Generating High-Intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

Lise-Meitner-Lectures 2023 in Berlin gemeinsam mit der Österreichischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Botschaft von Kanada und der Deutsch-Kanadischen-Gesellschaft

Th, 27.04.2023 17:00  –   Th, 27.04.2023 20:00
Prof. Dr. Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstrasse 42, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Historischer Hörsaal – HS 10
Event partner:
ÖPG / Deutsch-Kanadische-Gesellschaft / Botschaft von Kanada
Contact person:
Dr. Michaela Lemmer,
DPG Association:
Working Group on Equal Opportunities (AKC)  
External Link:
Vortragsreihe "Lise-Meitner-Lectures"



17:00 Uhr greetings 

Prof. Julia von Blumenthal, Präsidentin der HU Berlin 
Prof. Joachim Ullrich, DPG- Präsident 
Prof. Christian Teichert, ÖPG- Präsident 
Stefan Rizor, LL. M.,Vorstandsvorsitzender der Deutsch-Kanadischen-Gesellschaft
Andreas Weichert, Minister Counsellor Economic, Geschäftsträger der Botschaft von Kanada

followed by a lecture Prof. Dr. Donna Strickland


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.


Short Biography

Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester.
Strickland earned a B.Eng. from McMaster University and a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester. Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at Princeton University. In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. She was named a 2021 Hagler Fellow of Texas A&M University and sits on the Growth Technology Advisory Board of Applied Materials.
Strickland served as the president of the Optica (formerly OSA) in 2013 and is a fellow of Optica, SPIE, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society. She is an honorary fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics, an international member of the US National Academy of Science and member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada.