Lecture by Donna Strickland – Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Lecture by Donna Strickland – Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

On Wednesday, November 6, Polytechnique Montréal will have the privilege to welcome Donna Strickland, 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. The OSA-SPIE student chapter and prof. Raman Kashyap warmly invite you to attend her presentation from 10:30 to 11:15 at the Bernard Lamarre amphitheater (6th floor of the main building). Details on her « Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses » presentation are provided below:

With the invention of lasers, the intensity of a light wave was increased by orders of magnitude over what had been achieved with a light bulb or sunlight. This much higher intensity led to new phenomena being observed, such as violet light coming out when red light went into the material. After Gérard Mourou and I developed chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, the intensity again increased by more than a factor of 1,000 and it once again made new types of interactions possible between light and matter. We developed a laser that could deliver short pulses of light that knocked the electrons off their atoms. This new understanding of laser-matter interactions, led to the development of new machining techniques that are used in laser eye surgery or micromachining of glass used in cell phones.

Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses, Dr. Donna Strickland

Looking forward to seeing you,

Pr. Raman Kashyap and OSA-SPIE student chapter