WiM presents Professor Donna Strickland

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre - 0101
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM EST 

Event Details

Women in Mathematics presents Nobel Laureate, Professor Donna Strickland

Talk Title: 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.

People of all genders are welcome. Refreshments start at 4:30pm, Talk starts at 5pm.

Space is limited so registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.  


Donna Strickland
University of Waterloo
Professor , Department of Physics & Astronomy


Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre - 0101
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 CA


Donna Strickland WiM Event

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Kristine McGlynn