Frew Fellowship Lecture with Nobel Laureate, Dr Donna Strickland: Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics

 

Join the Australian Academy of Science for a lecture by Frew Fellow and Nobel Laureate, Dr Donna Strickland.

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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, Frew Fellow and Nobel Laureate, Dr Donna Strickland, will discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics; the development of CPA; why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material; and future applications.

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2022

Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT

Cost: Free, bookings required

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Dr Donna Strickland

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 Dr Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester.

She earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Dr 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.

Dr 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 Sciences and member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. Dr Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

The Geoffrey Frew Fellowship

The Geoffrey Frew Fellowship was initiated in 1970 through a personal donation from Mr G S V Frew, Chair of Varian Techtron Pty Ltd. Fellowships are awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to participate in the biennial Australian Spectroscopy Conference and to visit scientific centres in Australia. Since 2015, the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society has generously matched the Academy’s funding support to this Fellowship. 

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Join the Australian Academy of Science for a lecture by Frew Fellow and Nobel Laureate, Dr Donna Strickland.

About the lecture

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, Frew Fellow and Nobel Laureate, Dr Donna Strickland, will discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics; the development of CPA; why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material; and future applications.

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2022

Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT

Cost: Free, bookings required


Dr Donna Strickland

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 Dr Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester.

She earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Dr 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.

Dr 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 Sciences and member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. Dr Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

The Geoffrey Frew Fellowship

The  was initiated in 1970 through a personal donation from Mr G S V Frew, Chair of Varian Techtron Pty Ltd. Fellowships are awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to participate in the biennial Australian Spectroscopy Conference and to visit scientific centres in Australia. Since 2015, the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society has generously matched the Academy’s funding support to this Fellowship. 

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