Public Lecture by Prof Donna Strickland, Nobel in Physics 2018

10 Feb 2020 - 5:30pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
General public (Age 14+)

'Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses'

Special Public lecture by Prof Donna Strickland
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo
Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics OX1 3PU

10 Feb 17:30 - 19:30

We are delighted to announce that 2018 Nobel laureate, Prof Donna Strickland, will be visiting the UK and will host a Special lecture in the Department.

Everyone is welcome to attend this public event, registration is required (free)
Children able to follow a lecture like this are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
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The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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.

Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment!

Images copyright Prof Strickland/University of Waterloo

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