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Women in Science - Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

Tue., Mar. 1, 2022 12:00 p.m. - Tue., Mar. 1, 2022 1:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Featuring Dr. Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate (2018) and Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo

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.

This year's talk is being co-hosted by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School's Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy and the Department of Physics at the University of Regina.

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Date ( Add to your Calendar)
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

How to Connect
Delivered by Zoom - Please register online and a link will be emailed to you.

The Women in Science (WinS) Speaker Series showcases leading female scientists to recognize their contribution to policy development and national dialogue as well as brings awareness to challenges faced by women in science. For more information, please click here:

Karen Jaster-Laforge