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Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland: 34th Annual J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland: 34th Annual J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture

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L.R. Wilson Hall, Concert Hall

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Terry Milson

Generating High-Intensity Ultrashort Optical Pulses


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Our event is now sold out! You can watch the event live in the JHE lobby. The fun starts at 3 p.m. with refreshments. Or you can watch our livestream direct at or on our Facebook page.

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. After Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou developed chirped pulse amplification, as well as a laser that could deliver short pulses of light, the intensity again increased, making new interactions possible between light and matter. It is these new laser-matter interactions, alongside their applications in industry and medicine that McMaster Engineering Physics alumna, Donna Strickland, will discuss.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

3:30 p.m. | L.R. Wilson Hall, Concert Hall
Reception 4:30 p.m. | The Waller Lobby

This public lecture is FREE, but seating is limited. Please register online to ensure your seat:

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Donna Strickland is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor. Together they paved the way toward the most intense laser pulses ever created. The research has several applications today — including the cutting of a patient’s cornea in laser eye surgery, and the machining of small glass parts for use in cell phones.

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