Jari Turunen, D.Sc. (Tech,), Professor

Jari Turunen, born in 1961, studied technical physics at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT, now Aalto University) in 1980's and received his doctoral degree in 1990 on partially coherent optics. During his post-graduate studies he spent a fruitful four-month period at Tsinghua University in Beijing, which diversified his research interests into diffractive optics. In 1990-1993 he worked for three years at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh as a post-doctoral researcher, exploring mainly diffractive optics, optical interconnects, and coherence phenomena. After a further one-year stay at HUT, he was appointed Professor of Optoelectronics at the University of Joensuu (now UEF) in 1994, and established there a new research group in micro-optics. Since 2000, he has acted as Professor of Physics at the same university. In 2005-2010 he held the post of Academy Professor (Academy of Finland).

Professor Turunen has published about 250 peer-reviewed papers on fundamental and applied aspects in the fields of optical coherence, polarization optics, diffraction and gratings, nanophotonics, waveguides and plasmonics, metamaterials, and ultrafast optics. He has chaired or co-chaired numerous conferences, and lectured a range of courses on diffraction, coherence, polarization, and other wave phenomena in optics, as well as on optical design, micro- and nanophotonics, and fundamental astronomy. He is a fellow of EOS, acted a Topical Editor of JOSA A in 2004-2009, and was the first (in 2000) recipient of the Physics Prize of the Vaisala Foundation (granted by the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters).

Professor Turunen is married and lives in the self-designed neo-medieval Puntarikoski Castle with his wife and two cats. His main hobby is currently gardening, in which he spends most of his spare time during the summer.