Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

General interest seminar

Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

  • Event time: 4:00pm until 5:00pm
  • Event date: 4th November 2021
  • Speaker: Prof Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo)
  • Location: Swann Lecture Theatre, Swann Building, KB

Event details

This event is organised by the Edinburgh University Physics and Astronomy Society.

Professor Donna Strickland (Nobel laureate in Physics 2018) will give a talk titled 'Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses'. 


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. 

Attending the event

Attendance in person is limited.  Those who can attend in person have been notified by Dr John Loveday.

Details to attend online via Zoom - 

Topic: Donna Strickland’s talk

Time: Nov 4, 2021 03:50 PM London

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