Friday, January 27, 2017

Seminar: "OPA driven by thin-disk lasers" by Knut Michel, 1.27.17/1:30PM-2:30PM/CREOL RM 103

Seminar: "OPA driven by thin-disk lasers" by Knut Michel
Friday, February 3, 2017 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
CREOL Room 103
Knut Michel

Abstract:Optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers (OPCPA) have emerged as a powerful tool for generating broadband few-cycle light pulses. They have the potential to generate such pulses at the multi-mJ level.
During the last decade OPCPA based systems have gained increasing recognition in the field of ultrafast science. These systems are used for high harmonic generation (HHG) and the generation of isolated attosecond pulses. Higher repetition rate systems can be found in applications like photoemission electron microscopy or target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy. These applications strongly benefit from kHz repetition rates due to reduced integration times and an improved signal-to-noise ratio. One main part of an OPCPA system is the pump laser. The OPCPA performance and stability is directly linked to the quality of its pump beam. In this talk we will present the latest developments in picosecond thin-disk laser technology and its usage as a powerful and scalable pump for OPCPA systems and other applications.

Biography:Knut Michel is the Managing Director of TRUMPF Scientific Lasers, a joint venture between the TRUMPF Group and Professor Ferenc Krausz, Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching.
Previously Knut Michel worked as the personal assistant to TRUMPF Managing Partner and head of the business unit laser technology and electronics Dr.-Ing. E. h. Peter Leibinger who is one of the owners of the TRUMPF company.
Knut Michel studied Physics at Technical University in Darmstadt and received his PhD in the field of laser and plasma physics. The focus of his work was laser-accelerated ion beams.

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