Extreme Light: Bridging Optics and Fundamental High Energy Physics

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The possibility to amplify laser to extreme peak power offers a new paradigm unifying the atomic and subatomic worlds, to include Nuclear physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. After the description of a technique to generate zeptosecond pulses, of exawatt to zettawatt power in the x-ray and ray regimes, we will enunciate the applications. They will include giant particle acceleration to the level of TeV/cm providing a means for to go Beyond the High Energy Standard Model and contribute to apprehend Cosmic Acceleration and revealing Dark Matter.

Gérard Mourou, École polytechnique, Paris, France
Bowen Hall
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Room 222
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:30pm
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Applied Physics

Speaker Bio

Gérard A. Mourou is Director of the Laboratoire d’ Optique Appliquée at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technique Avancée and Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique (France). Previously, he was the Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, at the University of Michigan. Professor Mourou pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines. His research accomplishments include the creation of the ultrahigh-intensity fields, advances in relativistic nonlinear optics, generation of terahertz radiation, development of picosecond high-power switching and picosecond electron diffraction. In the area of applications he pioneered the field of sub-wavelength machining and with medical colleagues the field of femtosecond ophthalmology. Professor Mourou has received many awards, including the R. W. Wood Prize for outstanding discovery and inventions in the field of ultrafast optical science, the Harold E. Edgerton Award, and the D. Sarnoff Award from IEEE, both for ultrafast optical techniques and invention of the Chirped Pulse Amplification technique. In 2002, Prof. Mourou was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the American Physical Society of America. In 2009, OSA awarded him the Charles Hard Townes Award for outstanding contribution to the field of quantum electronics.