Frew Fellowship Lecture with Nobel Laureate, Prof Donna Strickland: Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

Frew Fellowship Lecture: Generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses. Dr Donna Strickland.
 

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

About the lecture

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.
 

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

Book to attend this event


Prof 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 Prof 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. Prof 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.

Prof 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. Prof 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. 

Contact Information

5:30 PM December 07, 2022
Add to reminder to
Add to Calendar 07/12/2022 5:30 PM 07/12/2022 5:30 PM Australia/Sydney Frew Fellowship Lecture with Nobel Laureate, Prof Donna Strickland: Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses
Frew Fellowship Lecture: Generating high-intensity, ultrashort optical pulses. Dr Donna Strickland.
 

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

About the lecture

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.
 

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


Prof 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 Prof 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. Prof 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.

Prof 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. Prof 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. 

false DD/MM/YYYY

Contact Information

5:30 PM December 07, 2022

© 2023 Australian Academy of Science

Top