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Nobel Lecture: Generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses

Join us for a enlightening evening with Professor Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018.

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. Discover how Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou developed chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, to increase the intensity again by more than a factor of 1,000 resulting in new types of interactions possible between light and matter. They 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. Plus Q&A.

Event Details

When: Tuesday 6 December 2022
Time: 6pm - 8pm
(Lecture concludes at 7pm, followed by a cocktail reception)
Venue: Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub (SNH) Physics Road, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free, registration essential for catering purposes
Register here by Thursday 1 December 2022

Professor Donna Strickland is the recipient of the prestigious Frew Fellowship and is touring Australia thanks to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS).

Professor Donna Strickland

Professor Donna Strickland

About the speaker

Professor Donna Strickland, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

Dr. Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester. Strickland earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at Princeton University.

In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. She was named a 2021 Hagler Fellow of Texas A&M University and sits on the Growth Technology Advisory Board of Applied Materials. Strickland served as the president of the Optica (formerly OSA) in 2013 and is a fellow of Optica, SPIE, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society. She is an honorary fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics, an international member of the US National Academy of Science and member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.