Generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses

EQUS is excited to be sponsoring the following free, public event:

Speaker: Professor Donna Strickland, 2018 Nobel Laureate, Physics

Title: Generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses

Date: 8 December 2022, 5:30–8:30 pm AEST

Location: QCA Lecture Theatre S05 2.04, South Bank Campus Griffith University

Registation: Free but limited registrations available until 12 pm AEST 6 December 2022, at

Abstract: 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 Donna Strickland 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. Consequently, developing 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.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

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