Donna Strickland

From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics


Abstract

With the invention of lasers, the intensity of a light wave was increased by orders of magnitude leading to new phenomena being observed like violet light coming out when red light went into the material. The laser intensity increased dramatically again with the development of Chirped Pulse Amplification, which created short, intense pulses of light that kicked electrons off their atoms. This new high-intensity laser matter interaction lead to new laser machining techniques that are now commonly used in eye surgery.


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