Lecture: From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics


Monday, March 4, 2019, 4:15pm


Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter.  Chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, changed the intensity level by a few more orders of magnitude and helped usher in a new type of laser-matter interaction that is referred to as high-intensity laser physics. 

In this talk, Professor Donna Stricklandwill discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics. The development of CPA and why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material will also be included. She will also discuss future applications.

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