SAVE THE DATE | Unexpected Ultrafast (60 Years of Nonlinear Optics) by Prof. John Dudley
Do not miss the online talk organised by the Imperial College Optical Society on October 8 !
On october 8, the Imperial College of Optical Society will host an online talk with Prof. John Dudley - Professor of Physics at the CNRS Research Institute FEMTO-ST in Besancon, France- to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Nonlinear Optics.
Abstract: The award of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognized once again the importance of light science and technology, particularly the role of ultrafast lasers in opening new fields of physics and driving important applications. However, although ultrafast technology is ubiquitous in many areas of daily life, its historical development and science remains largely unknown outside the specialist laser community. The objective of this talk will be to correct this with a general lecture tracing the exciting history of ultrafast science from the development of the first lasers in the 1960s to some of the latest research today. Along the way, we will explore the general historical context, the discovery of solitons in the 19th century, some unexpected links with the Manhattan project, and also the key role played by the field of nonlinear optics which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Since this talk will be given in the same week as the Nobel Prizes are awarded, some general information from the Nobel Prize archives will also be discussed.
October 8, 2021 | 15:00 – 16:00 CEST