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Student colloquium - Alfred Jones: Light’s Fantastic

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Thursday 19 November 2020,  at 15:15 - 16:00
[Translate to English:] Inside a TiSapphire laser oscillator.
[Translate to English:] Inside a TiSapphire laser oscillator.

Supervisor: Søren Ulstrup


The Nobel prize in physics in 2018 was awarded to Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.” Their work revolutionised the field of experimental optics and has unlocked countless exciting discoveries in numerous subjects.

In this colloquium I will discuss what makes an ultrafast laser pulse and how we can produce them. Then I will take a detour via the different ways we can measure the pulses themselves, before delving into a few of the ways we use ultrafast lasers today in physics and physical chemistry.