2011 Ta-You Wu Lecture: Laser-Based High Energy Fundamental Physics
Mourou, Gerard - Ecole Polytechnique

2011-10-26 16:16:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Michigan League Ballroom
Duration: 01:08:00

Introduction by Professor Brad Orr, Physics Department Chair, University of Michigan

Professor Gérard A. Mourou is Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique (France). Beginning in 1995 until recently he was at the University of Michigan as the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Applied Physics. In 1991 he became the director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. 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.

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.

In 2002, Professor Mourou was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, a fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the American Physical Society of America.

The Ta-You Wu Lectureship was endowed in 1991, through a generous gift from the University of Michigan Alumni Association in Taiwan, as a permanent tribute to Dr. Ta-You Wu, one of the U-M's late distinguished alumni.


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