Seminar: "Overview of ARL-WMRD USPL Activities" or Decrypted: "Overview of US Army Research Lab - Weapons and Materials Research Directorate Ultrashort Pulse Laser Activities" – Tony Valenzuela
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 / 11-12pm
Army Research Laboratory
The author will discuss the function of ultrashort pulse lasers (USPL) in Army research, primarily in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). A general overview will be given concerning the functions of the US Army Research Lab (ARL) and interactions with the Army Research Office (ARO), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and the Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI). The overview will then move to specific areas of investigation in WMRD by the author and colleagues including propagation through obscurants, filament ablation and electron density characterization. The overview will conclude with a discussion on viewpoints that have gained interest in the Defense community and future opportunities.
Dr. Anthony Valenzuela completed his PhD thesis in 2005 from the University of Michigan on the topic of UV and XUV generation from interacting free electrons accelerated by relativistic ultrashort pulse lasers (USPL) and intense lasers pulses. His post-doctoral work at Los Alamos National Lab centered on optical diagnostics of laser ablation of thin metal films, using Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) and Shack-Hartmann interferometry. Subsequently, Dr. Valenzuela began work for the US Army Research Lab on optical design and USPL-based plasma filaments diagnostics.
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