South End Dining Hall
October 11, 2018
11:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Ultrashort Pulse Laser Systems – what are they and what can you do with them?
Galen C. Duree Jr.
Department Head and Professor
Physics and Optical Engineering Department
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Terre Haute, Indiana
Ultrashort Pulse Laser Systems (USPL) have experienced a great deal of growth since turn-key systems were developed back in 2004. However, many scientists and engineers still do not know why this type of laser light is important. I will describe how we make light pulses that have a shorter duration than typical atomic response timescales. Since this creates a new physics situation in terms of light-matter interactions, I will discuss some particularly interesting applications that only USPL light can accomplish.
Science & Math Colloquium