Laser Congress

03 October 2021 – 07 October 2021
Optica Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 04:00)

Joint Plenary Session- Monday (JM1A)

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8:00 - 9:00
(UTC - 05:00)

From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics ()
Presenter: Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo

The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter. Chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, changed the intensity level by a few more orders of magnitude and helped usher in a new type of laser-matter interaction that is referred to as high-intensity laser physics. In this talk, I will discuss the differences between nonlinear optics and high-intensity laser physics. The development of CPA and why short, intense laser pulses can cut transparent material will also be included. I will also discuss future applications.

Authors:Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo

9:00 - 10:00
(UTC - 05:00)

Shaping the Future With Photonics and Advanced Materials ()
Presenter: Steve Rummel, II-VI Incorporated

From the invention of lasers in 1960, advances in materials and high-energy optical coatings have enabled a continuous stream of performance improvements. This progress has brought lasers to the forefront of metrology and manufacturing, and enabled processing of ever-more advanced materials such as diamond and silicon carbide. This trend continues as photonics takes center stage in the defining technology shifts of our era, from 3D sensing to laser additive manufacturing, EUV systems, and beyond. We will examine the megatrends driving these changes and what the future holds for them.

Authors:Steve Rummel, II-VI Incorporated