SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that Doug Baney, a leader in one of Agilent’s advanced research laboratories, was named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the field of optical measurement and sensing.

“Doug is truly deserving of this significant recognition,” said Steve Newton, vice president and director, Agilent’s Measurement Research Laboratory. “He has earned an international reputation as a leader in the field of optical measurement and sensing and has become widely recognized as a world-class researcher during his 25 years at HP and Agilent. Doug has collaborated closely with Agilent’s photonic measurement business, and his innovations -- and those of the teams he has managed -- have resulted in products that provide significant value and impact.”

Baney, manager of Agilent’s measurement and sensors department is recognized for technical and leadership contributions in:
• understanding and measuring laser-phase noise and noise in optical amplifiers, enabling the characterization of critical components that boost signal levels allowing long-distance transmission in modern optical communication systems;
• developing the first diode-pumped, heavy-metal fiber lasers operating at the orange and blue wavelengths -- at the time, the only way to realize compact lasers at these wavelengths;
• developing the world’s first coherent optical spectrum and component analyzers, the former providing 1,000 times better spectral resolution than conventional grating-based optical spectrum analyzers -- spectrum analyzers being fundamental tools in the design and implementation of advanced optical communications systems;
• inventing and developing the world’s first laser mouse -- a now-common computer accessory that can sense position on surfaces where conventional LED-based mice will not work; and
• inventing and developing an optical complex modulation analyzer -- a new class of instrument that characterizes complex modulation formats that allow greater information transmission on optical communication links.

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