The PECASE awards, established in 1996 by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, were created to highlight those individuals whose work shows the greatest promise to benefit the nominating agency's mission. Dr. Guyon was nominated by NASA, and will receive a further support for his research.

For information about the PECASE awards on the internet, please visit

For detailed information about Dr. Guyon and his research, please visit his personal web page at

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